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India Inspired Bedroom Themes & Ideas

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    Color

    • Bold Indian silk

      A bedroom with decor inspired by India must be alive with vibrant color. The walls should be the color of a bright orchid or a sultry spice like curry. Pinks, purples, fuchsias, warm reds, oranges and yellows are all appropriate for Indian bedroom design. Walls should be a bright color and not diluted by white trim or ceilings. All surfaces should be either a bright color or richly finished wood. A wild play of color is welcome in India design; use any colors you find pleasing to your eye.

    Fabric

    • Indian decor often involves silks, printed cotton, and fabric embroidered and embellished with beads and tiny mirrors. These fabrics are used to make wall hangings, tapestries, rugs, pillows and upholstery; to bring these ideas into your bedroom, purchase linens of printed cotton and brightly colored pillows of raw silk. The sari is a traditional Indian garment that drapes and wraps around the body. It is essentially a very long rectangle that, according to the Sari Safari website, is generally 42 to 49 inches wide and 5 1/2 to 9 yards long. This abundance of fabric can be repurposed to create pillows, bedding, wall hangings or curtains. You can purchase saris new, or sometimes find them at flea markets or online auction sites.

    Art and Statuary

    • Indian motif featuring a carved peacock

      Indian art reflects its many cultural influences, and may feature traditional themes or may be as contemporary or modern as any other body of art. To capture what seems exotic to western sensibilities, however, traditional art may be used to give your bedroom an authentic Indian sensibility. Much of traditional Indian art involves the depiction of its unique architecture features--like the Taj Mahal--or its gods and goddesses. A strong statement can be made by placing a large statue of a success god like the Ganesha in the corner of your bedroom or perhaps hanging a poster of a goddess like Parvati over your bed.

    Furniture

    • Indian architectural detail

      Indian furniture generally involves dark exotic woods, or woods finished to appear exotic. Wood and associated finishes appropriate for a bedroom with an Indian theme include rosewood, mahogany, teak, ebony and red cedar. Indian furniture is often elaborately carved and inlaid with wood or stone. It also may be painted with various colorful motifs. Indian furniture often reflects the graceful elements of classical Indian architecture such as rounded arches, scallops and pointed domes.

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