‘Take your cue from any global style – and avoid the dreaded ‘themed room’ – by juxtaposing authentic elements of pattern, colour and form with sleek, modern shapes and materials. Whether your budget stretches to designer pieces or thrift shopping rules – follow the pointers below for a look that is directional and full of personality, yet won’t date.’
Take inspiration from textiles when choosing your colours…
The Indian sub-continent is rich in colour and cultural heritage when it comes to picking a palette for your room scheme. Your starting point could be a favourite textile bought on your travels, or perhaps search online for the perfect colour combination by browsing printed silks, colour-blocked cottons, and woven dhurries.
- Vintage, Indian, saree-silk, gathered lampshade with antiqued iron base, £220, Telescope Style
- French-style ceramic perfume bottle, £12, Telescope Style
- Bambi metal desk/dressing table, £2,613, by Nendo, for Cappellini at Twentytwentyone
Add textural contrast and an authentic, rustic vibe…
There is always room for a suitably-aged item of Indian storage furniture, in any room scheme. Opt for a decorative whitewashed sideboard if neutrals are your thing or go bold with a colourful, painted cupboard. Etsy is a great source of vintage Indian furniture or search online for specialist dealers. The trick is to team with a super-modern mirror or sleek, modern lamp for that all-important style clash.
- Ruché bed by Inga Sempe, from £3280, Ligne Roset
- Sheldon wall light, £225, Elstead Lighting
- Gypsy cabinet, £691, Zenza Home
Now switch things up for a fresh, directional look with clean-lined modern designs…
Here’s where the look really comes into its own. Mix clean-lined, modern silhouettes with tactile, gathered silks; colourful transparent polycarbonate with craft-made, bone-inlay furniture; chic, neutral stripes with a riot of decorative pattern; and, finally, add architectural artwork depicting the vernacular style, but with a decidedly modern vibe…
- Brighton Pavillion architectural line drawing Giclée print, from £80, Telescope Style
- Bone-inlay chest of drawers, £1350, Iris Furnishing
- Only Me mirror, £198, Kartell at Heals
- Thalya polycarbonate chair, £192, Kartell at Heals
Above all, have fun assembling your scheme and choose furniture and accessories you truly love…
The colour palette assembled here is direct from Rajasthan in northern India. A pretty, feminine take on Indian-inspired style with soft, blues and greens punctuated by hot pinks and orange: colours reminiscent of flowing sarees and spice markets, colourful festivals and vibrant architecture. But this look translates into any colour scheme, neutral schemes too. My top takeaways from this Indian-inspired style feature? Balance colours carefully so bold accents pop against neutral-hued backdrops. Remember that textural layering is king. And finally, add contrast wherever you can in terms of style, form and material. Go forth and decorate!
- Heera, flatwoven cotton dhurrie, from £338 (bespoke sizes available), Mahout Lifestyle
- Thin Lines wallpaper in grey/off-white, £65 roll, Ferm Living at Made in Design
Author: Annabel Smith
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