Guest post : Color Love by Aalayam Inspiration

This Friday we have double bonus..Deepa and Supriya of Alayam Inspiration are our guest posting today at Cherish Dream Live and they will be talking about "Color" and sharing few corners of their home.

Over to Deepa and Supriya of Aalayam....

Hello! It is a great pleasure to write for the reader's of Nayana's blog. Supriya and I (Deepa) decided to do a post on a topic that's really close to our heart and that's how we zeroed in on "COLOR"

When I think of color, the first thing that comes to mind is the rainbow and  with that comes a flood of mood-lifting emotions. Such is the power of color for me . It was not always like this though. In our previous home I stuck to rustic earth tones and shied away from venturing too far down the color wheel - a few accents in a fiery red complimenting the muted earth tones was all I managed. However, this time, I knew from the word go that I wanted to bring in lots of color into our home. Previously, our home decor centered largely on ethnic indian decor elements in a perfect analogous backdrop of earth tones . But this time, my husband came up with this idea of wanting to include elements of Bollywood  in our home. After all, there is no escaping Bollywood as an Indian, he said!  And that's where our color journey began. I have already shared a few of our painted rooms  on Aalayam and there will be more to come as we add the finishing touches.  If you are a novice decorator, working with color can seem intimidating. I would stand at the paint aisles forever not knowing which one to pick. But over time, I have learnt that it need not be daunting. Just stay true to yourself and let your passion and your inherent style guide you.  Now if you are the kind that wants to follow the 60-30-10 rule or work with complementary colors on a color wheel - that's fine too! There's plenty of resources on the www that can help you with that. But if you'd rather just follow your heart - do it! It will all come together beautifully - I promise you!

A bench gets dressed in a yellow throw and some colorful toss pillows. WIth the afternoon sun streaming in, I am all set to kick off my shoes and read a book while I soak in the sun. The colors fill my home with a vibrant energy edging me to live my best life and that is what home decor is all about for me!
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Why not make the best of the gorgeous weather outside - spread a blanket, throw some pillows and add a few books or an ipad and you can instantaneously transport yourself to a colorful paradise. The chirping of the colorful finches and cardigans is an added bonus!

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The easiest way to add color is through art work. Here is a Madhubani painting of Krishna serenading Radha under the kadamba tree that I painted a few weeks ago. For now, the painting sits on my art table in anticipation of being framed. It will soon find a place of its own in our colorful home!

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Now, over to Supriya as she tells us about her love for color....

Color is synonymous with inspiration to me. I derive my joie de vivre everyday looking at a palette of vibrant colors in my living space - whether on the walls, on the bookshelf or on kitschy cushions thrown around all my rooms! When I moved to the USA, I was very keen on bringing back a piece of Indian flavor - fabrics and decor pieces, with me to infuse color into my first apartment! These pieces have traveled with  me through two apartments, a masters degree and two babies, into our current home. The cushion covers (the colorful patch work ones you see in the picture) are dog eared and worse for wear! But I love them! Because those are the first things ever that I bought for MY own living space!

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I have always been attracted to traditional kitchens, replete with antique, generational serve ware and appliances. In today's modern kitchen however, like in our  home, there is little scope for bringing that antiquity in! Yet, I have tried to infuse ethnic color via the russet tones of the bronze kadais and water jug, conveniently providing both design and function on the ladder shelf in my kitchen.


Finally, a story to finish off my color splash! The adorable azure elephant wall hanger/wind chime is hand made by a street vendor back home, trying to put his kid through school. I bought many wind chimes from this vendor for the gorgeous workmanship, the beautiful colors and his heartwarming entrepreneurial
spirit! This gorgeous chime hangs proudly in a sunny corner in my home, reminding me of my real roots...far far away!
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Thank you Nayana for having us over and hope we were able to inspire you to embark on your own color journey? Stop by Aalayam for more inspirations!

Deepa and Supriya

Thank you Deepa and Supriya for such wonderful color inspirations on my blog....Dear reader this is the wonderful snippet of one of my favorite blog Aalayam  Inspiration has to offer so hop on over to Aalayam for more gorgeous inspirations.

would you like to do a home tour or show few corners of your  home on Cherish Dream live, or if you are a blogger, artist and would like to feature your work at CDL  write me at nayana.cdl[at]


  1. Lovely post!Thanks Nayana,Deepa and Supriya!The clicks are beautiful and so full of 'colour"!

  2. Thank you Vandana! And Nayana for giving us this opportunity to showcase our living creative spaces!

  3. Awesome Nayana, deepa & Supriya!! loved all the snaps & the story behind them. Very warm & full of life!

  4. Lovely post and I do agree with everything you say about colours. Do you have a page on FB too, Deepa ?
    Thanks for sharing this Nayana !


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