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Home Interior design has been around for many a centuries but has only recently been actively adopted in India. With India developing into an economic powerhouse in the last decade or so, the purchasing power of common Indian has increased exponentials with average age of first-time home buyers reducing from 40 years to early 30s. In this digital era, easy access to information and newer technologies has made it extremely easy for the young buyers to research and take decisions. Today with high aspiration levels of our young home buyers, home interiors have become a mandatory component of the overall home purchase experience, irrespective of the home sizes and budget availability.
Over the period, home interiors have evolved to many styles, (there are more than 20 on my last count) depending on geographical location and availability of local materials and resources.
But there are only a handful of home interior styles that are primarily adopted to India and we have tried to high-light the key differentials amongst these style, with the intent that it helps you choose the right style and make your home as unique as your personality.
Traditional Indian Home Interiors
Symmetry with clear lines and Function over form is key in Traditional home design.
Extensive usage of Vibrant Earthy tones such as brown/beige (earth) and Solid Wood furniture with traditional carvings.
Large paintings such as Gold Leaf Tanjore or the ever popular Madhbani forms a central piece of wall artwork.
Delicately placed idols of Indian Deities form integral part of the entire design.
Abundant usage of colourful fabric for upholstery, carpet area rugs etc., accentuate the vibrant earthy tones and wooden furniture.
Local Handicrafts such as Clay pottery, diyas, and decorative antique wooden boxes are mostly used accessories.
Traditional swing (Jhula) sometimes is added as central focal point to the home design.
Modern Home Interiors
Originally created as an antithesis to a traditional home interior with form following function.
Clear simple lines with open floor plans and minimalistic décor is a common trait of Modern home interiors.
Earthy / Neutral colours (beige/grey) with pops of blue and green, and plenty of wood and rusty metals such as Brass, cast iron etc., form the essence of Modern Design.
Oversized floor tiles, wooden floors with minimal grains, Book cases inset into the wall (for openness) and lack of Moldings and Trimmings in Doors and Windows is common in Modern Design.
Newer metals such as chrome and stainless steel is sometime used as part of furniture, but in small proportions.
Abstract wall arts or an accent wall forms central to wall décor.
Contemporary Home Interiors
Often confused with Modern design due to its clear lines and minimalistic accessories.
Contemporary design often has clean sleek lines, marked by solid muted neutral colors, with bold punches of colors in furniture and accessories.
Extensive use of contemporary materials such as Glass and Stainless Steel in furniture.
Walls painted in Neutrals, with bold Black and White accessories is common in contemporary style.
Flooring in usually bare, with plain and smooth tiles or vinyl, accentuated with texture or geometric pattern area rugs.
Contemporary furniture is sleek, lower to ground and often has metal frames or straight legs with emphasis on basic shapes and forms.
Eclectic Home Interiors
A homogenous mixture of multiple home decorating styles that brings a sense of balance across the home.
A good eclectic interior design is a cohesive blend of – 1) old and new styling eras, 2) different yet consistent colour palettes, textures and patterns, and 3) combination of materials such as wood and stainless steel.
A neutral colour or a bold accent colour which is repeated across typically unifies Eclectic designs.
Eclectic designs doesn’t necessarily follow a set form or lines, giving the flexibility to experiment with furniture and other accessories placement.
A mix-and-match of furniture from different periods with a consistent colour scheme is another example of a good Eclectic Design.
There is great level of detail that gets into creating the right home interiors and make your home as unique as you. No matter the size of the job, we highly recommend you should hire a professional interior designer who can understand and visual the end picture. Have your designer understand your needs, design them as per site conditions and involve them throughout the process, to have a positive home interior experience.
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