Decor Inspiration: India’s Most Beautiful Palaces

If the world were to give a medal to its most vibrant country, India would undeniably be in the running. With grand architecture such as the Taj Mahal making it a dreamy and exotic tourist destination, India certainly has a lot to offer when it comes to wanderlust.

One of the most unique and stunning aspects of India are its lavish and colourful palaces. Just stepping into one of these magnificent places makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time.

Although India is home to a whopping 71 palaces, we have selected the most beautiful ones for you to feast your eyes on!

Here’s the most beautiful palaces India has the offer, alongside home décor inspired by them…

Jaipur City Palace

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Located in the capital of India’s Rajasthan State and in the center of ‘the pink city’, Jaipur Palace is a mish-mash of Rajput, Mughpal and European architectural styles. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 and was originally inhabited by Maharaja of Jaipur, who was the King of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction, with part of the palace acting as a museum.

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The Chandra Mahal acts as the home of the current royal family. With golden embellished pillars and ceilings with adornments of deep ruby and emerald, this part of the palace is certainly fit for royalty! Embroidered rugs in vermilion and gold perfectly line the floor, whilst oversized crimson pillow compliment the mahogany doors. Don’t expect to see a tiger here if you visit, this fellow was cleverly super-imposed by the photographer!

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Line your floors with the hand embroidered table runner for an easy royal upgrade.

Recreate the palaces detailed ceiling in your home with the hand embroidered brocade pillow cover.

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This section of the Chandra Mahal embraces a more cool palette. Although it is undeniably still as vivid and vibrant as the red-toned part, this combination of azure and soft gold has a more soothing effect.

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Sleep like royalty underneath the calm tones of the hand embroidered 7 piece duvet cover set.

Or if the walls inspire you, use the ornamental blossom table runner as a statement wall hanging.

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Mysore Palace

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Built in 1892 in India’s Southern region of Karnataka, Mysore Palace is now India’s most second popular tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal. With a combination of Hindu, Gothic and Muslim architectural styles, the popularity of this stunning palace barely comes as a surprise. Despite it’s tourism success, it still remains property of the royal family and has housed the Maharajas of Mysore since its construction.

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A conglomeration of vibrant colors, prints and textures make this palace a truly magnificent sight to see. Angel encrusted pillars and floral- dotted walls lead directly towards the golden throne itself. The colors and patterns are cleverly placed to gradually go from warm tones to cool, with a red-toned floor, red, aqua and golden pillars and a blue and green ceiling.

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Embrace the palaces clashing colors with the blue and red toned floral pillow embroidered cover.

Ocean Blue

Or go for a more understated, but equally regal air with the luxurious artistry table runner.

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The stunning ceiling of the Public Durbar Hall gives across an abstract image of the sun and the sky. Intricately guilded with a textured gold frame, it seamlessly stems into a flower-dotted gold beam surrounded by vibrant mint.

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Our exotic oriental pillow cover perfectly captures the air of this stunning ceiling

Bangalore Palace

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Home to the current Mysore royal family, the Bangalore Palace has recently undergone a renovation. Although it still holds elements of its gothic roots close to its heart, the palace grounds now contain lavish amenities, including an amusement park and a concert ground.

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This room is a perfect mish-mash of modern décor and classic Indian elements. The hanging chandeliers and wooden floors bring a more Western element to the contrasting decorated ceiling and walls. The earthy tones of ochre, green and wood make it less vivid than other Indian temples, but equally as beautiful.

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Juxtapose the old and new in your kitchen with the shimmering spiral placemats and the hawthorn leaf table runner.

Gold

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The courtyard has undeniable Spanish and Arabic influences. Stone turrets and mosaic floors give this décor an incredibly multi-cultural vibe, not to mention the classic Tudor stone walls surrounding it.

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Go for a mystical Moroccan vibe with our velvet sparkle throw pillow cover

Taj Lake Palace

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This lavish ‘floating’ palace in Udaipur was originally built as a Winter palace for Maharana Jagat Singh III. Set on the small island of Jag Niwas, it is now a luxury hotel and was recently voted ‘the most romantic hotel in the world.’ Keeping it’s luxurious Palace décor in play, its guests include actress Nicole Kidman and Sir Mick Jaggar. It also grew in popularity after featuring in the 1983 James Bond movie ‘Octopussy’.

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With an architectural style inspired by the history of Udaipur, this arched Grand Presidential Suite is sure to make its guests feel like royalty. Jacquard printed fabrics and silky textures ensure that it remains true to the palaces heritage.

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This one is all about clashing jacquard prints. Opt for our damask table runner and jacquard floral pillow covers in orange and blue tones.

 

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The Grand Royal Suite takes a more modern approach to Indian Palace décor. The braised wood bed head and serenity-hued sofas have a modern air of elegance to them, which is beautifully woven into the more classic elements of the room. Carved stone elephants and golden guilded doors and mirrors allow the guest to step back into the time of the palaces Royal inhabitants.

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A golden embroidered bedding set is regal, yet timeless.

The exotic oriental pillow cover will pop perfectly from a neutral palette.

Which palace is your favorite?

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Rachel Holliday

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