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This home in Bengaluru plays with understated elegance and vibrant pops of colour

This home in Bengaluru plays with understated elegance and vibrant pops of colour

Exuberant, effervescent, elegant. The 2,000-square-feet Hill Crest Home in Bengaluru weaves comfort, warmth and colour into a compelling narrative ruled by a youthful, upbeat spirit. “Our clients Drushya and Akshay were beacons of positivity and collaborators in the truest sense of the word. They shared a strong passion for contemporary design and trusted us to create a home that was quirky, young, and offset with pops and bursts of colours,” says Kavya Sheth, whose Studio Ruh was entrusted with the task of reviving a bare, lifeless space with crude finishes and an ill-planned layout.

In the living room, ribbed wall panelling prevents the composition from slipping into monotony.

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This home in Bengaluru plays with understated elegance and vibrant pops of colour

The dining table is crafted from a handmade marble top resting upon richly-veined cylindrical marble legs. The credenza in the corner conceals a pooja ghar within.

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Sculpting Space

Sheth and team—project lead Ar. Nirali Ashra, and junior interior designers Ar. Kavya Narayana and Ar. Priyanka Singh—kickstarted the home-making process with spatial re-tailoring. The fragmented kitchen-utility zone with multiple small spaces such as the staff quarters, the utility space, and the washroom was unified into a “gorgeous” large kitchen and a compact home office. Similarly, the team opened out the main washroom and walk-in to create a bigger volume to replace the earlier, fairly tight areas.

“Our primary thought process has always been to study the plan from scratch and rethink the civil alterations to maximize volumes,” says Sheth. “But this case was special. The project’s initiation collided with the onset of the second wave of Covid-19. The first time we saw the site was on camera!”