‘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. 

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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.

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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…

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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!

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Author: Annabel Smith

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