Visited Rajasthan and loved its deep embedded royalty? Still haven’t recovered from that refreshing trip to Kerala backwaters? The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. A hobby for some, a passion for some, travel is also a perfect opportunity to decorate homes for the experimental ones at heart. And if you’re one of those travellers who often leave your heart in the cities you travel to, let the sights of your favourite travel destinations come to life right up to your living rooms, bed rooms and kitchen tables with these travel inspired décor ideas! Sonam Gupta, Design Head, Tangerine,shares some fabulous ideas:
Royal look of Rajasthan
Every visit to Rajasthan is a brush of royalty, one that stays in our memories for years together. If you have always wondered how to manifest these memories to life – here’s a plan. Create your own little Rajasthan at home using traditional bandhani or leheriya curtains. Couple them up with colorful, hand embroidered, mirror work cushions. Or let those block prints of Sanganer add life on a low-seating arrangement or a couch and bring in the rich and bright look you always wished for. Adding the eye-catching Turko-Persian inspired blue pottery from Jaipur is that final touch of royalty your travel inspired traditional home was missing out on.
Good old big city magic of Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata
For those who love a walk down the mayhem and magic of Mumbai, the culture and chaos of Kolkata and the dramatic capital city life of Delhi, there are ideas galore to bring home the big city charm. Let your dream home be studded with the sights, smells and flavours of Mumbai with quirky kettles, cutting chai glasses and metal dabbas as décor pieces. Picking fridge magnets, mugs and table mats or even colorful and coordinated contemporary wall pieces, door art with some signature slangs of Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata are a great way to enliven a kitchen or dining space. And why forget the living room? Add some quirky and colorful cushions with motifs of your favourite city and immerse in the feel that you were missing from that oh-so-memorable trip.
The vibe and times of Varanasi
Haven’t recovered yet from the other-worldly charm of the city of Moksha, Banaras? Let your home ideas reminisce the visuals of this elusive ancient city as you add the fragrance of marigold floral arrangements using some long-forgotten Indian utensils. Also, the world famous silk from the ancient city when turned in to a table runner and mats, adds to those warm family dinners, a warmer spirit. Let your ideas flow as freely as the holy water flowing at the banks of river Ganges, and color up your home in the vibe and times of authentic and cultural Kashi.
All that’s hand-made in the heartlands
Do you love exploring those far-flung cities that have a life so different from where you live? Be it the chilling cold charisma of Kashmir mixed with the warmth of Kahvaa or the chilled out walk down the Dravidian culture of Kerala and its backwaters, bring home the art of these hinterlands and revel in the magic they spell. From the Assamese cane craft as baskets and vases, the prosperous Phulkari of Punjabi on cushions and curtains, the coconut shell beaded curtains or decorative pieces, to the dancing glory of Kutch on cushions, wall hangings, mats and lots more; there is a way to bring back that essence of your favorite town, right in to your abode. All you need is an eye for décor and a heart that loves to cherish those travel memories.
With travel inspired home décor from colorful curtains, quirky cushions, and traditional terracotta to handicrafts of the hinterlands, bring home the visuals of some of the most enchanting cities that stayed in your heart for longer than you thought.
Which is that travel-inspired home decor idea that’s already ringing a bell and vying to adorn your favorite corner?