Home is Where The Heart(h) is: Kitsch Style of Decorating

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Sheela Kedarinath

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Hello again! If you happen look up the meaning of kitsch, one of the definitions goes like this:

Pieces of art or other objects that appeal to popular or uncultivated taste, as in being garish or overly sentimental.

Wondering whether to really read this piece? Hmmm. I don’t think you should let the dictionary come in your way. And that too after all these years of collecting your artefacts!

Quite contrary to the above quote, kitsch is no longer considered cheesy or tacky — and that’s not just me saying it. Take a look at the web! And Indian kitsch is great — the vibrant colours and hues that this style of décor brings out is just too good to be true! A mix of different things and styles and presto! You have the kitsch style of decorating.

So do your thing. Make a list of the collectibles you have and see where it would fit in your home. Would you like just one room to be kitschy? Take a look at the picture below — this is what your bedroom could look like!



 Courtesy: http://www.houzz.com/photos/bedroom/query/kitschy

Some of the elements which you need to consider to get the kitschy style right:

Walls — Light or white would be nice!

Curtains — Simple curtains if your artefacts are bright and colourful

 Dining room — If you have a table that you would like to hide – cover it up with a bright table cloth that matches your table runner, which you have been preserving for an occasion. Park the cute salt and pepper shakers on the table along with your lovely vase!   Or leave the table bare and assemble a variety of colourful upholstered chairs around it.

kitsch dining

Mismatched dining chairs

Living room — If the walls are white or light coloured, chances are you can do up your living room the way you please and can afford to be a little bold.

big dhokradhokra

Find a space for that vintage lamp, the odd shell that you have picked up on your travels, the dated clock which has been hiding in your bedroom  (and you don’t have the heart to throw away), the old gramophone player which has been preserved for generations, a painting you picked up years ago and is closeted in your loft…These two products could be just the ticket:

Teakwood sofa with Dhokra work

floral tablecloth

Floral print cotton table cloth

Bedroom — Use the Rajasthani-printed bedcover (which never tears, though you have tried to ruin it in the washing machine)   knick-knacks, book shelves and lamp shades to instill life into the bedroom or your children’s room.


Bathroom — Aha! This is the nice part. It is amazing to see what a few face and hand towels, bathroom mat and coffee mugs can do. Are you tired of drinking coffee in that mug and want to pick up some new ones? Don’t fret. Just use the mug in the bathroom – for the toothbrushes and tooth paste of course! Do you have some animal figurines? Use those as well to lend colour and presence.

Balcony, terrace or patio gardens — This can be fun to do if you have a kitschy living room, especially if the balcony is an extension of your living room.


Go crazy and paint your pots yellow, red and blue and grow beautiful colourful flowers!  Or just buy new ones! Use all the terracotta accessories you have to make a statement. Do you have an old water container? Colour it a pretty purple or green and place it in your balcony.

Window treatments – Use white preferably, so that the focus in your room/s will be the accessories.

Floor décor – If you have a pretty rug, make it your focal point and dress other things around this colour

kitsch rug

Accessories — Bring out all your accessories and arrange them in such a way that it pleases your eye.

After all, that’s what kitschy décor is all about, isn’t it?  Use the old and ring in the new!Take a look at Diane Zweig’s (The Kitschy Art Collector) home:

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In the next one, we will explore the Traditional style of houses. Till then enjoy shopping and a few suggestions for your kitsch styled home below.


Artondoor Clock                 Hand made thrunk up elephant with Meenakari work

Life is awesome ceramic muglamp

Life is awesome ceramic mug                          Multi color glass lantern

Happy decorating ! If you have any questions, reach out to me at zensai2015@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer your queries !




Sheela Kedarinath has around 20 years of varied experience in the corporate world. She has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility sector and has also been managing administration for an MNC for a long period of time. In her personal life, she is creative and passionate about the various aspects of interior decoration. Sheela’s home and garden are her pride and joy. She has added value to a lot of her friend’s homes and balcony gardens in the last 20 years.

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