Managing home and its interiors have always been a passion for women. The availability of interior products from plethora of national and international brands is enabling the customer to have more choice. It also allows the customer to have a free hand to spend to stand unique and to reflect his style and interests. Although, there is influence of western brands, there is lot of room for carpentry work in various styles depending on the budget and interest of the customer.
“Furniture evolved over time but we retain most features of those from the past. However, there is a change in material and design to suit the interiors and satisfy needs. Earlier, there was ample space and a lot of scope for designers. With the shrinking space, there is demand for furniture that is built-in and convertible. For instance, furniture like sofa-cum-bed, bed with storage boxes, and there are also tables that are attached to the wall and unfolded only when required, leaving the home spacious.
“People also prefer compact, light weight furniture which are easily movable to change the interior design of the house or while relocating,” said Vaishali Sen, an architect and also department head (interior design) Hamstech Institute of Fashion and Interior designing.
On current trends, she said, “Interior designing has to follow a specific theme; either it can be contemporary or an antique style or it can be fusion to have the best of both the styles. For instance, eating on the floor is a tradition in India. The household can have the dining table at very low height and have the cushions on the floor.”
“Wood is an important part. The role of carpenter cannot be ignored in the customisation of the interiors. It is very important to plan well in advance for getting the carpentry work done.
“Furniture like wardrobe, kitchen cabinet, which have to be customised can be only done with carpenter. He also plays crucial role in fitting the readymade furniture or while designing and making other furniture like bunk-beds and wall panels, especially for LED TVs, according to required dimensions,” she explains.“The role of western furniture or brands does come when customer is seeking an elegant and royal look. This may sometimes be quite difficult to replicate by using the services of a carpenter.
“For instance, if a customer wants his furniture according to the Victorian style, it is necessary go with the furniture from western brands, which have huge ornamentation, carvings and mouldings with royal colours,” she explains.“The customer should not forget the functional part of the furniture and should not be simply carried away with the look and style,” she adds.