7 ways to add old world charm to your Indian homes

India is a melting pot for culture and traditions. It has a distinct and unique style when it comes to interior designs and furnishings. Old school Indian homes are rich in history and ancestral heritage. Indian homes, although each unique in their own ways, has some typical qualities and interiors that give off that old world charm. With open spaces like verandas, natural lighting, high rise ceilings, vintage brass, metal ornaments and rare family heirlooms, you can incorporate this rich heritage into your homes for effervescent and meaningful living spaces.

While traditional and vintage have distinct personalities of their own, pulling them off with modern and contemporary interiors is very much possible and blends well too.

Indian homes will give you a vivid blend of colors, textures, materials and natural and efficient materials and fabrics that you can find nowhere else.


Its old-world charm is limitless and a blend of classic architecture, art, history and local handmade products that will provide the ultimate vintage interior décor looks.

There is nothing like the beauty of an original structure and building that has an organic character and classic natural building materials that posit a wholesome appeal. This article is for the old contemplative souls that want depth and a blend of multiple textures and furnishings to fulfil their dream of vintage and old school home interiors.

Here are some of the ways you can add that old world charm to your Indian homes that have leapt across time to give the most wholesome interiors and décor.




India has the most mesmerizing and beautiful collection of original silk and cotton handwoven fabrics that have been restored in our homes in the form of Kanchivaram sarees or Kalamkari prints, Phulkari embroidery or Paithani weaves. These fabrics can be repurposed as wall hangings or clothed or fabric walls in an empty wall that will certainly add both texture and pop of bright beautiful colors to our interiors. These fabrics can very well be pulled off in modern households as well, by adding neutral-toned walls and minimalist textures into our furniture. If you want to truly refurbish your homes into that old world charm, you can utilize these fabrics to make drapes or curtains, cushion or sofa covers or as fabric murals and patchwork rugs or bedsheets.



Our kitchenware and utensils are made from materials that were available during ancient civilizations as well. These reflect the reflection of products that have been passed on with time and generations. These could include Brass, Metal, bronze and cane incorporated utensils. You can add these utensils in your old ornaments vintage collection whether on a bookshelf or dressing table drawers to reflect antiquity and elegance. Utilizing these pots or pans as placeholders for other magnum opus or plants can make them an excellent storing material.



Indian vintage furniture often includes Maharaja beds, dewans, sofa chairs, carved wooden side tables and old almirahs often made from teak or oak wood. The furniture is made from natural building material thus making them strong and durable that withstand time’s wear and tear. The Indian Vintage Furniture essentially is made from different qualities and types of wood like teak, pine, Sheesham, Mahogany etc. that gives it a classic rustic appeal and is beautifully carved out or polished to make the most excellent and enduring furniture for your homes. From pastel-colored sofas to old rocking chairs made from cane, these additions uplift your interiors and add a lot of character and definition into the spaces. From incorporating bamboo beds or dining table sets to light floral wallpapers with incandescent lighting can make your interiors take a traditional route.




Lighting plays an important part in your houses to give off a certain aesthetic look to your interiors. Indian traditional vintage lighting includes the very grand and beautiful Jhoomers or chandeliers that give the ultimate standoff look to your living rooms. Indian lighting includes hanging ceiling pendant lamps, metal antique wall lamps with rims of bronze that is a conventional material often utilized in various Indian kitchenware and furniture. Bronze and glass cut light chandeliers and lamps are placed in the hallways or side by side lighting style that gives a light yellow hue. Typical Indian vintage lamps are recognized by the material they have incorporated which could be either bronze, brass or copper.




It would be convenient to bring out the old clock hangings and ornamental vintage mirrors. These ornaments have the vintage charm made from oxidized brass and copper material. If the clocks don't work, remove the clock hands and hang it as a magnum opus in your interiors. You can buy ornamental carved framed mirrors at your local flee market that give off rustic and homely. The classic charm old ornaments like a mirror or watch have should not be overlooked. Mirrors can be installed in brighter rooms that can reflect light and give a unique look to your rooms.





Handwoven rugs and carpets are typical of any Indian home interior. These intricate textures materials are some of the easiest ways that you can install a vintage interior look. Indian Rugs and carpets come in various colors, sizes and shapes. They enhance the room through their vibrant color scheme. Rugs look best in modern and contemporary stylized homes and can be flexibly utilized in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms or any common room of your house. One thing about Indian vintage design is that it can be as grandeur as it can be minimalistic. Therefore choosing the right rug and carpets will change the aesthetics of your rooms and create a very coming together of all elements and textures to your interiors. Create a sense of elegance and wholesome décor with wool, cotton or silk blends in the rug and carpet design.





Indian wooden furniture and magnum opus posit wonderful intricately detailed furniture. Doors and side tables are some of the furniture pieces that could make up an excellent vintage-looking interior or exteriors décor. Doors are the gateways to our homes. Hand-carved wooden doors and tables make a sense of belonging to our culture and deliver unique looks.

Console or side tables in the empty spaces make extra comfortable seating and give a different design pattern to your interiors. Putting an Indian Jhoola or swing in your houses will create a splendor interior installation. From wooden fans to carved wooden spoons all can be incorporated into your vintage old-world charm.

OVERALL THOUGHTS while including an old school charm in your Indian homes, you can look back at the materials you already possess like your grandmother’s saree or an old wall clock that can be incorporated in the most creative ways to bring back the old school vintage charm. Indian interiors generally give a grand appeal therefore keeping the walls in light and warm-hued color palette and lighting also in warmer shades of yellow will make your rooms calmer and exude a regal look. Old floral patterned wallpapers or hand embroidered cushion fabric provides textures to an otherwise minimalistic home.


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