Ethnic Indian Home Décor: A Historical Perspective
It is said that any trend is fleeting, but tradition ‘eternal’, no matter how the future epoch unfolds itself. If you are strongly driven by the culture, history and tradition of our country, then you will have no hesitation designing your home too with a dash of ethnicity and lend it a ‘desi’ touch.
Ethnic home decor, surprisingly, is a unique way to bring in all design ideas and the tangibles together in a traditional yet fresh style. Unfortunately, as we may see at large today, the fad, more often than not, is throwing the traditional old and heavy furniture into the shade, or replacing them with contemporary designs and accessories.
Let us get down to the basics of an ethnic style – textures, blending colours and all forms that reﬂect its natural state. A bit of traditional leaning will help you learn the art of cultivating beauty. Look no further, as we bring you a short and snappy note on the decor of a traditional Indian home from a historical perspective. Ready to put up a fine-looking home with characters and a blend of ethnic cultural interest?
Glam of colour:
Indian design is composed of two key elements — texture and rich colour. And, this is, generally, the case in any Indian palace, likely emblazoned with rich colours and intricate designs. That is why we get to see most modern designers going for peach and dark copper colours for traditional themes. Equally important is to look for a pattern that cuts across each style and that which suits varying weather conditions.
Traditional doors and windows, generally known as grand entry doors, are larger and capacious. They are marked by a lot of art and craft work that adds that ‘wow’ factor, like you see in old temples. All you need is to study the design and theme of doors and windows in such cultural places of interest, and chalk out your own creative design ideas for doors and windows of your home.
Traditional furniture lends a timeless classic style that is delicately subtle but with impactful design details. Often heavy and outsized compared to common furnishings, traditional furniture can be paired with popular fabric choices such as velvet and brocade. You can give it a more formal and out-of-this-world look with decorative trims.
Every traditional home has an internal court or open veranda flanked by traditional wooden pillars or single-stone pillars, mostly moulded by a gamut of designs and art-work, with unique geometry. Generally large in size, pillars have a wide bottom and square-shaped surface on the top connecting the building structure. It goes without saying that contemporary houses on traditional mode stick to age-old architectural designs.
Look around any building which lends a traditional appeal, and you can find that the use of most design and architectural themes is simply ‘old wine in a new bottle’, with the ideas mentioned above inter-woven into the garb of ethnic design.
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