Latika KhoslaThe monsoon is a multi-sensory cultural phenomenon. Even before the first drops of rain strike terra firma, the plant kingdom is pregnant with the promise of new life. But our homes don’t take to rain as well as we do, so it’s best to prepare our interiors for the,Latika KhoslaThe monsoon is a multi-sensory cultural phenomenon. Even before the first drops of rain strike terra firma, the plant kingdom is pregnant with the promise of new life. But our homes don’t take to rain as well as we do, so it’s best to prepare our interiors for the monsoon. Black and grey chiaroscuro colour schemes have been a favourite in edgy urban dwellings for some time now. Shades like ochre and lemon yellow are scaling popularity charts and are likely to carry forward to the next seasonCurrent interior decor trends point to a strong bias towards neutralhued spaces punctuated with stunning pieces. Yellow-green shades set against grey backgrounds have become an acceptable as well as safe combination for accessories. You can spice things up further by introducing textural contrast in accent pieces. It’s a great idea to place rough grey concrete against felt; gloss against glass; papier mache against the patina of metal or patchwork against pleating and come up with fantastic pairings.Other popular colours for soft furnishings are slushy mango and saffron”Water has unfailingly played the prima donna in an annual ballet cued by nature,” says poet Soni Somarajan. But as much as we welcome the rains, once we are in the midst of the full-blown deluge, we long for a hint of colour in our interiors.Just when the drab and listless landscape becomes a reality, interiors need to be transformed with a glowing colour palette. The season calls for vibrant interiors primarily because the outdoors are often held captive by sudden showers. Rich teal-blue tints in furniture and accessories will help you soak up the flavours of the monsoonAs a result, we are forced to stay indoors for long spells. To escape the dampness, snuggle into crisp fresh linen flaunting a mixture of verdant and light tones.Also, we are now entering a decade when the colour yellow will influence us for a long time. Shades like ochre, amber, sepia and russet are a great way to perk up your home when it’s pouring outside. Also, these shades are scaling the popularity charts and are likely to be carried forward to the next season.Accessories need to sport vibrant tonesMonsoon is also loved for its delightful fragrances and diffused light. The fantastic play of colours in nature adds to the season’s visual appeal. The ominous, grey clouds; glossy green leaves; a gentle hiss of indigo rain; deafening cobalt thunder and the drama of purple lightning flashes create a fresh colour palette for you to revel in.Taking a cue from this shade card, design a cocooned space at home. Rich teal blue and mauve accents in both textiles and furniture will help you soak up the flavours of the rain. advertisementSplashes of toxic yellow creates effervescent interiors when it pours outsideEnlivened by light-toned woods and flashes of fiery red and yellow upholstery, your interiors will keep the monsoon blues at bay. Also, these warm colours tend to make a space appear clutter-free and impart a stream-lined look. In addition, they contrast sharply with the grey tints dominating the skyline.Monsoon is truly a season of contemplation. Vibrant linen, furniture crafted from light-coloured wood and cheerful accessories act as the perfect foil to tide over rough weather.