What You Need to Know About Decorating Your Home in South Indian Style

Decorating Your Home

Admit it or not, we all dream of having a house we want to adorn and decorate with our taste. Especially in India, it is difficult to determine a particular style you want the interiors of your house to be. Although North and South India have similar cultures, the design styles and art patterns are vastly different. Each region of our country has its own particular identity. If you want to decorate your home in traditional South Indian style, you must add certain elements like Muggu backdrops. 

  1. Rangolis

If you ever visit a traditional South Indian home, you will be greeted with a Rangoli at the entrance. Rangolis are considered to bring good luck into your home and welcome you with open arms. Rangoli patterns are symmetrical aligned grids and dots. 

A rangoli will be found on the doorstep, in the pooja room and in the courtyard of every South Indian home. During festivals and religious rites, elaborate rangolis are made of rice powder or paste and is never skipped. 

  • Wooden Furniture

The woodwork dominates the interior and external architecture of South Indian homes. Rosewood, Teakwood, and Oak are commonly used for the furniture and framings in these homes. 

The natural finish of wood looks great when combined with colourful minimalist furniture and subtle lighting. The natural touch of jute is favoured as a carpet, although velvet is also added sometimes.

Furthermore, a hanging swing is a must-have in every South Indian living or family room. Sofas are typically not upholstered but rather are simple pieces with a lot of wood on display. 

  • Showpieces of Brass

Metal statues have been used in South Indian castles, temples, and private residences since forever. In South Indian homes, metal sculptures, particularly brass or bronze figurines, frequent décor items. 

South Indians are particularly fond of Ganesha, Buddha, and Nataraja idols. You can also shop for metal-accented artwork, such as Tanjore paintings with actual gold leaf. They will add an element to your living room or bedroom walls.

  • Lamps

In religious rites in the South, lamps have a specific significance. Also, lighting the lamp is a well-preserved tradition. The lamp’s light is claimed to banish the darkness in all of its forms.

Many traditional households retain a tall brass lamp hanging light on their verandah or entryway to their homes. These lamps not only add to your aesthetic but also is believed to bring in good fortune. 

  • Fabrics

Handicrafts and handloom fabrics from South India are incredibly rich and intricately woven. You can use Mysore silks and Kerala’s gorgeous white and gold Mundus as window drapes and pillow covers for a South Indian touch. You can also add a Muggu backdrop on the wall for special occasions.

  • Earthen colours

The South Indian style is dominated by nature and natural materials. South Indian homes use a lot of natural colours like white, brown and green. Natural white ceiling lights illuminate some traditional South Indian houses.

You can also choose a wall colour of a mild tone. Moreover, strong colours are usually avoided, especially the inside of the residence. Tan, beige, cream, white, blue, grey, yellow, red, and green are all popular, although muted tones are preferred. You can also use traditional chandeliers to add a vintage feel. 

  • Ornamental Doors

South Indian entrance doors are typically carved in detail and decorated with metal. You can replace your simple entrance door with one old ornamental door. It will give the guests an overview of what lies ahead. 

Thus, the traditional South Indian style of décor is minimalist and follows the principle of “less is more.” The principle of simplicity extends to the sculptures, paintings, furniture, furnishings, statues, and mirrors used to decorate the home. In the true South Indian design style, traditional and natural elements are used to decorate the homes.

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on Daily Mid Time Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: peter@dailymidtime.com