Here’s how to renovate your home to resemble an iconic Indian haveli

You can use this approach to bring some of the charms of the haveli tradition into your space.

Published on Oct 09, 2022   |  11:29 AM IST  |  388.6K
A woman spending time in the courtyard

Havelis provide as evidence of India's illustrious, long architectural legacy. They are the ideal marriage of Indian and Mughal architectural styles and encourage home owners to imitate some of their splendour in their own residences. This process won't be too challenging if you have adequate time, resources, and patience. By making a few little adjustments to your home, you can use this approach to bring some of the charms of the conventional haveli into your space.

A Rajasthani haveli

1. Allow space for murals

You may make your own wall art ideas come to life in a variety of ways. Wall murals, which can be either custom-designed or painted directly onto the wall, give the entire space vitality. A particular kind of classical mural that is painted directly onto wet plaster, allowing the paint to become a permanent component of the surface finish.

2. Decorated floors

The floors of havelis frequently had patterns. That would be a surefire way to learn more about the history of the haveli. Havelis are made primarily of red sandstone or white marble. Purchase these to create a house in the haveli style.

Patterned floors of a courtyard

3. A crucial component of each haveli is its expansive courtyard

The courtyard, or the traditional South Indian "mutram," was designed as the house's focal point. Every place is constructed around this core sphere in one way or another, whether it is through physically passing through it to access other spaces or by being always visible from every angle. At various levels, the living, kitchen, dining, and bedrooms all have a courtyard view. The higher levels are connected by a metal staircase that draws notice.

4. The lace-screen windows

A haveli-style home is kept well-ventilated by decoratively interesting (jharokhas) features. A lot may be learned about Indian culture and heritage from ethnic motifs. They are a requirement for a house built in the haveli style.

The rooftop of an Indian home

Another method to give your modern home the luxury and grandeur of havelis would be to use brightly coloured homespun textiles. These would make lovely curtains and blankets.

Also Read: 5 Tips to blend vibrant colours in your living room for a quick and quirky makeover

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