I have never been to India or Pakistan, and likely never will. I admit I don’t know very much about the culture nor do I practice their religion, however these countries represent a part of my heritage. My ignorance also brings mystery and I find myself intrigued by all that they have to offer. So as I contemplate this (half) part of me I wonder if I am, or could be, influenced by this land and it’s people in relationship to interior design.
India is known for it’s colour. The saturation and hues are bold. It is a land where colour does not apologize for it’s strength and women walk proud wearing saris in the most intense combinations.
I love the colour combination and pattern of this tent-like structure used as a canopy where a wedding was taking place. Source: Kristen Savage Facebook Photos.
Women selling scarves and saris on the side of a dirt road. Notice the bright red shutters in the windows ~ an incredible contrast to the washed out grey building. Source: iGuide Travel India.
What I find most interesting is that these bold colours are set against a landscape that is brown, natural and almost desolate in comparison to the accents of colour in clothing, scarves and carpets, even the spices have an intense colour palette.
The same seems to hold true in the interiors that I gravitated towards as examples where an East Indian influence was present.
Source: House Beautiful
A neutral backdrop of white/off-white walls and natural wood set the stage for the colours and patterns that East Indian pillows, rugs, throws and wall hangings offer a space. Source: An Indian Summer Blog
I am drawn to the bedroom on the left. It offers a modern ethnicity that is so interesting and I love the contrast between the white walls and the bold colour of the bed linens and artwork. Sources: House Beautiful, Elle Decor.
The neutrality of this room is so peaceful, however still so rich in colour and texture. Source: Elle Decor.
I do love a room that has an ere of ethnicity to it. It adds character, warmth and perhaps even tells a little bit about the people who live there, their travels, their culture or where they came from.
I have not infused any East Indian flavour into the decor of my home, however after researching this post I am wondering why not.
So I’m curious, have you been inspired or influenced by your own heritage, or culture enough to bring it into your home? Is it important to you to maintain a connection to it? If so I would love to hear about it. If you blog, perhaps you wouldn’t mind sharing a post about where you’re from and interiors that may reflect that. Would love to get to know you better! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to learn a little more about me!