It has been about 8 years since I went to India, and a place like that stays with you. It was a wonderful culture shock and a whirlwind of a trip involving driving a tut tut, gazing at the Taj Mahal, almost being kidnapped, meeting amazing people, crazy trains, cows, palm trees, azure waters, coconuts and bananas and of course colour, pattern and sound! Today I fancied diving back into those exciting hues and explore some interiors inspired by India. Take a peek..
Amazingly detailed room in a ice-cream blue. I love how Indian architecture is so decorative, saturated in embellishment and exotic hues.
The beauty of a hot climate is bringing the inside out, with faded pink, intricate lanterns and handmade textiles this garden is a paradise.
With so much to take in it can be nice zooming in, the powder blues here magnify the skill involved in this botanical carving.
This is very similar to a sari I have, a great way to bring some interest to window treatment.
Amazingly green! So fresh and vibrant.
You can never have too many Indian textiles! Pile them up for visual happiness.
A grand Indian home edged in candy striped pink and golden yellow. Love the canopied chairs.
There’s an old world beauty to this deep jade bathroom. Dark furniture sits alongside a myriad of pattern.
A richly coloured room that blends brick red, turquoise, orange and gold. That bed is pretty amazing!
A brilliantly blue sun room that is as elegant as it is bold.
This is an easy way to add some ornate interest into your home, inlaid furniture. Though upcylcing an aged chest of draws with some bright paint, a steady hand and white stencilling might do the trick (see below).
This immensely pink interior I remember spotting in a Vogue years ago, owned by Fashion designer Liza Bruce and her artist husband.
There is an antique shop where I live that has random richly carved Indian doors, I love running my fingers over them!
Tangerine dreams – intricately detailed orange corridor in an Indian palace.
I love this pineapple lamp stand, a little bit of the Indian tropics!
Just look at the amazing detail of this room – its like a festival of colour and illustration.
If that is a little bit much for your happy home, how about adding some regal Indian opulence with a crushed velvet cushion.
And finally the amazing architecture that is the pink palace in Jaipur. Sadly I never got to see this in the flesh, but my trip to India will serve as rich pickings for inspiration for many years to come. So hope I make it back!