Want to give your interiors a makeover and have been mulling over which new look to choose. Look no further because Indian decor is the best choice. As western influences overshadow our personalities be it in the reflection of our choice of dress, music, food and lifestyle and its overwhelming presence everywhere we turn from shopping malls to coffee shops and multinational work space to multiplex, doing up your home interiors with ethnic Indian decor is your only escape from that monotony. It instantly refreshes you as you step inside your home after a tiring day outside. The warm and earthy Indian hues wrap you in its oasis of tranquillity.
Here are some reasons to choose Indian decor for your interiors.
Owing to the rich and diverse Indian culture there is something for every tastes. Even if you do not go by any particular region or theme, you can easily merge different traditional decor items without them looking odd. Single pieces like pottery, woodcraft, musical instruments, wall hangings and rugs, draperies or tribal jewellery, mask and weaponry transcend seamlessly from one theme to another. Other options are appliqué work and patchwork of Gujarat and Orissa, bandhej of Rajasthan for upholstery or decorate your walls with Madhubani and Tanjore classical paintings. You also have a diverse choice in furniture from the bamboo furniture of the north-east to Indian rosewood or antique style furniture. Look around and your options are limitless.
Easily available at state emporiums in most towns and cities and also widely marketed at local village bazaars and haats on the outskirts of most cities, besides displayed regular at melas across the country, rural artists come right up to your threshold. Wherever you reside you do not have to scout too far for ethnic Indian decor. And if that isn’t enough, online there are an assortment of ethnic decor and handicrafts available to spoil you for choice.
We often come across rural artisans work their magic at local fairs and villages as they develop their intricate artwork for us to admire. So there is no doubt that the artefacts and handicrafts that you source for your home are authentic. What more, you could also customize your own designs and watch them come alive through their skilled hands.
Whenever you choose ethnic Indian decor you promote our indigenous artists and help sustain their trade. By doing so you not only help them earn a decent livelihood, with the regular demand and supply chain you ensure that many of our traditional handicrafts don’t fade away and our rich colourful culture does not lose its colour.
Remember the coconut leaf hand fans, the heavy brass vessels or traditional grinding stones your grandmother used. Or the jhula (swing) that adorned the courtyard of your ancestral bungalow and the Pirahas (wood frame stools woven with jute)! This is your chance to dig them out and work around them. Even if you don’t have any ethnic Indian pieces tucked away, every festive season you surely decorate your home using ethnic Indian pieces which can be reused as decor. Traditional cookery books, old pickle jars, traditional jewellery, bags, saris and souvenirs from travel around India too can be displayed to impart an Indian feel.
If you still have not made up your mind, think trendy. Ethnic Indian decor is a rage all over the world inspiring many interior designers to use these ideas for their international clients. By choosing ethnic Indian designs and decor, your home will be stylishly Indian without being out of sync with global trends.