Looking for desi inspirations

Looking for desi inspirations

India is a potpourri of tradition, culture, colour and vibrancy, which inspires various aspects of our life. And home decor is not too far behind. Today, many homeowners are rediscovering Indian designs, including traditional Indian motifs.

“Be it the royal block prints of Rajasthan, the embroidered folk garba dancers of Kutch, the intriguing jute art of Assam, or the handmade patchwork from the hinterlands of Himachal or the larger-than-life historic monuments of our country, every state steps into homes across the world and brings along a look that is unique and unparalleled,” says
Sonam Gupta, design head, Tangerine.

The influences of all these states can be effortlessly incorporated into your home  by adding tasteful accessories and elements, by amalgamating traditional designs with a modern outlook. And, contrary to popular perceptions, it need not always be something over-the-top.

The home decor market in India is witnessing a revival of incorporating the country’s rich handicrafts culture in various designs. So, here are a few simple ways to help you have a home that is truly India-inspired.

Traditional twist

With good conceptual understanding of traditional motifs, it can be well accommodated against constraints such as modern building architecture. “The latest trend is to convert modern infrastructure into a traditional but lively and bright experience, which will live for generations. A style shines best when it is designed and crafted to suit a soul and generation. A balanced blend of old and new with thoughtful theme creates a delightful
experience,” says Mangesh Dongre, principal designer, Neo Designs.

Using traditional Indian motifs in home decor is not really a new idea. We have
 seen the use of paisley, Mughal jaali, Warli art, birds and flowers being incorporated in our Indian homes. The easiest way to incorporate them is through accessories such as fabrics, cushions, paintings and carpets.

“Indian fabrics, be it in upholstery or cushions, are popular worldwide. Motifs like paisley, ikat, big florals and woven tribal prints are in. Again Indian rugs, durries and carpets have always been popular.

Another interesting way to add motifs is by bringing in an India-inspired wallpaper on an accent wall and you can even use fabric or an old sari as wall hanging,” says Preeta Dutta, owner and founder, Mirador.

Another trend that has caught the fancy of many is the fusion of motifs of Indian art like Gondh and Madhubani on the wall with European or Moroccan style furniture.“If you have a simple dining table with a glass top, opt for table mats that come in a variety of materials ranging from cotton to leather and bamboo. Also, try to bring out bright runners with decorative threads to cover up the consoles in the dining area,” suggests Varalaxmi, content expert, Bonito Designs.

Or if you want something unique, you can have an eclectic array that suits your personal style. “For example, you may place a beautiful antique carved wood seat as an informal array, while in the formal seating, you can opt for a more straight line look, keeping the polish colour the same. The overall trend is to create innovative, contemporised expressions while using traditional and folk inspirations and products,” says Shibani Jain, founder & CEO, Baaya Design.

Adding grandeur

Another place where you can consider using these Indian motifs is the drapery. “Bright hues in pink, red, shades of blue, bottle green and all rainbow shades have an eye-catching magnetic effect. For draperies, one can also use tieback with these motifs which are subtle ways to incorporate India motifs in your interiors. The use of trimmings with work is also a trend as it can be used practically on anything and creates its own unique style and finish. Creeping vines, paisley designs on bedding and curtains add grandeur,” says Vaibhav Jain, CEO, Deco Window.

You could even consider adding some drapes such as sheer curtains in light and breezy fabrics with an added touch of block prints, particulary those in Mughal patterns, paisley or those rhythmic sanganeri designs. “When picked in white, cream, beige and the like, these drapes with subtle and soothing block prints is a sure shot way to enliven your personal space,” avers Sonam. 

However, while doing so, ensure that there is a balance between the visual and textual aesthetic. This is particularly important when using traditional themes. “This is chiefly because the right harmony is not only associated with colours, but also with different textures and elements that surround you,” elaborates Varalaxmi. To create a balance, you can try mixing various elements and textures together. For instance, you can mix wooden floors and bamboo blinds along with other textures to create something that is truly calming.

However, if you want to offset the heavy traditional motifs, you can
consider pairing them with contemporary designs. “The allure of Indian patterns, combined with latest designs can give any home a sophisticated and classy look. India’s charm lies in its vibrant colours and warmth, which modern designers are attempting to bring out to give each home a unique and quirky look,” says Mehaa Seth Marwah, co-founder, Modspace.in.

Keep in check

“Apart from designs, using bright colours, which India is associated with, is another trend that is becoming popular for home interiors,” adds Shubhra Chadda, co-founder and head — operations, Chumbak. While it may sound great in theory, keep in mind that it can be tricky to combine traditional Indian motifs with a contemporary design.

“This is because Indian motifs can be vibrant in nature. You can use a
traditional design strategy and combine a plain background on the walls and floor with paisley or other Indian patterned designs into your furniture upholstery,” says Krsna Mehta, design director, India Circus. For instance, you can consider using
carpets or rugs in your living space to add to a room’s aesthetics. If you want to make a room look larger, use a round rug, recommends Krsnaa.

Playing with classical Indian designs is the best way to stick with the current trend without changing much of your home. Decor just got an Indian makeover!

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