INDO- TROPICAL INTERIOR DESIGN

TROPICAL INTERIOR DESIGN

A good design is inspired from people and their characteristics. Simplicity of design reflects the personality of people occupying the space. I wish to explain how we can blend tropical interiors with ethnic Indian interiors. Very typically when we scroll down the web we can easily find solutions on tropical homes but not what it looks like when we blend it with Indian interiors, hence the need to explain how it is crafted.

The Key Elements Of Indo Tropical Interior Design Comprise The Use Of Natural Materials Like

  1. BAMBOO
  2. WOODEN CANE
  3. ROUGH WOOD
  4. ROUGH STONE CLADDINGS
  5. NATURAL TEAK WOOD
  6. NATURAL STONE
  7. NATURAL FABRICS – JUTE / RAW SILK
  8. RAW METAL FINISHES
  9. ROUGH PLASTERED WALLS
  10. BRASS INLAYS
  11. MATT FINISHES FOR SURFACES
  12. INDOOR PLANTS
  13. FLORAL PRINTS
  14. WOODEN POSTS / PILLARS
  15. CARVED WOODEN DETAILS

We will further highlight on how we can team up these elements via examples in 4 rooms.

ROOM 1 – MASTER BEDROOM

KEY ELEMENTS : RAW SILK / VENEER / BRASS

We will further highlight on how we can team up these elements via examples in 4 rooms.

Starting with the master bedroom, we need to keep in mind grandeur of the room as well as sticking to our theme we should keep it simple.

The frame work of design has to be kept as linear as possible, as the material we are finishing the forms in is going to be visually heavy.

To add glamour to the room we can use brass inlays in furniture. Use of veneer is a common element in all rooms so that the space in totality is binded up together. To make the room look more spacious we keep the bed, (practically the heaviest element in the room), detached from the walls and partitions and hence we make use of a 4 poster bed. The bed can be finished in brass, as being in metal the design of the bed can be made sturdy as well as sleek.

Ceiling is the second most attention seeking element in any space. The need of having a level difference in the ceiling is to differentiate between various areas that are covered in the room.

The ceiling can be dressed using raw silk or any other kind of fabric and a brass motif in order to give it character. To have a connection between the ceiling and the room interiors we can repeat the same treatment in a scaled down proportion. Use of proportions is a very important aspect of design when we have a repetition of elements in a space.  In the bedroom, I choose fabric as a binding element as it gets coziness to the space.

ROOM 1 – MASTER BEDROOM

KEY ELEMENTS : RAW SILK / VENEER / BRASS

Self-design fabric to be used, also, the scale of design on the fabric is directly proportional to the scale of the canvas used.

Colour pallets play a very important role in designing a space. We use neutral tones like no1. For the positive parts of the ceiling and like no.2 for the walls.

Shades like no 8 and no 9 can be a reference tones for the veneers to be used. Curtains can be matched with no 3 or no 4, whereas the accent fabric can be selected in lighter tones of no 7 . Specifically, pastels of no 7 if the area of application is a huge canvas. The colour tones get further explained with lookalike textures and finishes through the above attached mood board.

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF INDO TROPICAL DESIGN :

  1. Design to be kept as simple as possible using linear forms.
  2. Preferably use of light colour floor.
  3. Use of earthy colors
  4. Fabrics with Indian prints preferably to match brass inlay finish
  5. Brass inlay to have Indian design
  6. 4 poster beds to be used preferably keeping in mind the circulation space.
  7. Indoor plantations
  8. Big openings and cross ventilation
  9. If using fabric as a highlighting element one must not use a dark colour on the rest of the walls or a wallpaper.

ROOM 2 – CHILDRENS BEDROOM

KEY ELEMENTS : TROPICAL FABRIC / VENEER / BRASS

As we start with children’s bedroom or  we can put it as bedroom 2, as the  trends in design have evolved over a  period of time, in today times good  design is a timeless design and hence we  will not concentrate on highlighting  any such element that will overpower  the rest elements in the space or  typically define the space by obvious  “kiddish” elements.

The frame work of design is kept linear, as well as adding curves in one segment of the space to break the monotony in design. We are using the back of the bed as a primary feature element. The bed back panel is cushioned using a tropical print fabric. This looks like a fixed fabric on the panel but isn’t. The most important feature in any design is how it can be kept the way it is made, time over time and hence the panel is cushioned and fixed with a fabric with a zipped cover put on the panel. This is the only tropically enforced element in the bedroom. In case we feel there is a need to give the room a makeover we can simply change in this fabric cover.

To add in glamour to the bedroom we are adding brass in 2 elements in the room. Primarily on to the sides of the wall panels and its connectors, secondarily on the 2nd feature element wall.

As the bed-back has such a strong element, walls are preferred to be kept plain and simple. Moving to the second feature element of the bedroom, which has to be subtle than the print.

This element can be a feature that defines the person occupying in the room.

ROOM 2 – CHILDRENS BEDROOM

KEY ELEMENTS : TROPICAL FABRIC / VENEER / BRASS

For instance, incase it is a children’s bedroom we can have metal aeroplanes or incase of girl’s bedroom we can have feminine elements like butterflies.  The shape and form completely depends on a personal choice of an individual.  These are the elements that sum up the bedroom.

Moving on the walk-in wardrobe area (if we have a separate area or the area can be demarcated). Like we have listed the items earlier in about tropical design we are making use of wooden cane on shutters of the wardrobe.

Wooden cane is a handcrafted  material, hence we can use the material  multiple times in a residence but we  should also bear in mind to use the  same with different patterns. Also, in order to protect the material, we will be covering wooden cane with an extra clear glass.

TIPS :

  • While using any such elements we must bear in mind to protect as we’ll as highlight the element. Hence in such cases we can either cover them with glass (extra clear, so that the green film that a regular glass has doesn’t change the colour of the material) or a polymer spray coat on the material.
  • Any fancy element or feature we use  in a space with overpowering prints  has to be kept removable or can be  changed.
  • While highlighting the bed-back we must keep in mind to give it a full attention, hence the bed must have minimal solid elements as possible

“INDO- TROPICAL DESIGN, AN INNOVATION OR AN EXPLORATION”

Design themes and forms are all subsequently similar to one another. A theme is defined from how the forms are finished in a particular space, it’s all about getting things together the correct way and having the confidence of setting a trend through our expression.

DESIGN SIMPLE BUT SIGNIFICANT”

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