Literary Décor – Your Roadmap to Living Fantasy

Literary Décor – Your Roadmap to Living Fantasy

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“And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?”

Remember the classics we read as children? Little did we know that they would transform themselves as an anchor to our imagination and creativity. There may have been instances when our parents, grandparents and teachers read out stories of say, The Little Red Riding Hood or Goldilocks and the Three Bear, the inquisitive ones would have asked “Does she really live in a cottage?” or “Is there a fire place? Growing up, we would have gone back to these fairytales and novels a zillion times for a source of inspiration, be it through books or films. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a 100-year-old novel that may have caught your attention, but it’s the timelessness and the universality that stands as a driving force even today.

If you are known as a bibliophile among your group of friends and family, then you would agree with us when we say that the classic literature, the creative comics and modern fictional stories has kept its readers affixed with a promise of a magical home – the one filled with fantasy, aesthetics, adventure and magic. These traditional tales and fantasy novels aren’t just entertaining us as books and movies, they have also been an inspiration for artwork, decor and themes that interior designers and architects have relied on for ages – right from The Hobbit motel at Woodlyn Park in New Zealand to The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, UK.

If given a handy decor guide, would you choose to live in your favourite stories forever? Putting the mundane process of gathering inspiration for personal home décor aside and taking inspiration by a new method of decorating, the notion behind ‘Literary Décor’ is bringing the fictional interiors from classic literatures to life.

For those who find themselves lost in the sophisticated worlds of novels like Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, Wuthering Heights, Harry Potter, Avengers and countless others, this editorial article embraces the fantasy of time and place, showing you how to bring some of those elements into your own home. Read through as we pen down our favourites!

  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

High on imagination and creativity, this classic by Lewis Carroll continues to inspire us 200 years after it was first published. Many writers, artists and creators all over the world have credited this classic piece as an inspiration, thanks to its imaginative world filled with fantastic story telling. Alice in Wonderland, American animated musical film, released in 1951, was a whacky family classic based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865) and included elements of his later sequel, Through the Looking-Glass (1871). It was produced by Walt Disney.

Who has ever denied the idea of being in wonderland? Enthralled by the fantasy world of rabbit holes, secret doors, talking animals, magic cake and tea parties, its time to go down the fantasy ride to wonderland once more. Bring in story essentials like the adorable vintage cupcake plates for those times when you are craving for a cupcake party. Add in old-fashioned mugs in colourful stripes and dots for holiday eggnogs. Garden accessories like ceramic mushrooms are signature Alice in Wonderland pieces one must own for sure. Arrange for floral tea pot sets for themed tea parties and have a live sized game of chess for all the outdoor get-togethers.

Go bonkers with the mad hatter’s famous rustic hat by placing it as a souvenir on the side of your wardrobe. Do not miss out on the Roman numbered wall clocks and multiple secret doors in fun shapes and sizes that lead to your safe haven.

The wonderland is now all yours like its Alice’s.

  • Harry Potter by J K Rowling

Harry Potter is a fictional character of a boy wizard created by British author J.K. Rowling. His coming-of-age adventures were the subject of seven enormously popular novels (1997–2007), which were adapted into eight films (2001–11); a play and a book of its script appeared in 2016. Encapsulating the charm of the wizarding world, this one is hard to miss out on when you think of literary décor isn’t it?

A Potterhead? If you are under the impression that you can’t decorate your home with Harry Potter souvenirs and references and also keep things stylish, that’s just not true. Dip your living room in the dark moodier colours with elements of nature like wood complementing it. Fond of collectibles? Do not miss out on the golden snitch and the Marauder’s Map! Make up the bed with a solid-colored comforter in your favorite house colours. Choose bedroom accessories that look antique and well worn. A brass, ornate lamp, old-fashioned alarm clock, dark, distressed bookcase, and electric candles should work well.

When done, say ‘Mischief Managed’!

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, novel by Jane Austen, was published anonymously in three volumes in 1811 and became a classic. The ironic, comic work offers a vivid depiction of 19th-century middle-class life as it follows romantic relationships and the idea of marriage with a periodic country setting.

Prioritize comfort? And have yourself running after rustic furniture? It might be a sign! Well, sign that you are missing the countryside. What if you could live in it to your heart’s fulfilment?

Bring in Jane Austen’s charm of an English country cottage with a few clever touches to your happy space. Taking inspiration from your favorite author doesn’t mean an exact replication of the fictional set up either. But, if you feel you have popped out of her novel, get your hands on a reading nook, the one that comes with solitude, rustic wood and cravings to escape into a great book. You can take pieces from the regency era, mix them with the quaintness and romance that Austen is known for, and put your own modern twist to the place.

Style your walls with dainty and bold floral wallpapers or paint in bright hues. Gallery walls were popular in the regency era, why not give the picturesque painting of the novel a nod? Go ornate and beautiful while choosing the furnishing and tick off the cottagecore décor details like the delicate ruffles, soft-fluffy beddings, dried flowers, long-line sheer curtains and rustic furniture.

Escaping into the woods yet?

  • A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke is a science-fiction classic that has changed the way we look at the stars—and ourselves. Brilliant, compulsive, and visionary, and the basis for the immensely influential Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man’s and technology’s place in the universe and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling. You know those tiny glow-in-the-dark stars you meticulously stuck onto your ceiling as a teenager?

Celestial decor is finding its way into more adult settings these days and bringing a dash of whimsy and otherworldliness with it. If your ‘I want to be’ list comprises of the terms – astronaut, scientist, space shuttle or NASA, we are certain you are scouting for a den that transports you straight amidst the constellations and galaxies. Add in a touch of space themed décor inspired from this fascinating science fiction with space elements from the 70’s like the childhood favourite glow in the dark canopy for all the space movie nights, a captivating space shuttle book shelf that holds your favourite space fiction series, an interstellar globe or a galaxy moon table runner to experience dining on the spacecraft, count stars and find constellations while you lay in bed with a customized constellation wallpaper, add a Nebula wall clock that gives a whole new meaning to the concept of space and time. If you are an artist, you might want to decorate your favourite space with some celestial art too!

Are you ready for takeoff?

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. The novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Designed to forever kindle a dream of travel to distant horizons, this book by Robert Louis Stevenson remains a keepsake for every travel connoisseur. Whether you feel you need an adventure or need to be amidst tranquility and quiet, the Treasure Island inspired décor is sure to give you the best of both worlds.

From being one with nature by creating an actual vacation spot with foliage and green and yellow furnishings and putting a fresh twist on the classic element by incorporating a painted shutter into the décor to adding floor-to-ceiling windows with shell curtains for the nature views and placing vintage treasure chests around your rooms favourite corners to store your collectibles, make sure you do not miss out on the tiniest details that scream ‘sea adventure’.

Aye Aye Captain, your ship’s about to sail!

Let this be an inspiring source for design lovers and bookworms alike.

Aishwarya Menon

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