Ekta Khanna’s “less is more” philosophy gets realised with this duplex in the lush neighbourhood of New Delhi

MAR 16, 2023 | By Suhaani Rai
The Kaisol custom made artwork and a custom built sofa, both by Loco Design India forms the focal points of this room. The sofa is upholstered in a Warwick Cleo Green sofa and the arm chairs are in a Warwick plush violet fabric. The pendant light is from The White Teak Company. The dark grey straight vertical panels are by Alpi Wood. The living room is accessorised with cushions, vases and sculptures from BoConcept India and curtains from Shades Of India; Photographs by Sushant Sinha
The master bedroom features an Amal bed by Flou with custom bedside tables by Demuro Das. A sleek BoConcept India Kip floor lamp is beside the bedside table. A Yellow Korner India art work in the niche and an Artevenue art piece enrich the room. The cozy sofa is by Demuro Das upholstered in Warwick Plush fabric and it lies atop a rug from BoConcept India. The room is enhanced with cushions from BoConcept and Shades of India, curtains from Shades of India and vases by Westelm India. The flooring is by Span floors; Photographs by Sushant Sinha

There is a cultural shift with minimal homes making way into the mood boards of designers and being enthusiastically accepted by homeowners. Ekta Khanna, the founder of Ekta Khanna Design Studio found this project a cakewalk when she was entrusted with a bare shell to make it into an uncluttered modern home.

The 4200 sq. ft property is located in the upscale neighbourhood of West Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi. Segregated into two levels, the lower floor has a living and dining room, a master bedroom, a kitchen and a powder room. On the upper floor, there are rooms for the son and daughter, a media room, a guest bedroom and a small study tucked in the corner.

Artwork from MG Art Studio forms a backdrop to the dining table and chairs from Cattelan Italia. Custom made crockery unit by Loco Design India adds colour to the subdued room. The dining room opens into a small atrium bedecked with wall tiles from Sternhagen; Photographs by Sushant Sinha

The curious brief

Ekta’s design philosophy, “Less is more” is perfectly aligned with the mandate given to her— a sophisticated home without too many design elements. 

“I strongly believe that unnecessary and forced designs in homes take away the essence of a space and simply add clutter and decrease volume. In this home, elegant, panelled walls form the main feature, around which all other elements seamlessly blend. The house has one theme throughout— contemporary, modern home,” elaborates Khanna. 

The staircase railing is in toughened glass with rectangular wood sections. Treads and risers are in Statuario marble. The table in grey Koto veneer is by Demuro Das. Art work on the front wall is commissioned to MG Art Studio and artwork facing the media room is from Calcuttan; Photographs by Sushant Sinha

Tour every turn of this home

Upon entrance, one arrives directly at the central lobby which has a staircase and a dining room opening into a small atrium. Next is the living room—a dark espresso backdrop to a hand crafted leather art work and deeper accent furniture pieces. 

Light grey walls, cream beds and white panelled furniture are used in the master bedroom to make it look brighter and more spacious. The lower level also has a small powder room which is made of three materials instead of just one— a white marble floor, stainless steel mosaic wall and textured grey paint to hold the entire room together. 

A Demuro Das blue armchair and artwork by Yellow Korner India add drama to the white and grey themed guest bedroom; Photographs by Sushant Sinha

On the upper floor, the staircase opens into a media room, decked in red and purple design elements to give it an intimate and den-like appeal. A black panelled wall forms the main feature of the son’s bedroom. The light grey wall and the greyish blue leather bed adds softness to the otherwise strong colour palette of the room.

A Loco Design India sofa creates a comfortable atmosphere in the media room with an Italian leather Ottoman lying atop a BoConcept rug and wood flooring from Span Floors . The fluted bar in Patina finish is custom made by Loco Design India. Art from Artevenue embellishes the purple wall. Accessorised with Cushions from Sarita Handa and Westelm, Curtains from Shades Of India and a side table by Loco Design India; Photographs by Sushant Sinha

The daughter’s room is decked in neutral tones with hues of blush pink and a tropical backdrop all of which comes together in an elegant manner. The room has wooden veneer throughout to enliven the room.

A Cole & Son tropical wallpaper sourced from Elan Wall Coverings dramatises the neutral toned bedroom. Lights are from The White Teak Company. The blush pink chaise is from Demuro Das in Warwick fabric. BoConcept vase, cushions and rug embellish the room. The sheer curtains are from Shades Of India. Engineered wood floor from Span Floors. Fluted panelling with inbuilt open shelved niche finished in Koto Ash Veneer from Coast to Coast designs and artwork is from Nook At You; Photographs by Sushant Sinha

Ideas to bookmark

The low ceiling height of the entire house made it difficult to plan the lighting and false ceiling. Hence, it is planned using light coloured walls, floors and ceilings to make the rooms visually spacious. 

One thing that has been kept in mind throughout is the amount of natural light each room receives. The master bedroom and daughter’s room are at the back of the house, so they are given soothing wallpapers and creme colour palettes. Whereas, the living and media room receive a tremendous amount of light, so deeper accents of furniture are added to tone down the respective rooms. 

All rooms follow a monochromatic theme with designs that echo their individual personalities. “I found designing the bedrooms the most fun as these were spaces for individuals and thoughtful planning and discussions went into it to finalise these designs” concludes Ekta. 

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