This Bengaluru home by Aanai Design Studio captures hearts with greens and minimalism

DEC 27, 2021 | By Twinkle Tolani
Inspired by the gardens outside, the interiors of Bhag Residence reflect matching tones; Photographs by Nayan Soni
The primary bedroom sports family photos and subtle tones in an attempt to welcome the residents; Photographs by Nayan Soni
The son’s bedroom flaunts mustard yellow and embraces minimal furniture to provide an airy aura to the room; Photographs by Nayan Soni
The chair from Bamboo Pecker furthers the deliberate use of natural materials in the son’s bedroom; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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. 

The earthy colour palette in the living room is driven by the greens outside; Photographs by Nayan Soni


Sculptures from Claymen add quirkiness to the living room at the Bhag Residence, Bengaluru; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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.

The bottom on the dining table legs play a role in continuing the brass hints throughout the home; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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.

The single painting of Shankaracharya in the dining room was commissioned to a local artist specially for the space; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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.

The colour palette in the kitchen departs from the earthy tones to bring about a pop in colour; Photographs by Nayan Soni

 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 has a neutral colour scheme accommodating the need to play around with different decor when needed; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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. 

A reading nook is created with this chair to enhance reading habits; Photographs by Nayan Soni

 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.

Weaving Indian elements into a minimal design aesthetic remains a theme that stands throughout the home; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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. 

Rugs from Carpet Kingdom and blinds and curtains from Petals accessorise the subtle spaces; Photographs by Nayan Soni

“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