Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Traditional Indian Décor





A country once known for its immense wealth and royalty, India still remains to be one of the most diverse cultures with a rich heritage and history. Indian style interior design is among the most exotic, interesting and complex decor styles to work with. If you wish to decorate your home in the traditional Indian theme, you need to keep a few things in mind –
·       Colour - Rich, dark, vibrant colours and deep burnt shades against lighter backgrounds define the colour pallet of Indian interior design. While it’s hugely tempting to go crazy with such a vast palette, too much colour can create visual chaos. You can also opt for a safe, bicolour theme – using a neutral shade as a base colour and bursts of a peppy primary colour for accents.
·       Pattern - Patterns are the second most characteristic element of Indian interior design. Patterns could be drawn on throw pillows, bed spreads, wall hangings, and even walls. Paisley is the most popular pattern. Intricate mandala motifs and nature-inspired themes with flowers, birds and animals are popular in Indian decor. Silk and cotton are the popular textiles of choice in Indian home décor.
·       Furniture - Wood is the most widely used furniture material when it comes to Indian interior design and exotic wood like rosewood, teak and ebony are the most preferred types. In fact, Indian artists are noted for beautifully turning the imperfections of wood to give out a rustic appearance. For an authentic look, choose traditional pieces with curved armrests and legs, carvings and inlay work in metal or ivory. Get one or two ornate centrepieces and complement them with other more understated furniture. Alcoves shaped like Rajasthani jharokhas can serve well as both handy open storage units and aesthetic centrepieces.



·       Informal “people” spaces - Indian home design centers around versatile, informal spaces that allow relaxed interaction. Create different levels of seating using high chairs, sofas, diwans and footstools. Rugs and floor cushions lend warmth and comfort to decor and can be used liberally. Traditional Indian pieces such as the swing, or jhoola, can bring a playful vibe to your space.
·       Flooring - Indian climate is relatively sunny and flooring plays a major role in keeping the home cooler. Granite, marble and tiles are a popular choice. In a rustic themed home, unpolished tiles or those with a rough texture work well in enhancing the interiors. While cement is an affordable choice, local stones are popular too, especially for eco-friendly homes.
·       Knick Knacks - Since India has a large and exciting variety of handicrafts, there are a ton of decorative artefacts to choose from to decorate your home. Popular choices include masks, clay pottery, diyas, leather puppets, crockery, decorative boxes in sandalwood, metal or marble.  idols, statues, embroidered rugs and wall hangings that feature gods, kings and other prominent figures of Indian mythology. Mirrors, oil lamps and other ornaments made of bronze, brass, copper and gilded gold also make up for good Indian home décor items.
·       Paintings - From the gold-leafed paintings of Tanjore and the painstaking detail of the Rajasthani miniature paintings to the ever popular Madhubani paintings, India has a wonderful variety of artistic styles. Large paintings can serve as centrepieces. If you have a number of smaller pieces, you can create a gallery wall.
·       Lighting - Bring that Indian touch with traditional table lamps or lanterns, light fixtures and chandeliers.
So go ahead and give your home a traditional look, it never goes out of style!!

Sukhmani
Interior and Landscape Designer

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