The Indian Culture in Design & Architecture

India has inspired Western designers for hundreds of years. But unfortunately
there are many people within India who are missing out on the Indian culture
inspiration due to excessive focus on western trends.

But thankfully, with today’s growing awareness about the impact of cultural
appropriation by the West, there is greater opportunity to examine how the
Indian cultural elements can be experimented with and assimilated in the Indian
as well as foreign interiors and architectures in an increasingly globalised world.

This experimentation can be possible by becoming more informed about the
major elements of Indian culture that have been an inspiration for interiors and
architecture for years now.

They include:


Indian culture is entwined with spirituality. This facet is embodied in Indian
interior design which is not just about aesthetics but also about health and
overall well-being. A good example of this has been incorporated by well-known
interior designer Marie Burgos who in one of her clients projects (a home)
designed a foyer with Indian spiritual elements.

Indian culture is entwined with spirituality. This facet is embodied in Indian
interior design which is not just about aesthetics but also about health and
overall well-being. A good example of this has been incorporated by well-known
interior designer Marie Burgos who in one of her clients projects (a home)
designed a foyer with Indian spiritual elements.

Another noted aspect of Indian tradition is the state of enlightenment through
meditation and wisdom. This creates a soothing environment overall. There are
many real-life examples of the same; interiors and architecture infused with
calm, neutral hues, simple furnishings, natural materials, and crisp, clean lines
to create a balanced and harmonious space. Some interior and architectural
settings have a stone statue of Lord Buddha, the calm and comforting symbol of
great compassion, adding a strong, cultural element to the space.


Most parts of India are sunny and warm for much of the year. So flooring plays
an important role, predominantly to keep the homes and offices cooler.

Over the years, Indian tradition has been synonymous with marble, granite and
tiles. Their influence still rules the roost in many Indian homes, offices and
commercial entities. The main factor has been apart from eschewing a regal feel
with a neat finish to the interiors, they are also easy to maintain, are stain-
resistant, and above all, more durable. With varied colour and design options,
they are a great add-on to interiors.

To uphold their warmth in design, terracotta tiling or plain wooden beams or
detailed carpets and bamboo mats can be seen covering the flooring in many
settings in typical Indian style.

Likewise, Indian culture appreciates the sun; this influence can be seen on walls
which are painted with pale yellow or orange, as well as on doors and windows
wherein they indicate reliability.


Indian culture has also for long been synonymous with rich lighting. This
influence is best reflected in richly embellished folding screens that function as
popular dividers for Indian home décor, and make for remarkable impression.

Another highpoint is light play which continues in big mirrors with huge glided or
wooden carved frames. Crafts from beads, wood or batik adorning lights is also
a common and so is elephant as a covering or as a statue for an elegant tabletop


After colours, the second most common feature of Indian culture influence in
interiors and architectures are unique Patterns and Motifs. Their influence can be
seen everywhere from the walls to bedspreads, pillow covers, fabrics, and more,
even on the knotted rug, in varied types and styles.

The most common textiles in Indian culture are silk and cotton on which the
most intricate patterns can be seen. Similarly, the most popular designs can be
seen in nature-designed themes in the form of flowers and birds, intricate
mandala motifs, and paisley patterns.

Then there are bed linens which often sport vibrant rainbow patterns, while
unique patterns and motifs can be seen on mosaic flooring, patchwork on quilts
and elegant tapestries that reflect Indian culture at its visual best.


India is famous for its architecture and paintings. It is common to see interiors
and architecture depict shades of Indian ethnic art in varied hues. They emit a
regal feel in all its finery giving the interiors and architecture that ultra-alluring

Some of the most famous Indian properties are decked-up with Madhubani, a
popular Indian painting. Likewise, some properties are laced with artworks that
depict the way of life in rural parts of India. Most Indian interior walls are also
often decorated with beautiful paintings that evoke a rich effect while other
categories of interior and architectural settings are decorated with various God-
like inspired home décor objects giving that authentic Indian feel.


India is known for its elaborate work on fabrics. Hand woven fabrics often play a
key role in traditional Indian interior design which can be best seen from cushion
covers to bedspreads, drapes, and more, synched with weaves, embroidery, and
block printing.

Similarly, cotton, jute, linen, and khadi fabrics can be found decorating the arms
of chairs and side-tables while center-peaces upholstered in more fine and
luxurious fabrics like silk, or ikat. Rustic earthy fabrics and textiles are another
hallmark of Indian culture influence. For instance, rough woven rug or ‘dari’ in a
living room OR woven wall features like elephant heads made of jute hung on
walls OR rustic woven blinds draped on windows.


The first thing that strikes one about the influence of Indian culture in the
interiors and architectures is the sheer astounding range of colour palette. So
contrasting is the variation that they evoke an aura of richness and buoyancy.

The hue gets even brighter when rich, dark, and vibrant colours or deep burnt
shades are juxtaposed against strong bold backgrounds. They emit a sense of
grandeur that is at once enticing.

Though a typical Indian interior has earthy colours like brown, tan, ochre yellow,
burnt orange and umber, all often seen on walls and sometimes even on the
floors, the two most prominent colours remain pink and yellow for all facets of
interior with blue and green used for smaller elements like chairs and pillowcases. Another highpoint is accented colours in richly, patterned wallpapers
and luxurious and comfy fabrics.


Handcrafted furniture has been the staple diet of Indian interiors and
architecture for years now. They still continue to be, but in a more contemporary

  •  Furniture crafted from solid wood carved into ornate pieces or decorated
    with artistic motifs like carved panels, gold painted trim and hand-painted
  • Furniture intricately carved and made from exotic woods like teak, ebony,
    and rosewood.
  • Cushions and curtains in bright, happy colours that eschew sparkle and
    radiance. Many cushion covers and curtains take inspiration from the
    saree fabric to resemble Indian style.
  • Heavily carved wooden chests, centre tables, short stools, jharokas, etc.
  • Architectural carvings, inlays, and curved edges.

Foreign interior designers often attribute the craftwork of Indian furniture
craftsmen to their embracing the natural imperfections in the wood and other

When India is surrounded by so many rich and vibrant cultures, each unique in
its own way, iconic design styles can only be around the corner. To bring the
many styles of Indian culture and tradition into interiors and architecture, it is
vital to enlist the expertise of good interior design firms.

This is where; your search ends at the doorsteps of leading interior architectural
design firm, Uniworks Designs. As one of the top interior design firms that
balances color, space, and light into every design, their interior works have
portrayed elegance and sophistication, yet stayed functional.

Uniworks Designs has always challenged conventional shapes and forms and has
an uncanny flair for using traditional Indian techniques in a radical, new avatar.
This is well-backed by an impeccable track-record of execution of several such
projects in residential, commercial, hospitality, retail segments as well as Green
Building projects.

With its constant pursuit of perfection and extreme attention to detail, Uniworks
Designs has in a short span of time, successfully provided quality consultative
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By harnessing Uniworks Designs proven interior design expertise, you can make
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