Reflections of storytelling through art — A Mumbai home designed by Namrata Rawlani

SEP 13, 2022 | By Maheshwari Vickyraj
The living room features textured walls emphasised by the bright blue-hued sofa from Red Blue & Yellow. The floor lamp near the curtain is by Orange Tree Homes; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

A vibrant home with a touch of zen niched in the city of Mumbai in Khar, is a reflection of storytelling through art. Interior designer Namrata Rawlani of The White Motif crafted this home with meticulous design details, with spaces styled by Dhruti Hamlai.

This 3,000 sq ft, four-bedroom home exudes endearing glitz and is defined by one-of-a-kind artefacts that strike just the right tone in terms of colour palette and calming ambience.

The living room is characterised by textures and colours. A coffee table by Blue Loft is paired with side tables from Sarita Handa; Styled by Dhruti Hanlai and Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

The Curious Brief 

Transforming the existing structure and using natural light to bring out a sense of vastness, the home was to be designed, keeping in mind the ease with which the family could move around. Colour, breeze, and movement became the key instruments in modelling the home.


The English-style console and mirror frame from Calcuttan fit well with the background. The space is a melting pot of metropolitan vibes with the wall light from Orange Tree Homes and vases from House of Objects, and antique head from Claymen; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

Tour every turn of the home… 

Entering the home, the interiors are split into two laying out two possibilities, but telling one cohesive story. A subdued colour scheme is adopted in the living area to the right, while the teal wall art complements the stark black and white walls beautifully. Conical forms and abstract designs further add a hint of contemporary to the space.

The dining room’s reclaimed wooden table from Blue Loft commands its basic design. Its shiny texture complements the chandelier from Sage Living and the striped seats’ furnishing is from Bharat Furnishings. The green vases on the table are from House of Objects; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

On the right of living area is the primary bedroom and guest bedroom. The teals and greys of the primary bedroom are softened by a vibrant lavender headboard.

The master bedroom features the striped lavender headboard and the gilt pouffes from Homefluff. The rug is from Rugberry, with bedding from AA Living; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

The guest room has an earthy-modern vibe with the hardwood log headboard and soft drapes creating a relaxing atmosphere.

The furnishings of the master bedroom is designed by Bharat Furnishings; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

The den is visible from the entry, and the decor has been made to fit that gravitational pull. The bright hexagonal pattern floor, striking green walls, and soothing white walls draw the eye as soon as you walk in. The room is intended to be used at all hours, and it even has a projector mounted on a blank wall for when guests come over.

The laundry room is a stunning display of green and white with the 3D gilded lotus adding dimension to the otherwise flat green background of the wall covered in delicate white painting.

The room’s playful effeminacy counteracts the peach. The moon mirror adds character to the blue headboard. Repurposed side tables with a weathered finish flank the bed; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal


This wooden headboard gives a rustic impression. Lighter and sunny blue and green colours are used here. The room’s natural tones contrast with the geometric metal wall art; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

The son and daughter’s room is adjacent to this green tribute and is bright and colourful. The repurposed end tables complement the daughter’s room, accented in peach, teal, and green, while the coarse character of the material goes well with the minimalist aesthetic of the room.

Ideas to bookmark – colours and materials

The emphasis is on demure hues of teals and greens. “I was able to try out several complimentary colour schemes and interesting artefacts in each space,” says Namrata.

A den emerges through full-length sliding doors. The floor lamp from Dekorcomapny is placed in the corner. Winged chairs from Blue Loft and wall clutter from Jaypore; Photography by Pulkit Sehgal

The dining room additionally features a wooden table that complements the texture of the chandelier’s beads, and the green colour scheme accentuates the room’s black and white chairs, which tell a far more sophisticated tale.

However, in the laundry room, soft green is contrasted with white on the walls. Guests can see the hand-painted walls and ceramic sculptures from anywhere in the house, providing a calming focal point for the entire house.