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Taking a trip to India can be nothing but inspirational.

A visit to the land of maharajas, medieval forts, palaces and festivals, Rajasthan is the jewel in India’s crown. What we would call a boldly courageous use of colour, is simply the everyday in India. Colour, texture and a rich history weave a beautiful tapestry of ideas and colour that are sure to inspire... Amber creates three looks to get you inspired…

The gallery room

This look is inspired by the sitting rooms or gallery rooms I saw in the palaces - rooms to wander through and admire the beauty of the detailed artworks. The palette was inspired by all the beautiful flowers in India, the many Bougainvillea, Marigold and explosion of colour at the flower markets.

Inspired by sitting rooms and gallery rooms
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Ideas to steal

Indian inspired lounge India inspired mood board
Indian mood board India inspired lounge with gallery wall
Mood board: Moroccan slippers, Madder & Rouge. A4 drawdown paint swatches from left in Resene Japonica and Resene Wax Flower. Photos of India, City Palace Udaipur and rooftop garden, stylist’s own. Soapstone dish and vessel, from Asili. Floral throw, stylist’s own treasure from India. Room with daybed: View "List B" for colours and accessories.

List A – colours & accessories: Wall and pots painted in Resene Wax Flower, skirting in Resene japonica. Indian Shutters, Madder & Rouge. ‘I Need You Here With Me’ 900x900mm, acrylic on canvas, by Carmel Van Der Hoeven, Turua Gallery. Killick floor rug, 2x3m, Freedom Furniture.

List B – colours & accessories: Wall and pots painted in Resene Wax Flower, skirting in Resene Japonica. Moroccan slippers, Madder & Rouge. Arch room divider in Blush, Made of Tomorrow. Rattan daybed, Me and My Trend. Killick floor rug, 2x3m, Freedom Furniture.

On wall clockwise from top left: Floral painting, by Georgina Hoby Scutt. Flower Markets, India, Amber Armitage. ‘I Need You Here With Me’ 900 x 900mm acrylic on canvas by Carmel Van Der Hoeven, Turua Gallery. “Eva” (right) and “Dovi”, oil on board, 380 x 300mm, by Kirstin Carlin, courtesy of Melanie Roger Gallery. ‘Rising” 340 x 340, oil on canvas, Selena Kitchen. Floral painting, by Georgina Hoby Scutt. Untitled on canvas, Selena Kitchen.

On day bed: (left) Maison Levy cushion, Madder & Rouge. ‘Canvas’ fabric in Nude by Mokum, James Dunlop Textiles. Brass cup, bell and plate, and floral throw, stylist’s own treasure from India.


This look is inspired by the ‘old world’ India, and an old coffee house that we visited. It is a nod to the slower times, the village life and the everyday routines that are so important - like the roadside morning Chai.

The palette was inspired by the earthy clay of the Amber Fort and the dusty villages we visited, always being welcomed into people’s humbles homes for a Chai. The photo of cross-legged man was at his home after we were welcomed in.

Inspired by earthy clays
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Ideas to steal

Coffee house room Old world coffee house mood board
Mood board coffee house Bring old world charm to your home with this look
Mood board: A4 drawdown paint swatches from left in Resene Cumin and Resene Whiskey Sour. Kilim runner; Flotsam and Jetsam. Large jug (left) and modern bud vase, Tony Sly. Photos of India, Cross legged Man (left) and Amber Fort, Rajasthan. 50 x 50cm Marmoleum Modular flooring in Black Hole, Forbo Flooring Solutions. Perfume bottle and bracelets, stylist’s own treasure from India.  Two-toned wall: View "List B" for colours and accessories.

List A – colours & accessories: Wall painted in Resene Cumin (bottom half) and Resene Whiskey Sour with Resene Cashmere dry brushed over the top. Rhys Entertainment Unit in Natural Teak, Freedom Furniture. From left: Metal photo frame, H&M. Large jug, Tony Sly. Vintage Earthenware crocks, handmade pottery jug; Flotsam and Jetsam. Modern bud vase, Tony Sly. All else stylist’s own.

List B – colours & accessories: Wall painted in Resene Cumin (bottom half) and Resene Whiskey Sour with Resene Cashmere dry brushed over the top. 50 x 50cm Marmoleum Modular flooring in Black Hole, Forbo Flooring Solutions. Rhys Entertainment Unit in Natural Teak, Freedom Furniture.

From left: Metal photo frame. Large jug, Tony Sly. Vintage Earthenware crocks, lidded and unlidded; Handmade pottery jug; Repurposed vintage stair balustrade candle sticks, beeswax candles; all from Flotsam and Jetsam. Modern bud vase, Tony Sly. Kilim runner; Kilim cushion; and Vintage foot stool, Old brass preserving pan (on floor), all from Flotsam and Jetsam. Maison Levy cushion, (on chair) 50 x 30cm; Madder & Rouge. All else stylist’s own.


This look is inspired by the extravagant high end hotel bars and parlours and is just calling for you to take a seat and pour an Aperol. The palette was inspired by the chalky blue tones of palace rooms and the exquisite hotel bars.

Hotel inspired crisp blues and whites
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Ideas to steal

Blues and whites tones Hotel inspired blues and whites mood board
Hotel inspired blues and whites mood board Panel walls, wallpaper and decorative linework
Mood board: A4 drawdown paint swatches from left in Resene Bismark and Resene Moby and Resene Wallpaper Collection 433234. Photos of India, City Palace Udaipur (left) and 50 x 50cm Marmoleum Modular flooring in colours Stardust and Black Hole, Forbo Flooring Solutions. Olive bowl in Milk, Tony Sly.  Panelled room: View "List B" for colours and accessories.

List A– Wall in Resene Moby and details in Resene Alabaster. Wallpaper panels in Resene Wallpaper Collection 433234. 50 x 50cm Marmoleum Modular flooring in colours Stardust and Black Hole, Forbo Flooring Solutions. Arch Lean Mirror in Pale Grey, Fold Arch Planter Box in White, Made Of Tomorrow.

List B – Wall in Resene Moby and details in Resene Alabaster. Wallpaper panels in Resene Wallpaper Collection 433234. 50 x 50cm Marmoleum Modular flooring in colours Stardust and Black Hole, Forbo Flooring Solutions. Fold Arch Planter Box in White, Made Of Tomorrow.

From left: Podio side table (left) Pila Accent table side table, both from Freedom Furniture. Bud vase in milk, Tony Sly. Fleur de Lys Light Blue Glass tumbler, set of 4; Maison Levy Flamingo cushion, 50 x 30cm; Hand printed cotton light shade, all from Madder & Rouge. Stella chairs in Petrol Blue velvet, Me & My Trend.

Styling by Amber Armitage. Photography by Wendy Fenwick. 2018


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