; Pastels and beige bind the New Delhi home by Ekta Khanna Design Studio

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A symphony of pastel shades and wooden undertones sweeps this New Delhi home by Ekta Khanna Design Studio

AUG 20, 2022 | By Sneha Gandhi
An offset pendant light and white-toned accessories decorate the vibrant living room; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India
Browns govern the colour palette of the dining area of six; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India
Adding intrigue to the bedroom is an artistic wallpaper covered in botanical prints; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India
The primary bedroom pairs a grey wallpaper and bed back with the beige overtones of the room; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India
Balancing the wall of wardrobes is a corner window in the primary bedroom; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

Treading the lines between minimal and modern, with an overarching Scandinavian theme is the impeccably neat and lively New Delhi home by Ekta Khanna Design Studio

Conceptualised by Ekta Khanna, Founder and Lead Designer at her namesake practice, the elegant abode exudes an almost vintage wooden warmth paired with rich, earthy hues and periodic pops of pastels. 

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The living room comes alive in a coastal colour palette with a coordinated tropical-style rug; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

The curious brief

A desire to host and entertain friends and family, prompted the outdoorsy owners to crave a relaxing home in the capital city for when they would occasionally visit. The priorities were simple—a breezy mood with bold colour strokes and easy-to-maintain finishes.

After a couple of structural changes, the resultant 1,700 sq ft, three-bedroom apartment at Prithviraj Road revels in a symphony of soft colours, delicate fabrics and light oak and walnut furniture.

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Abstract modern pendant lights supplement the sophisticated finish of the dining furniture; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

Tour every turn of the snug home

The apartment opens its doors to a quaint foyer area followed by a compact study room to the left. Stepping in, a mesmerising expanse, spanning the width of the home, doubles up as the combined living and dining area.  

Every room dons a unique ambience. While one features a backlit wall panelling refurbished on-site from old wardrobe shutters, the other guest bedroom sports a strong contrast in the form of blush pink upholstery and a dark-hued wallpaper with fine botanical prints. The wallpapers spotted in the home are from Cole & Son and Sanderson, sourced from Marshalls, Delhi.

A simple monochrome colour scheme for the kitchen shifts the focus back to the lush foliage outside; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

A wooden panelled wall conceals the entrance to the primary bedroom. Owing to an oddly present beam, the studio has thoughtfully opted for an overall asymmetry theme. The room includes a projecting wall with a neutral-toned wallpaper and a small niche right above the bed. The bedding and quilts for the rooms are from maspar and Fabindia and the cushions from Sarita Handa and BoConcept. 

While the furniture is from BoConcept, so are a select range of the exquisite rugs and accessories. The lights are sourced from The White Teak Company, Ivanka Lumiere and West Elm and some of the carpets are from Jaipur Rugs. The home is skillfully decorated with accessories from West Elm, Sarita Handa and OMA Living.

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An exotic array of tropical plant prints in arched harmony accompanies the small window view in the bedroom; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

Ideas to bookmark – complementary pastel colours with wooden furniture

Brewing a sophisticated charm with its walnut and oak furniture, the home exemplifies its Scandinavian theme without being too minimalistic. While the communal areas are dressed in whites and pastels, two distinct shades of light beige colour the rest of the home. Contemporary wallpapers and mint, yellow, blue and lilac upholstery break the beige and brown monotony.

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Dotted with minimature buildings and structures, the shades of the artistic wallpaper are resonated throughout the primary bedroom; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

What Ekta Khanna fell in love with…

Divulging on her eco-conscious ideas, Ekta concludes, “The original apartment had a dresser area with panelled solid wood cupboard shutters. We have used these shutters throughout the house, for example as an interesting bed back wall panel. Similarly, old panelled drawer fronts are refurbished into a modern study table. We have even created a bathroom vanity by painting these a dark charcoal grey.”

A judicious stroke of lilac wraps a pleasant atmosphere in the bedroom; Photographs by Aaditya Kulkarni | Photographix India

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