India Inspired Decor

When we say Indian Interiors, the first thought in everyones mind is large palatial homes with a lot of carved woodwork and mirrors. While that was true till a few years ago, with the coming of nuclear families and smaller homes things have changed. Here are some innovative ideas of how we can incorporate Indian Home decor into our homes.

Colours: India is a land known for a lot of vivacious and bright colours. A great way to incorporate colours into homes is by adding colours like hot pink, turquoise blue and yellow or even jewelled tones like ruby, sapphire and emerald through upholstery like cushions, rugs and throws. An innovative way to add colour is via lots of colourful bottles and maybe even a coloured glass chandelier.

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Prints and Patterns: India has a large variety of prints to choose from; ikat, paisley and bandhini are just some assorted styles. Instead of just going for printed upholstery, we have the options of Indian print tiles, wallpaper and even crockery. Just incorporate a few of these into your homes for that Indian touch.

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Metals: India is known for its vast use of metals like silver, gold, copper and brass. You can get in some metal artefacts, light fittings and even jars and cutlery


Woodwork: While heavy, carved furniture and was a norm till the 90’s, the increase in wood prices and small home spaces has made it impractical to have heavy furniture. Now a great way to incorporate wood work is though lattice print screens in the backdrop instead of a wall paper or even as a partition. If possible it could also make an interesting ceiling

Art and Sculptures: With its vast history and mythology, Indian art works and sculptures make for an artists dream. You can add a variety of Indian God statues, or even go in for traditional Indian artwork replicas like Tanjore paintings, Madhubani Painting or even miniature paintings. Or try to get statement light fittings inspired by India

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Flowers: A great addition to Indian homes is typical Indian flowers like Marigold, Indian Roses and Jasmines to your living room. They look fresh and all have a lovely smell

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Do let me know how these tips work out for transforming your room to and Indian Inspired room.


Dream Home: Sacha Walckhoff’s Paris apartment

Welcome to the world of Sacha Walckhoff, Creative Director of the House of Christian Lacroix. In the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw away from the Opéra Garnier, this spacious apartment reflects the aestheticism and character of the man who designs Lacroix’s collections.


A perfect example of the “Mix and Match” style that personifies the label, Sacha Walckhoff’s apartment is one of a kind, a true cabinet of curiosities of the 21st century!


From antiques picked up during his numerous trips around the world, to contemporary works of art, the apartment offers a combination of eclecticism and originality.
Sacha Walckhoff is a man with a discerning eye.


A collector of ceramics, an enthusiast of contemporary design and an admirer of 1950s furniture; he has acquired a variety of treasured pieces by Picasso, Cocteau, Charlotte Perriand, Hella Jongerius, Garouste and Bonnetti and Marcel Wanders, to name but a few.



A masculine interior brought to life by bright colors, strong pieces and fine materials.
Each object and image tells a story, each fabric evokes an emotion.“My apartment is not a showroom for reeling off brands or names; it is an accurate reflection of my inner self” Sacha Walckhoff.


Dream Home:South of France villa by Kelly Hoppen

This spectacular villa designed by Kelly Hoppen and situated in the picturesque South of France near Antibes was a challenge for the celebrated British interior designer.

The London based client, who had a much more traditional taste than Kelly, wanted a very classic home, something with lots of colour and something very beautiful, but not too feminine in its overall look. As with all of her projects, Kelly started with a neutral base and then built on this with accents of colour in each room using stunning fabrics, art and star pieces of furniture, such as the pink Moisonnier table in the entrance hall.


With the eye catching pink Moissonnier table at the centre as well as the pink velvet borders on the curtains, the entrance hall is a truly unique space and quite different to anything Kelly has designed before. The clients’ favourite colour is pink so Kelly has undoubtedly remained loyal to the brief.A Birgit Israel chandelier hangs elegantly over the table and the floor to ceiling windows naturally light the room beautifully. Chandelier Birgit Israel-Pink Table Moisonnier-Curtains Bennison fabrics-Sconces Porta Romana.

With plenty of natural light flooding in through the large double windows, the study is a beautiful, understated room in which one can relax. The touch of orange on the India Mahdavi stools can also be seen on the beautiful vintage cushion coverings.Sofas / Cushions / Fabrics Vintage linens and tickings Armchair George Smith– Stools India Mahdavi-Coffee Table jnl– Floor Lamps Porta Romana– Curtains Ian Mankin.


Kelly has elegantly designed the living room with an Andrew Martin sofa and striking black chairs from Collection Pierre. The collection of black ipe cavalli coffee tables at the centre of the room are complimented by the dramatic black and white accessories and the beautiful black and white Birgit Israel lamps. Kelly decided here to stick with her neutral colour palette as she felt the formal living spaces should be more neutral areas where the whole family and all of their individual tastes come together in a harmonious way.Sofa Andrew Martin-Black Chairs Collection Pierre-Coffee Table Ipe Cavalli furniture-Black&White Table Lamps Birgit Israel-Carpet Borderline carpets-Sconce Todhunter Earle-Art Michael Hoppen-Green Vase Kelly Hoppen.

The La Fibule armchairs undoubtedly contribute to a relaxed dining experience whilst the beautiful sconce from DK Home and the candlesticks from the Kelly Hoppen store create a glamorous atmosphere.Table Guadarte-Chairs La Fibule-Sconce DK HOME-Candlestick Kelly Hoppen store-Glassware Owners own collection of vintage items.

The black B/K honed slate used on the work surfaces and island provide a functional space to cook as well as making the kitchen boldly attractive.Work Surfaces B/K Slate, Honed.


The elegantly designed master bedroom includes everything the client wished for. The beautiful green on the Meridiani bed is set off by the natural light flooding through the windows and can also be seen on the Kelly Hoppen cushions which sit on top off the Guadarte chairs.Lamps Porta romana-Bed Meridiani-Side table Guadarte-Art Michael Hoppen-Carpet Borderline carpets-Cabinet Valerie Wade-Chairs-Guadarte, cushions-Kelly Hoppen-Lighting Bella Figura-Art Michael Hoppen Gallery.

The dramatic colour Guest room 1 has been cleverly coordinated by Kelly through the unique artwork which hangs on the wall and the stunning bed linen covering the luxurious EDC London bed.Bed EDC London.


The light décor in Guest room 2 and the comfortable throw covering the Meridiani bed adds to the relaxed feel of the room whilst the beautiful vintage furniture contributes to the elegant design of the room.Bed Meridiani-Furniture Vintage-Bennison Fabrics.The sumptuous Jimmie Martin bed is the focal point of guest room 3 and the ornate detailing on the headboard seems to merge with the beautiful stencil of a flower on the wall above it.Bed Jimmie MartinManuel Canovas and Ian Mankin fabrics.


The orange running through guest room 4 can be seen in the stunning artwork from the Michael Hoppen gallery, the eye catching Porta Romana lamps and the delicate vintage glassware on the bedside table.Lamps Porta Romana-Art Michael Hoppen-Glassware Vintage-Bathroom-Curtains Chelsea Textile-Bathroom was existing.


The stunning outdoors area has been designed to be a space where families and friends can enjoy food and conversation around the beautiful Heveningham dining table, whilst relishing the spectacular views from the terrace. The light linen fabrics used for the cushions contribute to the relaxed feel while the ornate Guadarte chandeliers add a touch of glamour.Table Heveningham-Chairs Heveningham-Chandeliers Guadarte-Cushions/Fabric Ian Mankin and Kelly Hoppen linens-Coffee Tables Heveningham.