One person’s trash is a crafty person’s treasure. Home decor has gained huge popularity in recent times. Proud house owners are constantly trying to reinvent their homes. What once used to be cool and chic becomes boring and dull. And that is when you want to change it or rejunavate it with some special touch and innovation. Upcycling or recycling old furniture has picked up momentum in a few decades.
Recycling is an innovative way to bring out the creative ideas. It provides you with a plethora of new ways to camouflage the old into something new and beautiful. Recycled crafts, wooden furniture and wall decorations made with salvaged wood add character to modern interiors and accentuate the exclusivity of room decor.
Classic old wood windows and doors can be transformed into unique designer stuff for modern interiors with simple but creative trendy ideas like reusing to transform them into fabulous centre tables. Salvaged wood windows and doors can easily spruce up a room with with its attractive texture which enriches modern interior design in a cost effective way.
Sharing some very vital information on this growing concept, Ms Revati Pani, a leading Interior designer and owner of, O’Casa design studio, told Coffee Bytes. Wood looks very chic and elegant, it allows you to play around and experiment. Most classic furniture like bulky old almirahs made of teak wood can be easily converted into a beautiful product. A good example of utility and decor combined.
First remove the doors; give a fresh coat of paint to suit your room and fix glass doors and the end result is a brand new cupboard. You can convert it into a show case or a place to store your precious crockery in your dining area or as an ideal shelf to display your books. And what do we do with the door? You can paint an old door and put some hooks. It can be used in the garden to hang the garden tools. The doors can be transformed to make benches, dressers or even hanging boards for multipurpose uses.
These days antique furniture have high demand but are very expensive so recycling the old existing furniture with some changes would be cheaper and great way to retain the old strong furniture. Old boxes can be used as a designer centre table as well as for storage. The older generation hesitate to get rid of the old furniture as a lot of emotions are attached with every piece but because of the space constraints the new genre cannot maintain it. Apartment culture is soaring and therefore preference for light and elegant furniture has increased. Earlier home decor was very basic and family centric but now it has changed to room centric and depends on the taste and preference of the individual who would be staying there. The furniture would be decided accordingly like old and antique furniture generally cannot be used in a child’s or a teenager’s room.
“We have used all the old windows to cover the shelves and used the front as a blackboard and notice board for the children”, says Shivangi Khanna having two children. Earlier the concept of interior decoration was limited to keeping the house spic and span. Doing the interiors was restricted to the royal families who had a taste for it but by and large the middle class didn’t really think about it. Today people are more lifestyle conscious. Since information is easily accessible through internet and television people and designers have the access to know the latest designs and developments happening in interior decoration around the world.
Therefore if you decide to revamp your new house, don’t throw away your old style wooden doors. The salvaged wood is just the thing for giving your home a new rustic look and will be without doubt long-lasting. Recycling furniture into your own innovation and space with some personal touch will enliven and energise your garden as well as your home. Think outside the box. Anything has a potential to be recycled and upcycled. Follow your instincts, get inspired, and add more beauty, comfort, creativity to your living space.
By Aditi Panda