Traditional decor ideas for modern Indian homes

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Homes decorated in traditional Indian style are filled with vibrant colour and ethnic patterns with an exotic blend of fabrics and accessories. A swing seat in the veranda or terrace to enjoy evenings with a cuppa is often a given in a typical Indian home. Another mainstay of Indian houses is ornate dark wood furniture upholstered in colourful hand-woven furnishings with ethnic prints.

Every part of the country has a unique culture of design and craftsmanship. Therefore, it’s entirely up to you to add personal flair to the decor, so that it reflects your personality and style while keeping pace with the latest trends. In this ideabook, we present some beautiful design options to add an Indian touch to different parts of the home.

1. Nature inside the living room

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Yuvarti Craft

Terracotta murals on wall

Yuvarti Craft

This unique terracotta wall sculpture is a breathtaking composition of rustic colours and earthy Indian patterns. Bright colours are the hallmark of ethnic Indian design, and it is easy to get confused by the vast palette. The earthy tones in this modern living room along with the cheerful hue of plants serve as a neutral base for the rest of the decor.

2. Hand-painted lamp shades

India has a wide variety of handicrafts that one can use for decorating homes. While the most popular items are decorative boxes, colourful pottery, brass collectables and wall hangings, hand-painted lamps made of leather, papier mache, terracotta and brass are another excellent way to add the traditional feel.

3. Traditional-style wood cabinets

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Jamali interiors

home and Lawn design residential

Jamali interiors

Here, cabinets designed out of dark wood with focus lights showcasing the beautiful display of artefacts within make for a stylish combination of ethnic décor and the modern aesthetic. Lightly varnished and embellished with hand-etched designs, these cabinets can serve as artistic storage units for crockery too. In this home, they have been combined with stylishly designed open shelves to elevate the look of the wall.

4. Ethnic-patterned cushions

The elegant designs of Indian handloom are famous across the world for their charming mix of intricate patterns and rustic colours. Here, beautiful Warli Art on black cushion covers creates a truly stunning accent for the furniture. The large soft cushions are comfortable and inspire guests to relax.

5. Brightly-hued living room

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Wall Art Private Limited

Krsna mehta designer wallcoverings

Wall Art Private Limited

What better way to decorate an Indian house than with traditional national symbols like peacocks and lotuses? With their colourful feathers and graceful stance, the peacocks on this scenic wallpaper create a vibrant ambience, making the eclectic living room a more cheerful place.

6. Curios and musical instruments as artefacts

Indian homes often host informal gatherings for family members with comfortable seating arrangements that facilitate relaxed interaction. In this home, multiple seating options have been created with high chairs, footstools and benches, while an old veena and Tanjore painting serve as decor pieces. The décor makes the room versatile, whether it’s used as a music room or a family room to practice artful hobbies like tapestry, painting or embroidery.

7. Indian fabrics

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Pimpalgaonkar House


This elegant bedroom is the perfect image of the rustic style with a wooden bed embellished with brightly hued bedspread and jewel-toned cushions. Hand-woven fabric pillows and curtains give an earthy feel to the area while the built-in wardrobe and open shelves fashioned out of wood make the room feel warm and inviting.

8. Furniture and art pieces

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Wood furniture with metal embellishments and carvings are the mainstay of Indian interior design. For an authentic finish, utilise quirky and unusual Indian handicrafts and traditional pieces with curved legs and hand-carved designs in marble and wood.

Use a cleverly designed lighting system to highlight the ornate decor pieces and colourful furnishings to complement them. Choose from a wide range of Indian art pieces such as mirror frames, side tables, wall paintings, footstools, and handwoven baskets to enhance the décor, like in this traditional guest room.

9. Private Terrace

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Air bnb C-scheme Jaipur

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A beautiful Indian home is incomplete without a terrace and a swing. Here, the covered area keeps the furniture safe from rain and sunlight while the green creepers over it help to keep the area cool during hot summer evenings.  

Here are some more ideas to add traditional elements to Indian homes.

Which of these ideas would you choose for your home? Leave us a comment.

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