A Beginners Guide To Indian Ethnic Decor

Indian Ethnic decor has been a popular trend in homes all around the world since the 1970s. From vibrant bohemian mandalas, to burnished metal accents, Indian style decor is always vibrant and uplifting.

Looking to give your home a warming uplift this winter? Indian ethnic decor has the ability to create a snug, zen atmosphere that has an air of exoticism that will completely transform your home. Best of all, Indian ethnic decor never goes out of fashion.

Here’s our beginners guide to giving your home that ethnic Indian edge…

Indian Ethnic Decor For The Bedroom

Make It Vibrant


Indian decor is known for its vibrancy, so opt for warm tones in their brightest, such as crimson red, hot magenta and deep carmine. Choose fabrics with fine, handcrafted embellishments to keep it looking traditional. Hand painted floral details, paisley prints, sequins and embroidery are all wonderful choices.

This bedroom above looks like it has been taken from a traditional palace, with intricately carved bedheads and draped curtains. Despite its lavishness, this room is surprisingly easy to recreate. Begin by adorning your bed with the hand painted floral duvet cover set. Next, add the ornamental blossom table runner along the foot of the bed to add some classic paisley prints. Finally, adorn the head of the bed with the hand painted deluxe accent pillow covers in red and pink.


Use Wall Hangings


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Forget expensive artworks, wall hangings are a cheap, yet effective way to make your walls more interesting. Opt for one large hanging for a statement look, or, if you fancy something a bit more modern and fun, opt for three long and thin hangs in a line.

The rustic and earthy palette of the above photo can easily be recreated with the exotic oriental table runner,  the glamorous border table runner and the saree border table runner.

Beige & Maroon

Indian Ethnic Decor For The Living Room

Create Contrasts


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For a modern Indian ethnic vibe, contrast a clean, white base with pops of pattern and color. The clean white walls and sofa create a soothing zen element, whilst adornments of traditional Indian prints in cushions, paintings and table runners ensure it looks quintessentially Indian.

Recreate this look by giving your plain sofa an uplift with printed cushion covers. We recommend the floral embroidered pillow cover and the hand embroidered brocade pillow cover.

Go For Hanging Lanterns


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How beautiful is this aurora of colors and prints? The wonderful thing about Indian ethnic decor is that you can combine as many colors and patterns as your heart desires!

One easy way to add an element of India to your home is to hang some mosaic lanterns from the ceiling. As well as giving your home that massive ‘wow factor’, the lanterns will also act as mood lighting.

Opt For Natural Materials


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Natural fibers are the perfect choice for Indian ethnic decor. Weaved water hyacinth fabric makes a fabulous neutral canvas for the bright fabrics that are the epitome of this trend. Stone, wood and woven bamboo are all great choices too.

Indian Ethnic Decor For The Dining Room

Go For Decorated Table Runners


When it comes to your dining table, the more colors, patterns and embellishments, the better! Rich purple hues will give your kitchen a regal feel, whilst gold adornments will ensure that every meal time feels like a celebration!

For this rich purple decor, begin by layering your dining table with the hand embroidered table cloth in purple. Add stunning sparkle with the exotic oriental table runner.  Opt for contrasting orange plates for a wonderfully uplifting juxtaposition and top with silver bowls. Add another colorful element by using our floral embroidered placemats as napkins.

Create an even more impressive centerpiece by adorning your runner with antique silver candle holders and vases and add tinted glass candle holders.


Adorn With Ethnic Candles


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Whether you want to give your home a little injection of Indian ethnic decor, or want to go all-out, detailed candles are a wonderful addition to your kitchen. Opt for ethnic patterns, beading details, stained glass and burnished metal for a real ethnic injection.

Candles are a wonderful centerpiece for dining and coffee tables alike, plus: they ensure your kitchen smells great!


Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net