An explosion of colors, shapes, and even scents! This is how Indian decor presents itself to the world. And you can and should bring this eastern joy into your home too. For this, just check out the tips that we bring below. Namaste!
Indian Decor Characteristics
To understand Indian decor you first need to better understand the rich culture of this country.
With a millenary history, India is a country that breathes religiosity, spirituality, and faith. The country is also the land of Hinduism, yoga, meditation, yogic masters, in addition, of course, to world-famous gods such as Ganesha, Brahma, and Shiva. All this religious culture was largely absorbed inside the houses and, therefore, it is very natural that the houses have altars in honor of the Hindu gods and, consequently, also portray their colors.
Another strong feature of Indian culture, which also reverberates in the decor, is the local cuisine. Indian food, almost always vegetarian, is watered with many seasonings, herbs, and spices, such as curry, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, among others. The combination of these ingredients is extremely aromatic and when it’s not in the food, it’s in the incense or scented candles. The house breathes and exhales wonderful aromas!
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that all these influences make Indian decor difficult. On the contrary, the elements needed for this style of decor are simple and affordable, you just need to get into the mood. Check it out below:
Objects and elements of Indian decoration: what you can’t miss
The colors that make up the Indian decor are always warm and cheerful. They vary, but in general, it is always common to find color mixes, such as yellow, orange, red, pink, blue (especially turquoise), in addition to green. Earthy tones are also welcome in this decorative style, such as terracotta, caramel, mustard, and burnt pink. Metallic colors are another strong feature of Indian decoration, with emphasis on gold, bronze, and copper.
Light and fluid fabrics, such as voil, for example, are another indispensable item in Indian decor, especially in curtains and the canopy around the bed.
The Indian decoration is highly valued by comfort and good reception, so it is not uncommon to see pillows and futons scattered on the floor of the rooms or even on the bed, sofa and chairs.
Low wooden furniture
Low furniture, characteristic of oriental decorations as a whole, is also present in the Indian style. Also common in Indian decoration is the use of hand-carved wooden furniture.
Flowers and fruits
Flowers and fruit baskets are everywhere in Indian decor, whether to bring color, perfume, or an offering to the gods.
Statues and ornaments
The Indian climate is even more complete in the presence of statuettes linked to the country’s religious culture. That is why it is very common for such decorations to embrace statues of Buddha, Shiva, and Ganesha, in addition to other Hindu gods.
The Indian decor is also very cozy, warm, and intimate. Part of this is due to the use of candles in the environment. They can enter the decoration in candlesticks or floating on water in glass containers. If they are scented, even better.
And speaking of perfume, we can’t stop talking about incense. This is an item that represents a lot of Indian cultures and therefore cannot be left out. Incense can be displayed in the decoration above an incense holder until it is burned.
The altar is something very traditional in Indian homes and if you want to bring this style into your home, it is worth considering this element regardless of religious beliefs.
Indian Decorating Tips
- For a simple Indian decor, bet on a few elements, but make them stand out in the environment. It can be a well-crafted piece of furniture in wood, it can be a statue or a different pillow.
- In rooms, the tip is to bet on a more clean and neutral Indian decor. Leave the colors for the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
- Be careful not to go overboard, as, with so many choices of colors and objects, it’s easy to get out of line.
- Indian decor is the “mother” of many other styles, such as boho, hippie and with a great influence on rustic decor. That’s why it’s important to stay focused when decorating so you don’t get lost between the initial project and the final result.