The warm, cosy and neat interiors help create the perfect family nest
A Pune-based design firm, The Design Story, fashioned the interiors of this 1,600-square-feet, 4BHK apartment in Hyde Park, Market Yard, Pune. The family of four—parents and two sons—wanted the home to be neat, functional, easy-to-maintain and aesthetically-pleasing. “We went for a modern and contemporary concept along with minimalistic furniture, muted ceilings, soft and ambient lighting. A neutral colour scheme has been followed in the décor along with shades and tints of various beautiful and fresh colours,” share Gaurav and Yogita Oswal, the firm’s principal designers.
Space for Storage
The clients wanted ample amount of storage with certain specific requirements like a separate store room for food and a shoe rack that accommodates 70-80 pairs of footwear, both of which have been provided. Storage has been given underneath the beds as well. The existing common wall between two bedrooms has been removed and replaced with a sandwich partition (made of plywood on both sides with an aluminium section in between, filled with glass wool and featuring suitable exterior finishes). This has been done in order to incorporate hidden storage adjacent to the wardrobe in the bedroom. The beds have been cushioned to avoid injuries owing to sharp edges. Appropriate lighting fixtures were chosen for the apartment depending on the nature of the spaces, including cove lighting in certain areas to avoid direct glare.
The dining and living room exude elegance through marble and veneer finishes, layered with sophisticated furnishings. This space is flooded with natural light throughout the day, creating a cheerful ambience. White Statuario marble dominates the flooring and continues over the T.V. unit wall. Black acrylic strips within the grooves grant a visual distinction of each individual marble panel on this wall. The other walls are clad in veneer panels, lending a sense of warmth. The Italian marble top dining table paired with beige coloured chairs complement the pendant lights above, that are embellished with planters, adding a hint of greenery.
The kitchen features elegant materials and sleek finishes—shutters in lacquered laminate, peacock blue dado tiles and fusion pearl granite for the kitchen platform. The mustard coloured overhead storage shelf offers a subtle shade of contrast within the space.
Maintaining consistency, the statuario marble flooring continues into the bedrooms. “The bedrooms were very compact so we added mirrors with minimalistic furniture and limited colour combinations have been used to avoid chaos,” say Gaurav and Yogita. The master bedroom draws on a combination of grey and mystique blue with a burst of orange emanating from the artwork on the bed back wall. While one son’s bedroom exudes contrasting shades of Prussian blue, yellow and grey, the other son’s bedroom exhibits a soothing flamingo pink paired with Carolina blue and grey. A small temple has been designed in the guest room where a peach coloured bed stands out pleasantly against the relatively more subdued colour scheme of the room.
The designers have fulfilled all of their clients’ requirements, giving careful attention to the aspect of functionality and everyday use of the spaces, without compromising on the aesthetics.