Indian Interior Design
Guide To Planning And Styling Rich Indian Interiors

When planning Indian interior design, it is important to keep few things in mind. Doing so will ensure amazing results.

First look at the big picture. Do not start by going into details.

There are two aspects of interior designing any space -

  1. Planning
  2. Styling

Following the sequence, always start with...

Planning Your Interiors

Look at different parameters of the space that you have. Things like -

  • size of the room/s
  • location of doors and windows
  • other structural elements like walls, columns etc.
  • direction of windows

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Next thing to be done is plan the room in detail. Think about the activity it is to be used for. Plan the seating and other furniture accordingly.

Consider movement pattern in the room while planning. Consider how you move from outside to this room as well as within the room. Start arranging the furniture accordingly.

Making a layout of the furniture and other elements will help in the planning process.

Modern Indian interior design
Modern Design With Traditional Elements

Look at each part of the room as a potential setting for different activities like seating, displays etc.

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Now we come to...

Designing And Styling The Interiors

After you have done the planning and made the layouts, it is time to think about the style, the look and feel of the whole interior.

The interior is comprised of different elements. You have to think about each separately and as a part of the whole. Then think about its treatment accordingly.

Let us see how each design element is treated in Indian context.

Indian interior design is characterized by bold and vibrant colors, exotic designs, images and patterns, lavish art and accessories.

Let us start with...

Colors And Patterns

Warm and bright colors are often used in contemporary Indian interior design. The deep tones of orange, marigold, yellow, purple, green and red are the order of the day.

Use of colors in Indian interior design
Colors In Indian Interiors

You can use many colors or choose one or two and add accents such as gold, bronze or wood to tone down the brightness.

See home color schemes for more information on the use of colors in different areas.

To integrate Indian patterns and motifs, decorate the walls with tile or mirror mosaic. Hang a piece of fabric on the wall with such designs.


Indian interior design - Textured rug and bamboo screen
Note The Textured Rug And Bamboo Screen

Flooring in Indian interior design is mostly made of marble, ceramic or terracotta tiles, wood or stones such as Kota, Jaiselmer etc.

Use decorative carpets, textured rugs or bamboo mats to soften the floor.

Wall Treatment

Paint the walls in a color which coordinates with the fabrics and furnishings creating a rich, vibrant feel to the room.

To create a bold effect use rich colors like orange, dark green, gold or turquoise on the walls. To keep it subtle, choose a warm neutral color on three walls and the ceiling and apply a strong color on the fourth wall.

You can even add color as furnishings and accessories, keeping all walls neutral.

Lacquer is used on the walls in some designs to create a shiny surface.


Furniture changes the visual proportions of a room. Create a sense of balance by choosing furniture that is the right size, shape and scale for your room.

Low seating in Indian interior design
Low Seating

Traditional Indian furniture is often -

  • Made of dark, ornately carved wood, solid and rustic.
  • Built low to the ground like low cushioned couches or divans.
  • Accented with artisan touches such as engraved panels, gold painted trim, tile insets, niches and hand-painted borders and motifs.
  • Carved, gilded, mosaic or painted featuring figures of animals or flowers.

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Fabrics And Furnishings

Soft furnishings in Indian interior design
Soft Furnishings

Fabric patterns in Indian interior design
Fabric Patterns

To give a warm Indian touch to the interiors, use lot of fabrics with Indian prints as curtains, throw pillows, bedspreads, wall hangings and tapestries. Use these in a variety of colors like indigo blue, saffron, purple and dark green.

Use soft fabrics such as silks and chiffon in bright colors such as magenta, lime and turquoise. Combine these with gold and silver tassels.

Use drapes with authentic Indian prints, satin drapes in rust, bronze or copper colors for the window treatment.

Beautiful cotton fabrics block-printed with floral or animal designs and elaborate paisley patterns can be used with great effect in soft furnishings.


Indian interior design is incomplete without decoration. It adds a touch of warmth, vibrancy and personality to the space. Some of the ideas to decorate your interiors are -

Decoration in Indian interior design
Decoration Makes The Space Alive

  • floor cushions thrown around a low coffee table
  • wooden boxes or other items with bone inlay
  • furniture or fabric decorated with tiny mirrors
  • small figurines, room statues or outdoor garden statues
  • Buddha statues in bronze, wrought iron, stone or gold
  • miniature Tanjore paintings or Madhubani art on an earth-colored wall
  • large, dramatic wall hanging like the patchwork-and-mirror hangings of Kutch

These Indian interior design elements can make a room highly decorated while maintaining a minimalist and uncluttered look.

To complete the designs add extravagant and regal ornaments, frames, mirrors, crystals, accessories and light fittings.

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