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Bring home style of the 1960s

Sixties — an era of delightful chaos, a beautiful mess and a splendid adventure, has become just another story today. Sometimes, the value of a trending story goes unvalued until it becomes a memory, or is cherished later through a flashback.

Bring home style of the 1960s

Sixties — an era of delightful chaos, a beautiful mess and a splendid adventure, has become just another story today. Sometimes, the value of a trending story goes unvalued until it becomes a memory, or is cherished later through a flashback. However, vintage not only meant pre-loved, but nowadays is easily overlooked about how it was once ‘brand new’. Let’s figure out a few tricks to understand the science that goes behind the making of veneers.

Veneers are thin wood slices typically glued onto the medium-density core panels to produce flat paneled sheets for high-end doors, furniture tops and floors. It is more premium as it is made of real wood.

Apply the 6T rule

While choosing the best veneers, keep in mind the rule of 6Ts

  • Trees and their land of origin serve as the foundation of  best quality veneers as this influences grain patterns and the rings.
  • Identify the type & grade of veneer.
  • Thickness of the face veneers and back ply ensures durability of the product
  • Texture in terms of distressed, oxidization, sand blast, UV hand painted etc. serves as value additions, creating a lasting visual impression on the product
  • The tone of a veneer depends on the type of species and the way the wood logs are sawn. The original species lend a unique tone and character to the veneers, leading to an enriching and well-curated décor
  • A full treatment marks the completion of the process post a rigorous drying and chemical treatment which enables the veneer to withstand bad weather conditions and termites

Having understood the process of how veneers are made, take a look at a few trends to welcome monochromes, all-over patterns and raw textured finishes to your abode. While spacious interiors marked the end of the 1960s, the appetite for spacious yet sophisticated décor is back. With the colour palette making a switch to greys, bring home smoky hues with grey veneers. One can use textured raw-looking distressed veneers to indulge in a natural look, or customise the same.

— The writer is director, Greenlam Industries Ltd. 


Grey Matters 

A touch of royalty

Grey and charcoal has been an extremely accepted monochromatic colour scheme in the early 1960s, and was also a modish fusion in the late 1960s. ‘There’s always a grey between black and white’ with elegance, sophistication and royalty. While tints and hues in monochrome scheme brings variance, it also enlightens a complementing capability with dark wood and grey veneers. This adds depth to the décor that lends a spacious look and feel to the interiors. 

Being popular in the sixties, wood floorings are timeless. However, there is a twist in the tale as understated, flat-finished texture is rocking the floor. For the year ahead, grey and dark wood floorings, will be a spot on for the antique and sleek surface that doesn’t just look good but feels good too. Perhaps pairing these rustic matte floors with your fresh modern veneer interiors could be your next raw-modern look!


Natural Textures

Bring back the Past

Year 2018 will bring back the vintage trend of natural textures to the hip trends in décor. While the 1960s is known for a demand of natural textured wood, the sharp trend is back with a bang with people once again wanting natural looking wood in their homes. Talking about raw and retro being a new rage, it is sure to make your house sing to the vast vintage era and completing the tune with a definite modern marvel.


Do it your way

Harmonise first, customise later

Your home is a great blank canvas and like they say, ‘real luxury is in customisation’. How about expanding your real desire not just to be different but also irreplaceable? Be a witness to modern art, bring home the customised veneers as per individual preferences, and paint your canvas, your way!

The artistic work done on the veneers can spell a mystic charm and aura on the interiors of your house, making it a home.

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