Essentia Environments wraps this Gurugram home in myriad contemporary styles

AUG 19, 2021 | By Kashish Kaushal
The primary bedroom is illuminated with a statement light hanging in a corner, highlighting the Bulgari grey flooring; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
In the inviting dining area room, the wall art was specially commissioned by Essentia Environments; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Accomplished by manipulating luxe elements of design, all the furniture in the living space is custom-created at the Essentia Environments facility; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Every part of this home is doused in experimental features, like the floor and wall inlays in the entrance foyer; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Creating an individualistic and cherished interior, Essentia Environments have adorned the kid’s bedroom with tailor made artwork; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Furnishings from Sarita Handa in the primary bedroom accentuates the bed with tufted headboard; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
The Vietnam white marble with brass inlay covers most of the living areas; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
Quirky artworks specially commissioned by Essentia Environments in the lounge area add a new dimension to the luxurious interiors; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan
The furniture pieces in the bedrooms, tailor made by Essentia Environments, have been carefully chosen to represent and enhance the muted colour palette of the home; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

By thoughtfully packing in sumptuous layers of design features, Essentia Environments brings warmth and cosiness to this four bedroom house in Gurugram. Founders and interior designers Hardesh Chawla and Monica Chawla have judiciously used the 6,500 sq ft space and designed a lavish home following a minimalistic route with a few maximalist permutations and combinations.

Choosing mostly neutral backdrops, the designers have experimented with subtle pops of colours and mesmerising finishes to create delightful, yet serene environments. “Basically the idea was to create a home that feels bespoke to the owners. Each area in space planning is accomplished by manipulating the diverse elements of design,” reveals Chawla.  

When asked to divulge more about the material palette and how they managed to create an equilibrium, Chawla adds “At Essentia, we work with neutral palettes that bring out the inherent beauty and textures of the superior materials, and the colours and contours of the furnishings, curated accessories and artworks. We balance the various elements by carefully juxtaposing them to achieve a harmonious visual.”

The column in the middle of the foyer is covered in a stunning Nero Saint Laurent marble with brass highlights creating a pièce de résistance; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

The extraordinary use of glass partitions right at the foyer has resulted in unmediated visibility of the bright interiors. Demarcating the living area, these partitions add an element of order and symmetry to the space.

Colour influences the mood and well being like no other element, thus making it essential to use the right colours in your homes; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Spread across an open layout and rimming with effusive glamour, the living space is divided into two seating clusters, one formal and the other informal. From the overhead multi-pendant light fixture to the geometric pattern inlay flooring with brass highlights, the dining area stuns with its ability to immerse in opulent detailing. 

A welcoming and inviting balcony space with a stunning view has been created for the inhabitants to destress and relax; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

As this home is located in one of the upmarket neighbourhoods of Gurugram—The Magnolias, the designer duo also created a family lounge that anchors everyone and provides all with respite and retreat.  

A wooden ceiling governs the visual language of the primary bedrom en suite; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

The primary bedroom combines luxe materiality with big-scale design elements but mellows the richness with clever surface treatments. We love the larger than life approach seen throughout the house. Textures reign supreme in the kid’s bedrooms, supplemented with clean lines. 

Opulent lighting scheme elevates the grandeur of the bedrooms while emphasising on the distinctive textures; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Describing their firm’s signature style, Chawla shares, “Our design philosophy starts with the maxim, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ With minimalism as our mantra, we let the superior quality materials, their creative application in a space do all the talking.”

A statement bar cabinet where individual units in round and oval shapes come together to form an eye-catching piece is the highlight of the family lounge; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

Expansive and glamorous, this home imparts a regal demeanour without coming off as distant. The designers at Essentia Environments triumphantly pair a rich material profile against the spatial expanse to punctuate the space with dynamism.

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Through the choice of wooden ceiling, full length mirrors and lighting, the powder room is created to achieve an accomplished concept; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan


Here the designers resort to muted colours and clean-lined furniture. The idea is to focus on both the aesthetics as well as the functional aspect of the space; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan


The pendant lights from Klove highlight the dining area with finesse; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan


The geometric pattern inlay flooring with brass highlights further plays up the dimensions of the dining area; Photographs by Atul Pratap Chauhan

If this contemporary abode by Essentia Environments has your heart, do check out this East Hampton Farmhouse by Tamara Magel!