Let us take a break from our minimal, modern interiors for some visual indulgence in this apartment in Vadodara. Designed by Studio 7 designs, it would be unfair to categorize the aesthetic of this sprawling apartment as traditional or contemporary; for, it checks all the boxes and does it effortlessly.
About the project:
Location: Oakwood Residences, Vadodara
Type: A 4 BHK apartment converted into 3 bedrooms and 1 study
If the gilded and brown tones impart the traditional character, the furniture reinforce it. But, the contemporary artwork gives the living room a stamp of modernity.
The architect says about the brief for the project, “The client wanted an apartment that was contemporary, but exuded luxury, and that feel of richness. We are talking about a well-traveled client who was totally clued in about the global trends.”
The apartment consists of four bedrooms in which one was converted into a library cum study room to meet the needs of two growing kids.
A plush, tufted sofa that invites you to sink in and an ottoman in deep blue tapestry gives the living room its royal look.
The wall mural created by created by mother of pearl brings a sense of balance and opulence at the same time. Antique brass chandelier on wooden ceiling elevates the royal quotient by a few notches.
The open floor living and dining area is segregated gently by a low divider. Even the smallest details like the material used for dining table deserve attention here. The 6-seater table is made of Onyx cladding with Italian stone on top.
The apartment came with two balconies out of which one has been converted into a pooja room. A brilliant idea that I see in many apartments of late. When an enclosed space within the open floor apartment becomes a challenge and you prefer to have a secluded and enclosed space for meditation or spiritual needs, this is a practical idea.
A combination of smoked veneer and mother of pearl gives the master bedroom an elegant and sophisticated look. Metallic leather is used for the headboard. The floral hand painted paintings above the headboard balance the color element and offset the neutrals.
The parents bedroom takes a more traditional connotation with the usage of veneer as the main material . To
break the monotony of veneer, the headboard is flanked on both sides by matt white PU coat with some motif on it. Original hand painted Madhubani paintings adorn the wall above.
The vibrant furniture, chevron cushions, modern patterns, and playful colors used in the kids bedroom is a big departure from the rest of the house. More in tune with the occupants of the room. The room is dresses in bright colors along with oak veneer. Wardrobe shutters are in glass with yellow film on it. These can be changed in future as the kids grow up and their tastes become more muted.
An avid reader and collector, the demand for storing books was imminent. The bedroom that was converted into a library lacked natural light. So to bring in natural light, we punctured one wall that was next to the passage and closed it with a big 8 ft * 5 ft glass 8ft*5ft. This structural change lit up the library room instantly. This also opened created an illusion of space opening up the passage.
Image Courtesy: Studio 7 Designs