Ethnic Style Theme for Residence - Mood board

22nd Nov 2017

In today's fast changing world, it's true to say that trends keeps on changing day by day. This is particularly true in the interior designing world. However, the "Ethnic Design Theme" in Interior Design will never lose its existence. The Ethnic Design Concept includes wide areas of designs. The theme can vary from a warm cozy feel to a festive mood. 


In India, the Ethnic Design Theme has many variants. There are many exotic, interesting and complex decor styles to work with. 

There are certain key aspects to keep in mind while designing Indian Ethnic Style Homes:

  1. Vibrant Colors
  2. Use of Wooden Furniture
  3. Handicrafts
  4. Interesting Wall Decor

This mood board is created keeping the following keywords in mind:

An ethnic Indian inspired theme is never complete without the use of warm, bright colors and detailed designs. Warm colors basically in the shades of reds, oranges and yellows are often used in Indian Homes in many innovative ways.

The Ethnic Design Theme can have varied color palettes. 

  • Golden with warm color tones of red and yellow

  • Golden with dark color tones of beige and orange

  • Brown with dark color tones of green and yellow

  • Yellow with light shades of off white and indigo

The entrance to your house is the first and last thing that your guests see. The entrance becomes the first contact that someone has with your personal space. You should have a front door that is styled in unique and interesting way while making sure that it is sync with the interior design if your home. Certain aspects to keep in mind while designing ethnic style home entrances are that the color palette should be the doors should be wooden which can be intricately carved to give a traditional look. A lighter and brighter color palette works well for entrances. Lighting is a key aspect here. To make it stand out, small potted plants can be used to give a fresh look. 

Door in dark walnut brown & artistic golden art with a hint of aqua blue in wall murals

Door in dark walnut brown & artistic golden art in semi-circular sort of shape

Entrance in wooden designs with concealed LED lighting on wall & false-ceiling

Installation of ample of green plants near the entrance for fresh and natural feel

Shoe racks/cabinets in dark walnut brown with artistic white and golden wall murals

Reference for Indian style traditional toran to be hanged on the door jamb


Living rooms are areas where your family and guests get together. It's important to have an arrangement of furniture that brings a sense of space and comfort. These should be spaces that should not only be functional but also warm and inviting. You can give an ethnic flair to your living room by adding sofa's and ottoman with good Indian design prints and colors. Nested tables, swings and benches are also great elements to add to the space. Another element that adds an extra traditional look and feel are Indian pattern and motifs wallpapers 

Luxurious ethnic style living room with purple velvet fabric cladding on golden wall murals

Traditional style living room with patterned motif decals as wallpaper and wooden swing

Traditional style living room with minimalist wooden seating, tables and swing

Traditional style living room with minimalist wooden seating

Traditional style living room with minimalist wooden tables and swing


References for minimalist wooden swing design

References for traditional style wooden swing design

References for traditional style wooden swing design

Kitchen styles come in many varieties and you must have a strong idea about how you’d like your new kitchen to look. There are many fun and funky kitchens with bright colors but you need to design it based on the kitchen space available. Think about what sort of kitchen would be appropriate for the style/age of your home. Knowing how important kitchens are, they should be designed in such a way that it will make the person working in it feel comfortable. It doesn’t have to be really expensive to look beautiful. 


Modular kitchen in walnut brown laminate finish, olive green wall tiles & milky galaxy granite counter-top

Modular kitchen in antique cherry brown laminate finish, grey mosaic wall tiles & black galaxy granite counter-top

Modular kitchen traditional style storage cabinets in maple brown laminate finish, white wall tiles & milky galaxy granite counter-top

Modular kitchen traditional arches style storage cabinets in cranberry red finish & milky galaxy granite counter-top

Modular kitchen traditional style storage cabinets in whitewash finish & country pine color counter-top

Modular kitchen traditional style storage cabinets in white finish & country pine color counter-top

If there’s one zone where the whole family comes together despite their busy schedules, it’s the dining room.Your dining room should be designed to make it lively and comfortable. Start with adding color, pattern, texture or prints to the walls. It can transform the space instantly.

Wooden dining table with fabric finish chairs and wooden finish drop false-ceiling with suspended lighting over the table top for ethnic and elegant ambiance

Traditional style wooden dining table with fabric finish seats on chairs, wooden crockery unit and chandelier for ethnic and elegant ambiance

Traditional style wooden dining table with fabric finish seats on chairs and wooden crockery unit for ethnic and elegant ambiance

Traditional style dining table with fabric finish chairs, glass top and pattern motifs wall decals for ethnic and elegant ambiance

Traditional style wooden dining table with fabric finish seats on chairs

Traditional style wooden dining table with fabric finish seats on chairs

References for traditional style wooden crockery unit

When considering the design of your bedroom, it’s important to keep in mind both aesthetics and functionality. If storage is a primary concern, it is important to integrate the right cupboards and wardrobes into your design. Before buying furniture for your bedroom, you need to decide some factors like wall color, or bedroom wallpaper, and the type of flooring that you want. Try to choose a color that will help you create a calm atmosphere and also compliment well with your bedroom furniture. The lighting needs to be chosen wisely as well because a very bright bedroom is not soothing enough, whereas a room with insufficient lighting will hinder activities such as bedtime reading. Accessories add the perfect finishing touch to bedroom designs.

Wooden bed with leather finish headboard, decals on mirror for bed side tables and wooden finish drop false-ceiling over the bed for ethnic and elegant ambiance

Wooden bed with concealed LED lighting beneath giving floating effect, laser-cut wooden headboard extended to the false-ceiling and mirrors along bed side shelves

Wooden bed with leather & fabric finish headboard and artistic ethnic style bed side tables

Wooden bed with white leather finish headboard in artistic ethnic style in golden tone

Artistic ethnic style laser-cut wooden arch over headboard to give classic touch

Artistic ethnic style wooden bed with bedside seating and chandelier to give classic touch

Luxurious exotic look and feel of round wooden bed with leather finish headboard

Look and feel of ethnic style wooden bed in the corner area

Look and feel of ethnic style wooden bed with minimalist play of decor design

Look and feel of ethnic style bed with fabric canopy in wooden framing on outer edges

Before taking up the challenge of designing your child’s room reflect on their personality, tastes and desires. Children’s own input and ideas should be encouraged and welcomed. As well as carefully considering functionality such as essential storage space for toys and belongings, ensure to incorporate stimulating and fun elements. Be brave with bold bright colors, funky patterns and eclectic children’s bedroom furniture. From creating comfy seating areas for naps and quiet games to energetic climbing walls, indoor slides and using children’s cabin beds to create a special space for bedtime cosiness. While effective use of lively murals, children’s wall stickers and starry night ceiling lighting can kindle your child’s imagination.

Furniture references for concealed wooden bedding for kids bedroom in ethnic style

Furniture reference for ethnic style wooden bedding for kids bedroom

Furniture reference for ethnic style wooden bed with small reading corner beneath

Furniture reference for ethnic style wooden bed with reading corner & dressing beneath

Furniture reference for ethnic style folding wooden bed on wall to create spacious area for kids to play around hurdle-free

Furniture reference for ethnic style wooden couch with bookshelves on either sides

Prayer rooms or mandirs are an integral part of Indian homes. But when it comes to revamping the decor of the house, they are often neglected. People fail to smoothly transition from traditional mandir designs to something more modern. This makes it an eyesore as it clashes with the rest of the house.

Furniture reference for prayer room in brown mahogany laminate finish

Furniture reference for prayer room with slight play of concealed lighting

Furniture reference for prayer room in brown mahogany and country pine laminate finish

Furniture reference for prayer room in rosewood laminate finish

Furniture reference for prayer room in rosewood laminate finish

While designing your bathroom, it’s a good idea to think about certain key aspects like size, the colors to be used, location of features like sink, shower or bath and the use of natural (or artificial) light. If you children use the bathroom you need to be careful about the use of cleaning agents and other chemicals. Also it is a good idea to add decorative wallpaper or accessories to keep costs low and maintain the aesthetics.

References for ethnic style washrooms in minimalist décor design

References for ethnic style washrooms in artistic décor design

Furniture reference in wooden finish for balcony in ethnic style

Installations of vertical garden, wooden swing and pebbles in wooden flooring for balcony

Furniture reference for TV unit with pattern motifs on antique oak laminate finish

Furniture reference for laminate finish TV unit with floral pattern wallpaper as backdrop

Furniture reference for laminate finish TV unit with pattern motifs on the backdrop

Furniture reference for corian finish TV unit with floral pattern wallpaper on backdrop

Furniture references for ethnic style wooden bookshelves for study room

Furniture reference for ethnic style wooden bookshelf for study room

Furniture reference for fish tank installation in room dividing walls

References for ethnic style wall clocks

References for ethnic style artifacts

References for ethnic style shelves

References for ethnic style wall murals

References for ethnic style wind chimes