Home interiors, Muted colour palette, Home decor, French Design, Contemporary design, Indian design, Crown mouldings, Kashmiri carpets, Coffered ceilings, Prerna Khaitan Agarwal, The Design Storey

A subdued colour palette works its magic at this serene Hyderabad home

The Design Storey fashions a contemporary space that is high on details

Prerna Khaitan Agarwal of The Design Storey had a vision for this particular project. She wanted it to reflect “modernity in tradition”.  To achieve this look, she paired modern French vibes with contemporary design principles, and added a dimension of traditional Indian styles. The French aesthetic comes through in the armoires, settee, chesterfield sofa, crystal chandelier, coffered ceilings, wainscoting and crown mouldings. Contemporary design principles are seen in the taupe, cream, milky white, chocolate brown and tone-on-tone colour palette; concrete-finish walls and unembellished furniture. The heirloom handcrafted wooden pieces and Kashmiri carpets add a traditional context and richness to the storytelling.

“This was a challenging project to work on because of the specific brief of the client, the different preferences and penchants of each member of their family, and a tight budget,” says Agarwal. However, these constraints forced her to be more creative. She repurposed some pieces from the client’s previous house, like the study table, which she re-polished and attached to the showcase unit; the book cabinet in the family room to which she added more detailing, height and colour; the crockery unit armoire (formerly a bookcase) to which she added drawers, height and a cool silver finish; and the arm chairs in the master bedroom, which were given a face-lift with new wicker woven onto them and their seats reupholstered.

Agarwal states that she is always curious to explore how different materials and textures can be used together in new ways to create a novel, yet cohesive whole. For example, the wrought iron and concrete side table with attached bedside light in the son’s room was counter-intuitive for an indoor space, yet it complemented the industrial theme of the room very well. Similarly, the four-poster bed in the daughter’s room, the dining table’s precious stone marble top, the customised oriental wallpaper, art-deco inspired dresser and side-tables with crystal handles in the master bedroom, were all intentionally designed and chosen by her to create a stimulating contrast, while maintaining congruency and fluidity between spaces.

For Agarwal, great design and timeless luxury are not only about appearance, but also about the quality of materials and workmanship, value for money, ergonomics and functionality, along with ease of maintenance. That’s what makes a happy client and, ultimately, a happy designer, she says.

Project details
Name of the project: Mellacheruvu Residence
Location: Hyderabad
Build-up area: 4,395 sq-ft
Date of completion: January 2020



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