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Bedroom of the kilim-inspired interior

Exaggerated motifs are carried to the exterior as well.

Bright yellow to deep orange for a dining room focus wall.

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Workspace 31 Jan 2014

Creating unique wall finishes with Meera Dabir

An in-depth look at creating wall finishes that are distinctive, allowing you to express your personality within a space.

Meera Dabir’s extensive experience sees her take on roles of an artist, designer, and colour consultant. Her area of expertise is in colour consultancy and decorative paintings of interior spaces and furniture. This includes creating textured paint effects, faux finishes, designing graphic murals, and other decorative embellishments for interior spaces and furniture. With a Masters in Design from The University for the Creative Arts in the United Kingdom, her experience has translated into work for varied commercial spaces, such as corporate offices, restaurants, and other places of business. She works for clients in Mumbai where she is based, as well as around India and abroad. Her interest in design revolves around process-based creation. Meera enjoys planning the process of laying in the details for a space— including colour, furniture, accents, and highlights.

Designing For a Space

Since the very beginning my focus has been on creating work that feels organic and thematically authentic without overwhelming the chosen design directive. In my practice, I feel that colour and texture should add dimension and interest to the existing space. My process begins with an understanding of the kind of spaces the clients desire, as well as enough about their personalities to gauge how to best represent their tastes and requirements, while still working within the parameters of my aesthetic sensibility and current design trends, as far as possible.

Kilim-Inspired Interior

Bedroom of the kilim-inspired interior

The Space 

The space in question is a bedroom belonging to the client’s 25-year old son.  The client was interested in creating a vibrant, urban space that still maintained a sense of warmth and character. They were interested in using inspiration from folk artefacts they had collected in their travels, specifically, a number of kilim-style rugs. 

Intent for the Space 

Instead of the more traditional format of concentrating the decorative feature on one key wall while the remaining walls are left plain, for this project I chose to treat the space as one contiguous canvas. Several kilim motifs were adapted into geometric graphics that would be used to embellish the wall. The scale of the motifs were exaggerated for dramatic effect and also, since we had decided not to create a traditional repeating pattern, an exaggerated scale was required so that the finished effect would be appropriately visually balanced.

Exaggerated motifs are carried to the exterior as well.

Colour Application Process 

After roughly ascertaining the placement and scale of each motif on the wall, masking tape was used to block out the pattern. The colour was then applied by sponge in a series of base- and wash-combinations. This was done for each colour used. Often for larger graphics an overall base colour was applied to the blocked off section and subsequent colours were blocked off with the tape and applied one-by-one.

Colour Palette 

We chose to stay within a vibrant, warm, earth palette. Shades chosen were chocolate brown, beige, vermillion red, and deep orange with cerulean blue and gold accents.

Ombre Focus-Wall

Bright yellow to deep orange for a dining room focus wall.

The Space 

The space is a dining room wall that the client wanted done in shades of yellow  and orange.

Intent for the Space 

As the colours chosen were very bright  I chose to keep the texture striking but not cluttered. Therefore it was decided to create a shade graduation to create an ombre effect.

Colour Application Process 

The wall was first painted in two coats of yellow plastic paint. When that was dry, the two shades of bright yellow colourwash was applied by sponge. A coat of mango colourwash was applied by brush starting about a third of the way from the top. Next at about the midpoint of the wall, a bright orange was applied using the same technique. A final wash of deep orange was applied about a third of the way from the bottom. Water was brushed on at the time of application to blend the coats of paint. 

Colour Palette

The colours finally chosen were shades of chrome yellow, mango yellow, bright orange, and deep orange.

Access more of Meera Dabir’s work and processes at www.mformottle.blogspot.in

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