Homes often serve as an extension of our personality and identity, therefore infusing heritage into our homes plays a vital role in bringing a sense of personalization. Heritage can inspire any home interior, celebrating the cultural roots and staying connected with them. Cultural decor and details bring about warmth and an inviting feel to a home, contributing to rejuvenating experiences. It is significant to carry our culture to the modern era to add depth and character to the home and spark meaningful conversations. In this article, Ar.Nikita Pathak, Founder of Design21, shares some ways to instill heritage in new-age homes.

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Fabrics and Upholsteries

Adding decorative rugs, blankets, or wall accents like tapestries can bring a focal point to a space. An accent wall with traditional art patterns adds a soft, textural tone for a delightful reading nook.  Colourful, patterned rugs can embrace multiple cultures and remain as popular in modern homes retaining the essence of heritage. A piece of furniture(sofa or a table) on an eye-catching rug or a smaller accent piece protects the floor from heavy traffic while also adding a cultural element. Tapestries, wall hangings, and throw blankets are a great way to add a pop of pattern and colour in a time-honoured nod to the culture. Also, heritage-inspired, patterned/embroidered throw pillows for beds, sofas, or porch swings can be included in modern homes.

Artistic touches

Expressive with endless possibilities, art is a fantastic way to show both culture and personality. Classic paintings that depict Indian culture or photographs that embraces heritage can evoke a nostalgic feel in the interior. Hallways or the walls of any room can become a gallery space for artworks, not only displaying your personality but also bringing a sense of ownership to the space. Choosing photo frames that mirror the culture, can also extend an ethnic-inspired flair in homes. From wallpapers and murals to smaller artistic touches on walls and even furnishings that reflect the heritage can instill inspiration. Placing sculptures at strategic focal points of the home also emphasizes the significance of heritage in modern homes.

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Heritage Furniture

Introduce some cultural heritage to any room of your home with furniture pieces that encapsulate your past. Refurbished furniture can instantly add a historical touch to the home. Such furnishings have an added history to cherish, although dressed up with modern touches. Adapting vintage furniture in modern homes is an increasingly popular trend that stays today. Within our living spaces as well, vintage furniture stands bold and makes a statement about our personality. Vintage furniture can blend heritage with modernity, simultaneously creating highly individualistic spaces. These statement pieces create an ambience of their own with the intention to transport you to a different era, lending a different aesthetic to the living spaces.

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Cultural artifacts

Artifacts are often seen as symbolic of cultural settings and reflect a deeper meaning. Artifacts as home decor often tend to express the cultural or historical interests of the homeowners. Adding artifacts can not only introduce decorative elements to the home ambience but can also make some space for an artistic reminiscence of cultural history. Some artifacts are created with a modern touch, also retaining the traditional essence in an appealing- gesture. Artifacts gathered from local contexts can be given a modern appeal by simply playing with forms, figures, and shapes. It is quite simple and easy to install these creative pieces in your rooms and spruce up the ambience with the spirit of heritage.

Showcasing the heritage in your home, whether through artworks, artifacts, or furniture, adds a flair to your home decor while presenting the opportunity to share your customs and traditions and keep your cultural roots alive. Craft your own cultural haven at home, with these ideas, as you cherish your heritage while experiencing the present.


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