For all you home makeover connoisseurs who ogle at before-after pictures endlessly (like me!), the name Shivani Dogra should flash the famous pictures of her Delhi pad in your mind. The now-renowned Delhi-based interior designer gave a complete makeover to her rental home on a low budget.
Ever since I read about her little renovation project on a budget in BBC GoodHomes, I’ve associated her style with simplicity, uniqueness, use of natural fabric, and the right dose of color. Shivani talks about her design mantra, where she finds her great finds, what projects she undertakes and more. Read on..
It’s been three years since she transitioned into the world of interiors after moving from Mumbai to Delhi. It’s a delight to take a glimpse at some of her new projects. Indian interiors are often associated with a liberal use of color so much so that at times it gets monotonous. So, this black and white space feels downright fresh to me.
How to design your home on a budget from local market finds
Her design mantra: Choose fabrics that match in texture and color tones. For instance, if you’re going natural then see to it that all the pieces look hand done or have rougher edges even if they’re mill made.
If you have a piece of fabric that has a lot of colors, use it on a chair or tow perhaps and may be the curtains, but make sure the rest of the upholstery room is simple and draws its colors from that piece.
Her love for fabrics is evident in all the pictures. She says, ” I love Ikats in bright colours but am still waiting for an opportunity to use them. I love Indian handwoven textiles from all over the country- they’re unique and part of our heritage.
In a country where old houses are giving way to flats and the furnishings used in the new places are imitation western, where money is spent blindly on what builders and contractors think is stylish, it’s important to realize that with a little effort and imagination you can have a flat that’s different as you are.
Like her style? Thinking what it would be like to unleash Shivani’s creativity in to your space? Then, you would be delighted to know that Shivani undertakes projects all over the country. She says, ” I like travel and new projects in different places are more than welcome. I’m currently doing work in Valparai, Tamil Nadu. I’ve worked in Arunachal Pradesh as well. “