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Modern Vernacular Design : Incorporating Rural Context in Modern Interior Design


The vernacular design uses local forms of creations and elements that are derived from the surrounding regions, using indigenous material and traditional design throughout. These design practices and ideologies have sustained the passage of time. Even today, they teach us many lessons in the design approach.


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The vernacular design could be said to be the beginning of architecture and interior design. People built traditional buildings in the early years while keeping the climatic conditions, availability of materials, cost, durability, and other important factors in mind.


However, with technological advancements, the true essence of a place’s traditional design style is fading drastically. Here, we will discuss how we can incorporate the rural context in modern interior design to create an earthy and natural feel to your home.


1. Jali Patterns :


Jalis are multi-functional elements in vernacular design that are being widely used in modern designs. The varying patterns, shapes, and materials in jails are particularly suited to Indian homes. They are great for controlling excess sunlight from entering and cutting down the heat without compromising the ventilation in the space.

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2. Exposed Brick Walls :


Nothing spells vernacular design better than exposed brick walls. These walls give an unmistakable charm to both the exterior and interior of a house. Exposed brick wall comes in a variety of colors such as reddish-brown, rusty-brown, and orange-hued. These walls add contrast to a contemporary design. Exposed brick walls have several benefits, including reducing the costs of plastering and painting.

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3. Wooden Ceiling and Flooring :


Among all the types of ceiling and flooring designs, wood gives the most vernacular vibe with its rusty and earthy aesthetics. With its natural texture and charming style, you can use wood to warm up any space in your house. They are good heat insulators, require low maintenance, and provide amazing soundproofing. Not only that wood is a sustainable material and is extremely durable, making it a perfect vernacular material.

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4. Courtyard with Pitched Roof Verandahs :


It can be said that the courtyard is the heart of a house that connects all its spaces. Surrounding the courtyard with pitched rood verandahs adds an interesting look to the internal spaces of your house. Due to its unusual shape, a pitched roof can transform a pergola into a highly functional and attractive outdoor living area.


5. Pictorial Motifs :


Pictorial motifs are great for historical references to bring them into contemporary homes in India. They can be designed in a way that complements the modern ambiance.



The main purpose behind incorporating the rural context into modern contemporary designs isn’t solely for aesthetics. All the vernacular elements come with a set of benefits. Vernacular architecture is vast and diverse and has endless possibilities.


A modern house that doesn’t lack aesthetics is something we see almost every day. But to add energy efficiency and sustainability with a hint of regional and earthy touch adds a distinct charm to your house.



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