Hidden in plain sight—Rajkot home by Shruti Vyas Design casts a camouflage spell

AUG 3, 2022 | By Sneha Gandhi
The custom-made ring light doubles up as a highlight feature of the formal living room. Sofa and chairs are by Hanuzzi, centre and side tables are built in-house, artefacts from studio 21 and carpet by Osaka Furnishings; Styled by Samir Wadekar and Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Camouflaged in the wood panelling on the left are the entrances to the home theatre and the power bathroom. Dining table and chairs by Hanuzzi; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Revealing an unobstructed view of the length of the home is the passage area. Artefacts on the dining table and the arc lamp by studio21; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
The primary bedroom is covered in lime-finished texture from Asian Paints, side table artefacts from IKEA, hanging lamp from Platinum Lights, switches from Digital Dreams and bedding from Osaka Furnishings; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

When composing a home, adhering to a functional approach while maintaining a minimal seamless look and design symmetry can be quite a conundrum. Shruti Vyas, Founder and Principal Designer at Shruti Vyas Design, overcomes the obstinate obstacle with a quick trick: Camouflage!

“Design is problem-solving to us and we do not let challenges compromise our design,” she reveals while talking about one of her projects, a 5000 sq ft Rajkot home Styled by Samir Wadekar. While the home is a juxtaposition of many elements and ideas, the silent hero is the skillfully hidden entrances and precise detailing.

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Ring light with a gold finish reflected in the furniture and accessories forms the focal point of the formal living room. Sofa and chairs are by Hanuzzi and carpet by Osaka Furnishings; Styled by Samir Wadekar and Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The simple brief 

Coincidently the studio and the homeowners, a young couple, harbour a similar design philosophy so the vision for the space was easy to formulate—a contemporary, minimal home. The studio introduced additional touches of Scandinavian and Zen elements. 

The spacious apartment is divided into two living rooms, and a dining space connected with a kitchen, four equal-sized bedrooms with walk-in closets and bathrooms, home theatre and terrace. 

Built in-house centre and side tables and artefacts from studio 21 provide a fun contrast to the wooden backdrop of the formal living room; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Tour every turn of the modern home

The entrance lobby is an elaborate affair in itself housing a tinted mirrored panel, a sleek horizontal storage unit and the wooden main door and panelling. 

With a hint of modernity, the lobby opens up to the massive formal living space drenched in abundant natural light courtesy the huge wall-to-wall windows. The theme is neutral dotted with black and white houndstooth pattern upholstery and accents. 

Modular kitchen by FnF Cucina with built-in island platform; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Flaunting a ring-shaped light in gold finish, the feature wall behind is enhanced with a delicate fluting PU panel. Custom-made wood and stone centre table is purposefully staggered to balance the linear volume of the sofa.

Adjacent to the formal living space is the main passage area of the home, centrally splitting it into two parts along its length. Hidden in the wooden panels along the passage are the entrances to the home theatre, mandir, terrace and powder bathroom. 

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The dining area houses a wood, brass and marble table and chairs by Hanuzzi and artefacts by studio 21. Hidden between the fluted glass panelled doors that lead to the terrace, is the entrance to the mandir; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The terrace is lined with plants and the classic jhula, a typical feature found in Gujarati homes. The formal and family living space are visually connected to the terrace through Faux Venetian windows with tinted mirrors and white louvres.

A study in acoustic detailing, the pitch-black home theatre is complemented by wooden rafters that curve along the ceiling and the wall and an enclosed bar area. Continuing with the theme, the entrance to the powder bathroom is hidden beside the wooden rafters. 

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Designed in-house, the blue bar cabinet with wave-patterned shutters houses the mini fridge in the home theatre; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala


Curved backlit mirror on a custom-made counter in-house along with rich burgundy walls escalate the drama within the powder bathroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The passage concludes into a neutral tone and veneer governed expanse housing the family living room, the dining area and an open kitchen. The dining table is anchored as the heart of this space, binding all the areas together. 

Coming to the hidden elements in this space, the wooden ceiling above encloses the HVAC system while the doorway to the parent’s room is camouflaged in the TV wall cladding. The parent’s bedroom and the guest room are accessed through the family living room while the other two bedrooms are connected to the formal living room. 

The family living room accommodates an L-shaped sofa by Hanuzzi with centre table from IKEA, artefacts by studio 21 and carpet by Osaka Furnishings; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Each room is married to its own theme derived from its inhabitants’ tastes. The parent’s room exudes a cosy vibe with its veneer panels, dark wooden floor and curved ceilings with a concealed walk-in-closet.

With a clutter-free flair, the guest bedroom invites with soft pastels and ambient natural light filtering in through the sheers. Picking up on the minimal cues of the communal spaces, the children’s bedroom flaunts a similar aesthetic. Hidden in the vertical louvres are the entrances to the bathroom and the study. 

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Furniture from Hanuzzi, lamp from IKEA and artefacts by studio 21 adorn the parent’s bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Ideas to bookmark – consistent colours and materials

Echoing a Scandinavian and Zen philosophy, the contemporary home revels in marble, veneers, wood and soft fabrics accentuated by a striking flow of natural light throughout its expanse. The studio opts for Japandi theme-inspired muted neutral colours enhanced with its clean lines layout. Soft pastels add the final touch of tranquillity. 

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Furnishing from Osaka Furnishings and side table lamps from studio 21 complement the soft hues of the guest bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
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Finished in Asian Paints Royale Health Shield with artwork from IKEA is the guest bedroom. Chair and table from studio 21, lights from Platinum Lights and rug from Osaka Furnishings; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

What Shruti Vyas fell in love with…

The spaciousness of the home is underrated. “Thoughtfully tucking in the terrace between the two living areas—formal and family, visually opened up the spaces almost 35 feet on either side,” reveals Shruti. 

Lime-finished texture from Asian Paints clads the primary bedroom. Bedding from Osaka Furnishings, side table artefacts from IKEA and switches from Digital Dreams; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Camouflaging entrances was another fun design strategy for the home. “The four door openings at uneven distances within the same space broke the symmetry. We resolved this by concealing the doors with a wood panel with a groove pattern,” adds the designer. 

A soothing wooden backdrop, concealed entrances with deliberate introductions of curves and soft edges sum up the minimal Rajkot home by Shruti Vyas Design.

Faux Venetian windows and a classic jhula decorate the terrace area; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

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