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Traditional accents add warmth to this contemporary apartment


Interiors and décor lend character to any space. Every aspect of décor, from the lighting to the furniture, adds a different facet to the space but it is attention to small details that makes a space unique.

One such space is this 2250 sq ft apartment in Bangalore, which has been designed by Vinita Chaitanya. The interior designer has provided the owners a modern, practical space with a traditional touch by banking on fine, intricate detailing.

"I spend time to understand the owners' brief, learn about their lifestyle and then allow the space to inspire me. I also try to infuse a feeling of calm and serenity into the spaces I design," says Chaitanya, proprietrix of Prism.

In this apartment, Chaitanya started out by expanding the public spaces so the owners could entertain.

For instance, she has turned the third bedroom into a family space and opened up the kitchen such that the living, dining and family area now form a continuous plan. Chaitanya has interspersed traditional motifs in the wallpaper and accessories throughout the apartment.


The apartment opens in the public spaces with the living room occupying the central position. A sliding door can be moved in place to partition the family space from the living and dining area.

Adjacent to the living room is the dining and kitchen. The contrasting theme and the tabletop vie for attention with a contemporary Schonbek chandelier. The designer has created an open kitchen to accommodate the owners' request for a cooking space that would double up as a family zone.

"The white, lacquered kitchen blends with the chairs in the dining. A white-on-white colour palette runs through the living-dining area. The mother-of-pearl tabletop, customised by Viya Home, is a work of art with its intricate peacock inlay done in semi-precious stone," says Chaitanya.

Italian marble floor continues in the corridor and connects to the master bedroom.

"The owners desired a private praying area in the bedroom. This gave me the idea of adding a freestanding wall to create distinct spaces within the room," says Chaitanya.

Chaitanya adds, "The partition also allowed me to tuck away the dresser and the wardrobes behind this wall."

The prayer area is instantly visible upon entering the bedroom even as the wall partially hides the sleeping area. Black and gold are the dominant colours in the master bedroom.

The dramatic wallpaper provides an interesting backdrop to the leather embossed headboard. The black Schonbek lamps add to the frame.

The designer has generously used mirrors and glass in the master bathroom to make the space appear voluminous. And motifs have been made on the customised, stenciled glass ceiling, which has been made to match the subtle design of the Villeroy & Boch washbasin.

The daughter's bedroom, which has access from the family area, is a contemporary space compared to the master bedroom. Italian beige Diana marble flooring lends warmth to this room. A study and a seating area have been accommodated here. The TV unit hides the study, keeping the spaces distinct yet continuous.

Floral embossing in the leather headboard of the Veneta Cucine bed is complemented by leaf motifs on the wallpaper that make the room vibrant. The daughter's bathroom features a basin carved in stone as well as a leaf motif on a glass panel, both echoing the ‘outdoors' theme of the bedroom.

"Both the bedrooms are positioned in a way that they open to a covered deck that connects the indoors to the outdoors," says Chaitanya.

The deck has a partially covered pergola. Part of it has been covered with frosted glass and a part has been left open. The deck also features a Buddha statue placed at the centre of a water body.

"We added the statue to hide a tank that was breaking the continuity of the space," says Chaitanya.

The deck is connected to the outdoor bar via a ‘L'-shaped lawn. Spread over 2500 sq ft, these areas are easily accessible from all the ends of the house.

Erected on a raised wooden platform, the bar has been built of flamed granite and has a glass ceiling. The bar's onyx countertop is lit from underneath while candles add a traditional touch to the modern outdoor space.

"Lights are very important in creating an ambience for any area," says Chaitanya.

The Penta lamps used in the living room and the chandeliers used in other areas have been sourced from Europe. The colour-changing LEDs add dramatic effect in the powder room.

First published date: 17 March 2011

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Credit List

Architect/designer Vinita Chaitanya, Prism
Associations Indian Institute of Architecture & Design (IIAD)
Contractor I by Design
Kitchen manufacturer Veneta Cucine
Cladding Floors & Furnishings
Flooring MCI
Paints Asian Paints
Lighting Defa Solutions
Heating Home Heating
Furniture Timberworks, Viya Home
Benchtops Corian
Splashback Corian
Oven Whirlpool
Refrigerator Sharp
Dishwasher Whirlpool
Waste unit VC Plus
Bath Sai Ceramics
Vanity I by Design
Basin Villeroy & Boch
Taps Hansgrohe
Shower Hansgrohe
Fittings Villeroy & Boch
Shower stall I by Design
Hot water systems Racold
Tiles Ceramique
Toilet Villeroy & Boch
Accessories Hyata
Bedroom suite Timberworks
Bed linen Atmosphere
Wallcoverings Floors & Furnishings, MCI
Mirrors Ishatvam
Handles and locks DORMA
Deck Living Elements
Outdoor furniture Indonesia
Buddha sculpture Indonesia