1. Maithili Ahluwalia’s Alibaug home is enhanced with wooden elements and expansive windows, blending the outdoors with the indoors.
Photography by Nishant Shukla

2. In Arjun Sawhney’s dramatic and self-styled New Delhi residence, grey walls are complemented with wooden floors, summery prints and a burst of colour.
Photography by Amit Mehra, Styling by Sonia Dutt

3. Lisa Ray’s Bandra, Mumbai apartment showcases how nature inspired prints and raw finishes can bring in a sense of tranquility in a cement themed space.
Photography by Fabien Charuau, Styling by Mrudul Pathak Kundu

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3 grey living rooms to match winter skies

by Nishita Fiji Jan 20, 2017
Do you feel overwhelmed by cold winds that hit as hard as steel? There’s no need to fight them – borrow their ashen tones to mimic them in your home. In fact, our colour forecast for this month called for muted tones of ivory and pale grey.

To get you started, we rounded up stylish living rooms from ELLE DECOR India’s archives that have done a fine job at it. Take cues from them to create your own winter wonderland. 

1. Integrate the outdoors inside your home
Nestled in the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, Alibaug, Maithili Ahluwalia’s (of Bungalow 8) family home in Nandgaon is replete with humble colours. The expansive windows make it appear as though the neighbouring sanctuary is almost part of the abode. Dark wood furniture contrasts with the grey walls and flooring. Draw inspiration from this earthy space to showcase your love for nature and understated sophistication.

2. Accentuate your space with a mix of bright hues and vibrant prints
In Arjun Sawhney’s dramatic and self-styled New Delhi residence, pale charcoal walls are complemented with timber floors and a prism of colours. The seaters upholstered in bright blue fabric, large art pieces adorning the walls and modern ceiling lamps create an energetic atmosphere. This is an ideal option for city slickers who love a sprinkle of summer within their charcoal space.

3. Create a monastery-like ambience with raw surfaces and concrete floors
Designed by writer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, actor and philanthropist Lisa Ray’s cocoon in Mumbai is decorated with her personal collectibles in white and distressed finishes. Cool cement hued IPS flooring harmonises with icy walls. The most graphic element in the room is the forest print wallpaper that has also been framed above the custom low shelf. We love how the various textures bring a sense of tranquility and nostalgia – a great example of how to create an oasis in a metropolitan city.

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