Spice Route: Colorful India-Inspired Interiors
One of the remarkable things about the culture of India is its vivid colors, rich textures and blending of patterns. While living in Toronto, one of my favorite things to do was to stroll the Gerard Street India Bazaar, a largely Indian community with storefront after storefront of amazing fabrics, saris and jewelry, not to mention fabulous Indian street food. From doors to spices, it is an exotic and inspired treasure trove of color, history, and enchantment!
Flickr photo by Khaotic Serenity
Flickr photo by nethopper
The spice route can be interpreted in a modern fashion for today’s interiors. Think of using a lively color palette. I like to start with a dominant color like this electrifying orange and then highlighting with blues and greens. Mix textures like velvet with high gloss laminate trays, embroidered pillows, and sleek modern pottery. I like to add something highly carved with an aged finish to suggest the ancient architecture and craftsmanship of the area.