This Bengaluru home by Aanai Design Studio captures hearts with greens and minimalism
DEC 27, 2021 | By Twinkle Tolani
Bhag Residence by Nikhil Haridas and Gayathri Padmam H of Aanai Design Studio is a Bengaluru home with such aplomb that the welcome interruption of colours highlights its simplicity.
The 1,750 sq ft space located in Uttarahalli in South Bengaluru, is owned by a quintessential South Indian family comprising a young couple, their infant, father and two dogs.
The apartment located on the ground floor overlooks the verdant gardens outside. Justifying its christening as ‘Bhag’ Residence, the former being a Hindi word that means garden, even the tones of green in the living room are privy to this tropical correspondence.
Amongst the vivid upholstery in the living area, soft, eggshell white walls and furniture in wood and rattan paint a picture of unspeakable serenity. A compact TV unit takes care of all the storage requirements, and the brass handles sourced from Studio Made Chennai hint at the unfolding of brassy affairs throughout the Bengaluru home.
Behind the sofa, Claymen wall sculptures add individuality to the space. “The South Indian classicism, which is so close to the homeowner’s heart, is brought forth with elements like the wooden chest and tiny bells on the Pooja unit.
Every piece of furniture is curated carefully to not just work aesthetically for the space, but to also function well,” articulates Padmam H.
Brass detailing continues in the dining area as speckles in the table’s legs. A painting of Shankaracharya was commissioned to a local artist, especially for the space. The earthy greens from the living area reappear in the painting and the Olie Living and Lighting pendant light hanging above.
“The brass ornaments in the home have been collected by the homeowner over the years. Some of them are handed down through generations, making the space personal and meaningful. The artwork and frames around the house also have been collected over time,” explains Padmam H.
In a departure from the greens, the quaint kitchen flaunts a pastel shade of blue. The dado tiles impart a rustic character to the kitchen, enhanced by the abundance of terracotta elements.
The primary bedroom doused in a neutral colour scheme allows playing around and mixing things up with a different decor as and when needed. The subtle wallpaper juxtaposed with mid-century modern lighting characterises the space, while family photos make it welcoming and personal.
The mustard half-walls in the son’s room induce playfulness in the right measure. The room peppered with furniture is symbolic of allowing the child a space to grow. A chair from Bamboo Pecker coupled with minimalist shelves makes for an enticing reading nook.
This Bengaluru home has a design style that stands out with minimalism fused with Indian whims. All the products are sourced locally, and natural materials like wood and cane are used extensively.
“At Aanai, we strongly believe that every element in a home must reflect the home owner’s interests and personality, and thus our starting point for design has always been long conversations about their aspirations for the space. The materiality is then discussed to weave in a meaningful space which has a strong narration of their beliefs and needs,” concludes Padmam H.
If you enjoyed the minimal demeanour of this home, do check out this Chennai home by Vaishali Srinivasan dotted with heirloom pieces