A multigenerational home in Mumbai by NACL Studio embraces the tenets of simplicity and versatility
AUG 23, 2023 | By Diya Shah
Overlooking the Mumbai cityscape stands a shared vision of modern, minimal and neutral aesthetics, embodied as a home to a family comprising three generations. Designed by Natasha Aggarwal, Founder and Principal Designer of NACL Studio, the 2,100 sq ft space encapsulates the distinct tastes of its multigenerational dwellers with a seamless balance of sophistication and practicality.
A less-is-more approach that emphasises a light and airy ambience permeates the residence. “The home embraces an elegant, unpretentious design with a predominantly white colour scheme that extends from the walls to the lofty ceiling and is mirrored in soft furnishings, creating an atmosphere of purity and serenity. At the same time, the space is low maintenance with smart technology and optimal storage solutions,” explains Natasha.
Behind the screens
As the door swings open, one first glimpses ornate wooden screens that separate the passage from the common spaces. They offer the family and their guests a sense of privacy as they unwind or enjoy meals in the pristine living and dining room, complete with a cosy bar in one corner.
Against the tranquil backdrop of white, the nuance of textures brings the space to life. Full-length windows that offer panoramic skyline views of the city lull one into peaceful contentment. Soft light enters through them and travels across the rippled and lime-plaster walls that maintain a minimalistic ambience while subtly adding character. A wall of mirrors enhances the effect.
A screen similar to those at the entrance situated behind the dining area conceals an all-white prayer room. Meticulously adorned with brass bells and a pearl string light, the space plays host to bejewelled idols.
Upon reentering the passage, one almost misses the cleverly camouflaged door panels leading to the kitchen and utility areas. The space maintains visual continuity and exudes elegance with light furnishing and floor-to-ceiling wall panels.
Past the dining room, a transformation takes place, signalled by a chevron flooring pattern and long chandeliers that add a dramatic flair to the space. This seeps into the powder bathroom, a chic space with an eclectic mix of design elements, including a quirky brass chandelier.
Sophistication for one and all
The common spaces give way to the four bedrooms with distinct identities tied together by a muted colour scheme. The son’s bedroom incorporates blue, grey and yellow hues that reflect his favourite character. Blues, greys and blacks create an edgy ambience in the daughter’s bedroom, characterised by arches
In contrast, the grandparents’ bedroom maintains a minimalistic aesthetic with simple white wardrobes and a fluted television wall. The bed back is the highlight of this space and features a metal rod with hanging pillows that offer both comfort and flexibility.
The master bedroom at the end of the passage reveals a warm tenor. The entry is lined with mirrored shutters that conceal storage for bags and shoes. These transition into television walls and wardrobes with slats that double as handles. Carefully curated furniture and subtle moulding details maintain a simple yet elegant ambience.
The home weaves a continuous narrative of quiet luxury with elements that reflect understated elegance and timeless appeal. “Just as NACL is the scientific name for salt, the studio aptly embodies its defining qualities of simplicity and versatility. Our spaces should be able to evolve as time passes by and to suit the owners’ needs, so layering is kept to a bare minimum,” says Natasha, encapsulating her concept for the space.