Travelling is a great way to open up your mind to different cultures, customs and styles. Everywhere I travel, I usually remember the interiors that I love – Whether that be an ornate painted ceiling or awe inspiring floor tiles, I love bringing a little of that feeling or style home with me.
The colours, patterns and architecture in India are certainly very memorable but that look is also relatively simple to re-create. To me, these are the four special secrets of Indian Interiors:
Use fragranced or luscious foliage in terracotta pots to lead the way to a tranquil water feature or outdoor seating area. This structured way of planting in these richly toned pots brings a formality and classic edge to green spaces or light interiors. If you have a focal point, frame it with large, matching pot plants on either side.
The use of casual and tactile materials in formal shapes encourages that effortless British Colonial look. Chairs made from cane or rattan and placed around an antique table invite conversations and create a timeless style in interior and exterior spaces.
Create stories from your travels by mixing and matching your napkins for a truly individual look. Mixing shades of a single colour helps to retain a well thought out style. At the moment, I’m drawn to tones of blue, which look great with white crockery and of course, the classic, Spode.
Colourful verandas make a wonderful extension to interiors. Cool and shaded with ornate pillars or interesting details on high ceilings, they can conjure up images of bygone eras. This beautiful example at Narain Niwas Palace with its lemon, mint and raspberry paintwork is pure laid-back opulence – a great space to ponder about the life that once lived within her grand old walls.