This modern luxury apartment has a large square footage – 2,930 sq.ft. Size -whether small or big when it comes to spaces – makes interior design challenging. Reflecct Design Studio, the interior design firm that designed this expansive apartment in Surat has nailed the brief as the spaces flow seamlessly making size seem less daunting.
Who lives here: Mr. Piyush Saraf with his family
Location: Vesu , Surat, Gujarat
Year built: 2019
Size: 2,930 sq.ft apartment
Type: apartment with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1 common toilet, and 1 home theater.
Designed by:Amit Dodhiawala , Reflecct Design Studio
Photograph courtesy for the images: Ira Gosalia (PHX INDIA)
Designed for a family of five, the 2,930 sq.ft apartment comprises a large living room, dining room, pooja room, study area, balcony, and four bedrooms with walk in closets. Designing the interiors of a large apartment is daunting; to give it a cohesive look, the individual rooms shouldn’t appear disjointed, all while catering to the tastes of the design preferences of the room’s occupants.
The color scheme of this home is predominantly gray and navy with touches of brown punctuated by limited doses of bright yellows and oranges.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last four years of moving into our new home, it’s the power of art; art has that magical ability to turn bare walls instantly into a home. This apartment gets it right by having a healthy mix of traditional, modern, and abstract art interspersed on all walls throughout the house.
For years, I was afraid to adorn bare walls with art for the fear of not getting it right – with colors, with size, how high you hang, if you should go with one or group them, printed or handmade – the list is endless. Once, you put up that first picture, and then the second, there is no going back. You’ll soon want to fill every bare wall.
It sometimes helps to see and learn how the experts do it – like that large life size painting of a charismatic elephant dressed in finery at the entrance of the home is sheer brilliance. Having art like this is a conversation starter – a surefire way of making sure the large walls don’t close in on you. It feels more personal giving it a lived in look.
In terms of layout, the main door opens up to a foyer with a large living room and an enclosed study area to the right. The dining room, one bedroom, and home theater lie to the left. Beyond the living is one bedroom and a pooja room. To the right of the living area on opposite ends are two bedrooms.
The layout may seems scattered all over the place but I think it is brilliant as it gives each occupant a much needed privacy. I like the position of the study area/home office in particular right by the foyer as it is detached from the living quarters. It is quite unusual to find this kind of a layout in an apartment.
Similarly, the relaxing zone or the home theater is at the far end making it the perfect spot to unwind. In a singe level apartment where you don’t have the luxury of floors for privacy, this is a clever design.
In the living room, the main wall with the sunset artwork in the living room pops out against the neutral sofas. All these elements mixed together give the room a very sleek, sophisticated and formal look.
Minimal artifacts on the adjoining stools make the room look less blank.
Paints: ICA, Asian Paints
Furnishings: MANTRA DECORE
Sofas: Ravish Vohra furniture (Delhi)
Dining table: Ravish Vohra furniture (Delhi)
Flooring tiles: Neolith (Spain)
Rugs: Adress Home
Furniture in living/family room: Ravish Vohra furniture (Delhi)