Add Rajasthani Touch To You Modern House: With the cool breeze of October gradually taking over the July’s dank humidity; old summer leaves paving the way for its offsprings; dark, somber November evenings lead the way to vibrant, festive lights; and the warmth of diyas and candles subsiding the winter chills; with bustling shopping carts, revamping cupboards and adorning houses marks the commencement of the festive season.
Pandemic or no pandemic, nothing should stop us from pampering ourselves or, in this case, even our houses! And what could be better than adding a Rajasthani touch to our modern houses? Who doesn’t like all those extravagant paintings, pretty lightings, peppy covers, right? So, here we are to present some of the best ways to add a much-needed revamp to your houses in Rajasthani style!
Add Rajasthani Touch To You Modern House
Vintage paintings, wall hangings, tapestries
The first and the foremost thing to revamp our interiors is got to be with paintings and wall hangings, no? Get your hands on well-known miniature paintings, originally brought to India by the Mughals in the 16th century, which depict the lives of the Rajputs.
If you’re the one who likes to experiment with designs while adding a bit of pop and color to the room, the next best option is by styling the room with Rajasthan’s famous intricately woven multicolored tapestries. Imagine the bland boring walls of the houses all lit up with the stunning colors of bandhej and leheriya!
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Low seating, crafted furniture and cabinets
Another way to give that indispensable traditional touch to your drawing rooms is the modern high chairs and sofas. Also, opt for classic low-height sofas. This will not only add a touch of grandeur to the room but is also prerequisite of the Rajput lifestyle.
Blend in some soft maroons, muted greens, rustic mustards and peppy pinks, dim the lights, plump for some curved wooden shelves and handcrafted cabinets. You can also be a little creative by adding a low, hanging, cushioned swing in a corner. Voilà, your very own cozy corner to play a game of cards on a festive evening is ready!
Covers and Colours
The colors you choose define your personality. When it comes to Rajasthani-style home decor, there’s never too much pink or blue or maroon or red. So go vibrant and choose your bright to tell your own unique story!
Pair some bandhej and leheriya pillow covers to your plain bright colored bed linens. Similarly, go crazy with the traditional cushion covers to make your sofas stand out and pull off that minimalist-boho look! Besides that, you can always plump for some intricately embroidered Rajasthani curtains and vintage handwoven carpets.
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Lanterns, lamps, and lights
With each passing day paving way for Diwali, what can be a better way to refurnish our house with Rajasthan-style lanterns? Hang some lanterns in your balconies and your living room or be innovative by hanging them right above your dressing tables for that perfect lighting in your #OOTD snaps!
Besides that, if you’re looking for something more extravagant, royal and grand, then nothing can be better than getting a classic, magnificent jhumar.
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Traditional and exotic souvenirs
Give your rooms a fresh look with classic kathputlis (puppets), bandhanwaars/jhaalars, traditionally handcrafted wind-chimes while tight on pockets! You can easily order them online or shop for them from Dilli Haat (exclusively for Dilli-waalas) as soon as the pandemic ends! fingers crossed
Did you know that puppetry, locally known as kathputli, goes back over thousands of years? These doll-like figures covered in gold, red and bright yellow are still found in Rajasthani homes and markets.
Wall Art and Wallpapers
Do a makeover of your rooms with pretty and easily available stencil designs. You can also pop up your walls with pretty motifs and designs. Take some time off of screens and pave the way to your creative inner selves by painting your walls! But make sure you don’t end up being thrown out of your houses by your parents. Besides that, you can also use wallpaper stencils for your balconies!
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Antique showpieces, mirrors
If you’re confused about how to bring a little change to your bathrooms, bedrooms, and dressing rooms, just order a traditional vintage mirror or intricately designed wall clocks. You can always make the boring corners of your house stand out by creatively placing a Rajasthani musician set, kathputlis or any other antique showpieces.
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Rajasthani Touch – Handicrafts
You can also style up your houses with ablaze layered pots and vases in the corners at the entrances. Fill up one of the pots/vases with water and place some floating scented diyas in it. Surround them with some rose petals. Get a rangoli sticker or make one yourself. Place the pot/vase right in the middle of it and there you go!
You can also order some Rajasthani touch traditional, handcrafted, decorative umbrellas and hang them to light up your ceiling and add a little colour to your walls as well.
Bring some Rajasthani Touch to your Dining Tables
Starting with a classic vintage antique cutlery set to not only add that grandeur to the dinings tables but also to give you maharani/maharaja feel!
Pair it up with some old-fashioned candle holders, coasters, table covers, mats, tea sets, spoon holders and the list is literally unending. So, now you can make yourselves some Daal Bati Churma and gulp it down in traditional copper thalis.
Rajasthani Touch to your Study
Last but not least is adding a little Rajasthan to your study tables/study rooms! Find yourself some traditional Rajasthani wooden carved paperweights, mirror embellished wooden pen stands, bandhej/leheriya laptop covers/jholas and ethnic handcrafted wooden/metal table lamps. Hang a tiny multicoloured tapestry on the wall right in front of the study table and your very own royal study corner is ready.
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Now that we have revamped the entire house, well, make yourself a cup of tea, pour it in one of those antique teacups and enjoy your perfect evening brunch while sitting on the hanging cushioned swing in the balcony with motifs on the walls. And don’t forget, “Alexa, play Chaudhary from Coke Studio and dim the lights!”
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