Don't wait for good weather to bring a touch of sunshine to your home, India's design tradition can bring a year-long summer vibe that's as good as any shot of vitamin D!
Exuberance, intricacy, colour and craftsmanship are watchwords for the look, with no surface left unadorned. Take your pick from punched metal lanterns to carved filigree screens, from vivid-coloured textiles to furniture inlaid with bone or mother-of-pearl.
"Don't be put off mixing ethnic-inspired designs with your existing interior scheme," says Lucinda Waterhouse, co-founder of design company OKA. "Look for hand-blocked prints in muted colour tones: the hand-carved wooden blocks are brushed with dye, pressed onto the fabric by hand and colour is built up a shade at a time to create incredibly intricate designs." Savour the little imperfections that arise when something is handmade, because it can bring instant warmth and personality to your interior.
If we are blessed with an Indian summer, extend the look into your garden with printed parasols and pretty metal lanterns. The ultimate indulgence is a traditional canvas tent with a hand-blocked patterned lining, perfect for a romantic supper and waterproof too - we may be spared the monsoon in Britain, but we're very familiar with a bit of drizzle!
£199 from www.ivorypearlinteriors.com
Narlai (left) and Desuri (right) hand-blocked tablecloths, £39 each, www.okadirect.com
Raj tables painted with trailing flowers, £59 each, www.plumo.com
Kishangargh wallpaper by Osborne & Little, £49.35 per roll from www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk
Items shown: bone inlay coffee table, £498; matching side table, £298; bone inlay chair, £215; paisley wool throw, £86.84; paisley cotton cushion covers, £11 each. All from www.btcbydesign.com
Tiffin box (includes four metal plates inside), £65, www.fairwindonline.com
Haveli Jaipur tent, £4,000 from www.indiangardencompany.co.uk
Tabriz P-Lawar rug, £2,980 from www.hillcorugs.com
£44.99 from www.namaste-uk.com
Double bedlinen set, £70, and mohair throws, £50 each, from www.johnlewis.com
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