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Stenciling for a South Indian look….

Here is a quick stenciling done on a wall to create a simple yet rich look with south Indian touch to the decor. Every home has a flavour of its own. It reflects the culture, tradition and the practices of the people living there. Raised ceilings, teak wood doors and windows, traditional brass figurines, picture frames of great grand parents are some of key elements of most homes built during the 80’s. While creating anything new, it is extremely important to blend the new decor with the one that is already existing.


Here is a TV Unit from Urban Ladder. The unit is in Sheesham wood with a teak wood finish. This matches the wood finish of all the broad windows and doors. Yellow is a highly preferred south Indian colour. Hindus associate it with turmeric and so according to me, this colour signifies festivities, purity and prosperity. It is the colour of the sun and therefore brings with it sunshine, joy and cheerfulness. Since it brings good luck, vaastu consultants suggest a bit of yellow in the foyer.


Love how this turmeric yellow provides for a very energetic background to the ever in trend brass figurines. Trust me…this combination is an instant hit for a typical south Indian decor.


Process – I used a background colour similiar to turmeric yellow. The colour code is 7918 Empire Yellow from Asian Paints. To create a border, I used oil emulsions in yellow and blue till i achieved a blue-green that satisfied me. This was left to dry for almost 24 hours. I then stenciled the border using white artists acrylic paints.


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