A sleek and uncluttered private residence in Gujarat stakes its claim to regal living with simple yet effective ideas.
Even the most sought-after designer fears the client who knows it all or worse still – the one who never quite knows what he wants.
So you can only imagine the exhilaration at P&D Associates in Bharuch, Gujarat when the team was given a free hand to design the interiors of a 2,000 sq. ft. bungalow in Ankleshwar – no questions asked.
The duplex bungalow under discussion, belongs to a businessman, his wife and two young children. “The client was only clear that he wanted sophisticated, contemporary interiors for his residence. Other than that, he was fantastic and left everything to our sensibilities,”say Devang Patel, Pratik Siddhpura and Shruti Siddhpura – co-founders and principal designers of P&D Associates.
The focus was to maintain a clear distinction between common, open spaces and closed, private ones. This soon becomes evident in their choice of palettes for different areas of the house.
The living and dining rooms maintain neutral and formal aesthetics while the bedrooms exude individuality and character. In the living room, an entire wall clad in veneer takes on the role of a gallery, exhibiting equestrian-related photographs from the client’s personal collection.
In the master bedroom, an irregular niche in the wall becomes an unexpected ally when it is dressed up to create a cosy alcove for the bed. Red drapes which will never be fully opened and a wooden fretwork panel above the bed create a vignette of grandeur. The image of Buddha behind the bed helps lend an aura of calm to this private retreat.
“We wanted the client to feel no less than a king in his house,” shares Devang echoing a sentiment that a million other house owners hold close to their heart.
In this case however, the designers actually sought inspiration from a motif once used to embellish royal turbans and enlarged it manifold to decorate the sliding doors of a wardrobe.
This impression is further sustained upon walking into the richly decorated bedrooms. The guest bedroom on the ground floor is the simplest of all but for the presence of a piece of wall art made out of brass and positioned behind the bed and which is innovatively backlit to add soul and substance to the ambience.
Devang says this was “essentially created to please the owner’s parents who love the kind of motifs used and are regular guests at the residence.”
The royal treatment is extended to the floors of the bedroom where wooden flooring encourages family members to take off their footwear and perhaps even their public masks in the privacy of their room.
The wooden flooring is also seen in the children’s room – a space decked in olive green – a deliberate choice of a neutral colour, to appease both brother and sister who share the room.
The dining area is mindfully sober and your eye almost passes over this scene until its attention is grabbed by an outsized washbasin at one end of the room where ceiling lights bounce off the polished, reflective surfaces of marble and mirror. The mirror’s raw edges are covered with square sections of stainless steel and the whole structure creates an impression of unabashed grandeur.
On the whole it is a residence rich in ambience and a strong feel of luxury; it will certainly keep the owners feeling grand for a long time to come.
Text By Christabelle Athaide
Photographs By Tejas Shah