India is rich and varied in its culture and traditions, and making your living space look beautiful with Indian elements is not as tough as it might sound. Traditional artifacts in your home add a warmth that reduces the starkness related to modern interiors. Eclecticism is a popular home decor choice where you can have diverse period styles in a solo space. Think of contemporary interiors like a stark canvas waiting for a few Indian pieces and you can end up with a unique blend. The key is to strike that perfect balance and not overdo it. Make sure that the majority of your interiors are unified in tune with the same theme and adding elements for a traditional touch are restricted to 15-20 percent. An Indian feel can be introduced using accessories. If you are still not too comfortable with the fusion theme in your entire home, start by allocating a corner, which could have a traditional carved table with a few accessories, an Indian lamp, and gradually build up from there.
Authentic Indian furniture is often intricately carved and made from exotic woods like teak, ebony, mahogany, rosewood and mango wood. The combination of any traditional wood furniture piece like an antique chest, a writing desk, a mirror frame, or a cabinet in a contemporary arrangement blends well when the wood color complements with the rest of the decor. The Rajasthani cabinet can double up as a bar placed in your dining room or as a side table next to the bedside, have a carved stool near your contemporary sofa set. A traditional Gujarati swing in your western living room looks good. Ornate brass stools and Kundan work chowkis in the worship area can easily add a touch of auspiciousness. Do keep the scale and proportions of the total space in mind, when choosing Indian furniture.
Chandeliers and Indian-prints and cutwork lampshades can be a great choice. You can bring in the old-world charm by placing terracotta T-lite holders, painted marble lanterns and mosaic lamps around your home. Floor lamps called freshies also look royal.
Antiques and idols
Idols of deities are typical Indian touch to any home. Traditional doors and window panels look quite rich and elegant. You could covert the door into a coffee table with glass top. Windows can be surrounded by a jharokha.
Wall art makes any wall come alive with a distinctive and traditional touch. Another instantaneous way by painting the walls with murals, miniature Indian paintings. Hand-painted walls could be depicting Ajanta Ellora or wall art. The list is endless.
Cushion covers and bedcovers in folkloric motifs the easiest way to add Indian décor.
They are great pieces of art that add warmth available in a variety of Indian embroidery, appliqué work, mirror work and block prints, paisleys, zari, phulkari and bandhani print, are a great way to give a fusion look keeping in mind textures and color schemes that you wish to have for your space.
Colorful curtains and rugs add that traditional charisma. One can have curtains in lovely silk, velvet, or georgette in vibrant colors that will instantly brighten up any place. Combining Indian prints with plain curtains enriches the entire decor.
Hand-painted vases and wall hangings, earthen pots, hookahs, carved pots, symbols silverware, etc., are some ideas to infuse Indian elements in your modern home. Torans look quite ethnic and bring a sense of positivity at the entrance. Peacock motif is widely used in Indian décor objects. You can even have one bold statement artifact in your living room, like a sculpture, or a showpiece. Classic canvases by Indian artists can transform the place into an artistic paradise. Including an old piece from your ancestral collection gives a vintage touch. A traditional carpet can be used as a wall piece and a brass vessel with a glass top can be used as a coffee table.