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 Temples 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 the 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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Have you ever been inspired by something out of the ordinary?