Divine Inspiration

Did you ever think you could design a room inspired by something as undesirable as feet? Well, let’s just say that when the feet belong to one of the most revered beings on Earth, inspiration can come surprisingly easily.

I took this picture of Buddha’s feet when visiting the Dambulla Cave Templesย in Sri Lanka. At the time, I thought how beautiful they were decorated in gold leaf, varying hues of red & orange and mandala-like flowers so eloquently drawn but in the back of my mind I knew these feet could eventually become a source of inspiration.




Instead of using the obvious red & orange colors, I decided to use theย gold leaf texture and patina finish of the feet to design this dining/living space. The original art work above the fireplace cites some Buddhist-influenced concepts such as love and devotion taking an emotional aspect of an object rather than a literal aspect for inspiration.

Also, the Asian-inspired turquoise sideboard marries well with the turquoise in the metallic finish of the fireplace – creating seamless flow and keeping in line with the Buddha zen-like theme. And, of course, no design inspired by Buddha is complete without a statue of the ever-so-wise Sage.




When designing a space inspired by a specific concept – in this case Buddha – adding just one or two elements of the said inspirational object is suffice. If you have a penchant for all things Buddha, then I suggest concentrating your collection on just one wall (possibly using shelving for objects) letting it be a focal point. Try not to go all-out, over the top on a theme – that tends to render a space more tacky than designed.

Here are some other items that can be used to create a similar design but, this time, inspired by the natural hues of orange and red of Buddha’s feet. As mentioned above, the Buddha painting is the only element making reference to the inspiration. The rest of the items were chosen based on their finishes and textures similar to Buddha’s feet but with a much less traditional look.







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  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    Now the feet are really cool. I see why they inspired you.

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    Hi Shreya! Thank you so much – glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    Buddhist temples are very calming and peaceful and the architecture is mind-blowing!

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    Thank you so much! Those feet were an easy inspiration. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    Thank you so much! Yes temples can be very inspiring in so many different ways. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    Hi Ariana! Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you visit Sri Lanka one day – it’s a wonderful country with so much to offer and Sri Lankans are the nicest people ever!

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    Hi Anosa! Thank you so much! I believe inspiration can come from anything and everything if you have a creative mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

    It does look like henna! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great example of how a truly creative mind sees inspiration in anything around!

  • Janine Good

    What a beautiful and symbolic place. I would love to go to Sri Lanka. It seems to tick all the boxes for a great destination with faith being one of them.

    • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

      Hi Janine! Sri Lanka really surprised me – it’s become one of my favorite countries. Hope you get to visit one day – Sri Lankans are so welcoming!

  • I love this! I remember visiting that temple too, years ago. It’s incredible the sense of calm and peace you feel there. Wonderful photos!

  • I wouldn’t normally see feet as a decoration piece but I can see how those feet make a look unique. Rich colors and a unique perspective!

  • This article is really cool. I have bookmarked it. Do you allow
    guest posting on your blog ? I can write hi quality posts for you.

    Let me know.

    • Lydia

      Hi Gregory! Glad you enjoyed this article! Not accepting guest posts for now but maybe one day. ๐Ÿ™‚