How to be an Indian interior designer

Indian designers are often praised for their designs and work ethic.

But there is an inner-workout aspect to their business as well, and some feel it could be a major advantage for a designer to adapt their craft to fit the changing cultural landscape.

We spoke to several interior designers from India and found some of their ideas to be particularly beneficial.

Here are 10 tips for making a lasting impression in India: 1.

Make it easy to change styles The best way to change the look of a room is by creating a range of styles, but there is no right way to go about it.

Some of our favourite examples are the traditional design of temples, which could be altered to reflect the local landscape, or the traditional look of homes, which are usually made from wood.


Choose different colours For a traditional interior design you might choose a muted red, white or blue palette, but you can also add a few more options if it suits your vision.


Use natural materials For a more contemporary style, you might try to use reclaimed materials.

The more natural the colour, the more likely it is to retain its original shape.


Use a palette that you like Make sure that the colours you choose are natural, not glossy or shimmery, and don’t use colours you find too expensive.


Be flexible and versatile Make sure you don’t go overboard with your palette choices, or you risk becoming overwhelmed with colours.


Keep the space colourful and colourful don’t leave it lifeless, because colour can make a big difference in your designs.


Keep your design simple and straightforward Do not use a lot of colours, as these can be very distracting and add to the clutter in the room.


Don’t over-emphasise the ‘faux-ethnic’ aspect of your design Make sure your designs don’t look like they are imported from abroad, and avoid using Asian influences, such as Indian embroidery, as well as using fabrics from South Asia.


Be mindful of how you look The right palette and design choices can go a long way to making your designs stand out, but a good rule of thumb is that you should try to make your designs look at home in the home of your favourite designers.


Always be open to feedback Take your time, listen to what your clients say and consider your own style, as there are no right or wrong ways to go.