Colours and patterns take centre stage at the ornate Rohet Garh in Jodhpur
The first thing that strikes you about the interiors of Rohet Garh is the abundance of colour used throughout the heritage hotel. Ochre, salmon, cherry red, teal and sea green are used extravagantly and yet, don’t overpower. Take a cue and mellow down large blocks of solid colour with different design features. Some walls feature a soft dapple effect while others feature a break in the colour with the lower portion of the wall in white, giving the effect of a dado rail.
Patterns play a big role in this hotel, found abundantly on Persian carpets, antique furniture, soft furnishings like bedspreads and curtains. It’s also reflected on the walls with simple and intricate murals – this is, after all, a former palace restored as a heritage hotel. Large rooms can easily take on this style but keep your flooring neutral so that the space isn’t visually overpowering.
Tall windows and high arches flood the rooms with natural light. You too can give the impression of height by using full-length curtains for windows and mounting them closer to the ceiling than the window frame. Sleek, longer curtains draw the eye upward making a room look bigger.
Lastly, pay attention to artificial lighting in your rooms. You can emulate what’s done at Rohet Garh by layering light at multiple heights and placing lamps to accentuate architectural features. For a quick guide on learning how to do this, read five ways to go about living room lighting.
The effect of ochre walls has been softened by breaking it with a lower white portion and murals. If you have a high-ceilinged room, use a picture rail to add dimension and draw the eye upward.
Take a cue from this corridor with a cheery feature wall, contrasting alcoves and muted flooring. Multiple accent lights placed along the length of the corridor give it an elongated effect.
If you’re using heavy patterns like the carpet here, let that be the focal point of the room and pare back the rest of the décor with solids or neutrals.
High-ceilinged rooms can also comfortably take on a loft area. However, make sure it is well-ventilated and well-lit.
Keep your curtains floor length even for windows and mount curtain rods closer to the ceiling; this draws the eye up and gives the illusion that the room has high ceilings.