Spice of Life – Indian Interior Influence

11 Mar


India is synonymous as the country of colours. whether it be the colourful culture, the streets, the tales that you hear told, the religious symbolism or the sari’s and jewels. From the deep reds of a wedding dress, the orange marigolds displayed in celebrations, or the spices and dyes that laden the markets.

Source – Open Travel


Source (Calcutta Holi Best)

One commentator on colour has suggested that;

“a country as diverse and culturally vibrant as India, it is perhaps the common, simple expressions of colour that hold together the multitudes of outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions. The symbolism of colour stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion, politics, festivals, or celebrations. In India, be it the north, south, west, or east, colour and culture go hand in hand.”

So in honour of this vibrance, and perhaps because I am writing this on a very grey day in Sydney, I thought I would showcase a few interiors and accessories which take inspiration from this celebration of colour and culture.

From using a dash of celebration to bring to life a predominantly white space.

Source ElleDecor

Source ElleDecor

I love this idea to make a small child’s room seem spacious, it certainly beats a racing car bed or an over explosion of pink! New york based interior Photographer Pieter Estersohn has created a little palace for his son by creating a wallpaper from one of his photographs….

Source Elle Decor - Photograph Pieter Estersohn

Source Elle Decor – Photograph Pieter Estersohn

Maison Coloniale

Maison Coloniale

Spicy Accessories

Kerrie Brown - Indian Princess with Lute

From these unique and whimsical blinds by Sydney designer Kerrie Brown.

Kerrie Brown Indian Rider Blind

To recycled vintage Sari Quilt covers from Niki Jones

vintagekanthaquilts -

Vintage Kantha Quilts – Niki Jones

My favourite has to be this light shade from Kerrie Brown…..

Kerrie Brown Indian Princess with Lute Lampshade

Kerrie Brown Indian Princess with Lute Lampshade

Hand blown glass pendants from Rockett St George are the perfect way to add a subtle flavour of indian colour to your home.



Or on a cold day snuggle up in these kantha quilts from

Vintage Kantha Throw -

Which is your favourite?…. mean while on with the colourful adventure..


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8 responses to “Spice of Life – Indian Interior Influence

  1. This Sydney Life

    March 11, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Nice quilts, Mrs Jones!

  2. Clanmother

    March 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

    You have filled my day with color! Fantastic post….

  3. Hidden Passions

    April 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Although all of them are equally beautiful, I am bit inclined and could not stop appreciating the creativity of child’s room with poster from photograph.

    • birdcagedesign

      April 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

      It is amazing, You would think it would make the room look small but it gives it a whole new dimension.

      • Hidden Passions

        April 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        Yeah.. that’s so true.. and that’s where it scores the points.. Call it is as part of “Spacial Engineering” πŸ™‚


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