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5 ideas to decorate your home in traditional South Indian style

Artisan:  Corridor & hallway by Kembhavi Architecture Foundation
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South India is known for and respected for its rich cultural heritage, traditions and the seamless effort to stay connected with their roots. Wood and natural element is respected in South Indian style which dominates their home décor too. The skill of carving on woods in South India is evident from its major temples and its unique architectural style which are famous all over the world for its intricate carvings. The tradition of wood carving has been kept alive by artisans and craftsman and valued by interior designers and decorators and even home owners who love to have their home speak about their heritage. For its distinctive style, appeal, warmth, utility and beauty, wooden furniture, artifacts, and even floor and ceiling are much sought after and form an important place in traditional South Indian décor. Have a look, get inspired and give your home a South Indian touch and be a part of this amazing tradition.

1. Keeping the home interior natural with wood in traditional South Indian style

Temple Bells - Arati and Sundaresh's Residence:  Bedroom by Sandarbh Design Studio
Sandarbh Design Studio

Temple Bells—Arati and Sundaresh's Residence

Sandarbh Design Studio

Solid wood dominates the interior and exterior architecture of South Indian homes. This style of architecture is so appealing that professional architects even from other parts of the world take inspiration from it when they want to explore the true essence of heritage and culture. Rosewood, Teakwood or Oak is widely used in home which when mixed with colourful furnishing, minimalist furniture and subtle light, the natural or lacquered finishing of wood looks stunning. Natural touch of jute is preferred as carpet but velvet too forms an integral part of this style of décor.  

2. Stroke of elegance and simplicity with traditional South Indian style

Temple Bells - Arati and Sundaresh's Residence:  Living room by Sandarbh Design Studio
Sandarbh Design Studio

Temple Bells—Arati and Sundaresh's Residence

Sandarbh Design Studio

The rich cultural heritage of South India is evident in its typical style of painting, brass décor, statues, and a deliberate effort to stay connected with nature with generous amount of natural elements used in home décor. However, the elegance is maximised with the simple philosophy of minimalist and simplicity it follows to decorate the home inside out.

3. Touch of royalty with natural fabric in traditional South Indian style

Residence No.1 at Panache, chennai:  Terrace by Synergy Architecture and Interiors
Synergy Architecture and Interiors

Residence No.1 at Panache, chennai

Synergy Architecture and Interiors

Even for furnishing, South Indian style boast of natural fabric and fibre and promotes indigenous style and handicrafts. The choice of natural fabric like silk, velvet or even natural leather in simple patterns and traditional and natural shades creates wonder in home décor.  

4. Proudly displaying its rich cultural heritage on wall in truly traditional South Indian style

South India is known famous for its dance forms too. Display the rich art form in beautiful paintings and hang it with pride on the wall of your home. The style of painting and its depiction of traditional dance form will make the décor of the home authentic South Indian style.   

Typical South Indian decoration

5. Natural tone of classiness gracing the traditional South Indian style décor

Nature and natural elements dominates the South Indian style architecture. The home is flooded with natural lights and when evening descends the traditional South Indian home lit up in natural white ceiling lights. Preferred colour to paint the walls is also of mild tone and bright shades are usually avoided especially in the interior of the home. Shades of tan, beige, cream, white, blue, grey, yellow, red and green are popular but all are preferred in subtle shades. Traditional chandeliers and scones are used to enhance the beauty of the home along with making a bold statement. Otherwise simple lamps are used in homes. The traditional South Indian style decoration follows the simple philosophy of ‘less is more’ and believes in minimalist. Even the sculptures, paintings, furniture, furnishings, statues, mirrors used to decorate the home follow the philosophy of simplicity. Traditional and natural elements are used in abundance to decorate the homes in true South Indian style of decoration.

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