Monica and Hardesh Chawla of Essentia Environments craft a timeless home with subtle elegance

FEB 2, 2021 | By Meghna Meduri
The formal lounge on the lower level is planned around a marble topped centre table; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
View of the open-plan dining and living area, where a contemporary artwork adds colour; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
Another view of formal living and dining zones, where marble flooring, accent chairs, art and rugs occupy pride of place; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
A projector screen and models along the stairway is an interesting element; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
The jaali partition in metallic gold adds a striking contrast to the minimalistic theme of the penthouse; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
Landscaped balconies and terrace bring a natural aesthetic into the home; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
An informal family lounge is planned on the landing of the upper level; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
An accent chair and artwork add colour in this muted bedroom; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
Soft shades of grey and beige and offset by metallic gold accessories in this bedroom; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
One of the four bedrooms statement pieces along with accent colours for pop and luxury; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
Coloured panels, hanging lamps and wallart add drama to this space; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed
Upholstered headboards are spotted in all bedrooms; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed

Central themes such as classic elegance and contemporary sophistication are evident in this 6,500 sq ft penthouse in Gurugram. It is conjured by Monica and Hardesh Chawla’s Essentia Environments through sensible design and playful interiors.

Spread across two levels, this four-bedroom home welcomes visitors to a sight of abundant light flooding into the dining and formal living spaces. This level also accommodates a bedroom and other common areas—each of which lead to an open terrace with uninterrupted views of Golf Course Road. 

A marble staircase leads upstairs to an informal lounge, where the family enjoys time together. This section is surrounded by the remaining three bedrooms. 

The marble staircase is accentuated with a gold glass railing; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed

The penthouse is effectively planned with the help of a colour palette that maximising space. Take, for instance, the informal family lounge on the upper level, where statement art pieces are placed alongside cushy sofas and nostalgic family photos.

Subtle grey stone highlights the green turf strips on the balcony floor; Photographs by Zeeshan Ahmed

Statuario and botticino marble bring a touch of unpretentious indulgence to the common areas. These are balanced by the natural aesthetic of the landscaped terrace and balconies. On the other hand, all bedrooms are modelled in subtle grey hues with light coloured oak wooden flooring and accessorised with statement pieces.

The master suite showcases a perfect equilibrium of classical and modern aesthetics. European details are incorporated with minimal design concepts. The house is cloaked in monochromatic schemes with multiple shades of grey, cream, and white. These are offset by the use of metallic gold accents and pops of colour brought it with the help of planters, accent chairs, decor, art and rugs.

“Our design philosophy is to create classic, timeless and contemporary spaces that bring comfort and joy to the lives of our clients. We believe in bringing luxury, elegance and uniqueness just as we have in this home,” says Hardesh.