This vibrant and artistic Hyderabad home designed by Supraja Rao exemplifies everyday luxury
DEC 1, 2023 | By Namrata Dewanjee
Behind a rich blue door with a golden doorknob, like a gateway to a fantastical realm, the exquisite home inside is equally magical with hidden treasures around every corner. Supraja Rao, Founder and Principal Designer of Hyderabad-based studio, Design House, was tasked with carving this spectacular 6,200 sq ft cove out of a pre-built gated community home in Kondapur, Hyderabad.
Envisioned for a family of four, the abode is thoughtfully planned with dedicated spaces for the myriad activities of each member, from spaces for children to play on rainy days to a kitchen that encourages one to while away hours in culinary experimentation. When asked to describe the guiding theme of the space, Supraja summarizes it in two carefully chosen words, “Everyday Luxury”.
A cabinet of curiosities
Adorned with cascading creepers flowing from the terrace, the moment you step into this three-story home, you catch a glimpse of luxury exemplified by the unbroken line-of-sight from the living and dining space all the way to the pooja room. With a decadent palette of emerald greens, wine reds, and blush tones, the living room, according to Supraja, is the “highlight of the house according to any guest that visits”; and rightly so with a hand-painted wall, dainty chandeliers and a larger than life Bharat Yadav painting that compels passersby to stop in their tracks to appreciate its intricacies.
Meandering further into the home, a passage leads to a cosy dining area with an 8-seater square dining table. A glance outside into the backyard transports you into a verdant dream, echoed inside through a bespoke light fixture with a metal branch and perched glass birds, playfully blurring the lines between the built and natural environments. Decked in pastels, is the adjoining kitchen flooded with daylight and a gentle breeze.
Upstairs, in the kid’s lounge room, the Design House imagine the shutters to resemble larger-than-life books, adding a touch of light-hearted kitsch to the space. In keeping with the whimsical spirit, the children’s bedroom is jungle-themed complete with a monkey bar!
At the other end of the spectrum, is the “Sanctum Sanctorum of the house”, the peaceful pale blue and light brown themed master bedroom. Here, the dreamy mood is heightened by the poster bed in the centre of the spacious room, conjuring an open and inviting aura. In true fantastical fashion, the walk-in closet with a plentitude of mirrors reveals a secret space to keep valuables safe.
The second floor houses a resplendent bar and a snug coral 4-seater home theatre for the family to dawdle in on the weekends.
A collage brimming with personality
In this home, every room is a world unto itself — a smorgasbord of colours and textures that fit together like pieces of a vibrant puzzle. From the intricately hand-painted walls in the living room to the jovial interiors of the children’s spaces, this abode envisioned by Design House is a medley of varying moods orchestrated with sophistication and elegance.