Indian, or Desi, interior design is electric and vibrant! Using colours in a unique and unapologetic way that differs from most of the world. Contrasting colours are paired with floral prints to create a welcoming atmosphere for guests.
Desi furniture is is often made from strong and exotic woods such as teak, ebony and rosewood and holds delicately crafted patterns. Hand crafted Desi furniture is very popular in Australia and many suppliers sell authentic products. Rattan is also commonly used in Desi styling, often as side or centre tables. Whether it is hard or soft wood, the design and attention to detail in Desi craftsmanship is a key feature.
Linen is a huge part of Desi decor. With a rich history in textiles, the design and creation of luxurious fabrics such as silk and cashmere has been perfected in Desi style, both in clothing and decor, over thousands of years. Linen often sports floral prints featuring marigolds, lotuses and jasmine, as well as polarising colour combinations. While Australia design tends to favour combinations of colours that align on the colour wheel, Desi design opts for contrasting colours to maximise effect. Blending colours such as yellow and purple or blue and red.
Rittika is an interior designer and influencer based in Mumbai, who created #mydesiswag for her followers to share their Indian decor ideas and creations. Check out her instagram @rittika_ariyonainterior for some authentic Desi inspiration!