Witness an epicurean ballet of design and function in this Bengaluru home by Houseof9Design
JAN 25, 2024 | By Virender Singh
In this East Side Residence in Bengaluru’s Koramangala, an orchestra of sustainable materiality, utilitarianism and muted, earthy hues that reminisce upon Nordic highlands hits all the right notes.
Designed by Houseof9Design’s founder and creative designer Nain Belliappa, a fundamental tenet in her visual language is to re-establish the connection with one’s surroundings, underscored by the prioritisation of durable materials. Through this house, she goes cherry picking through majestic fjords and untamed tundra icefields of the northern latitudes, to resurrect a hygge mindfulness for the homeowners — a young, corporate couple who just want “their home to truly reflect them and be a tranquil sanctuary when they return.”
Maintaining the original structure and executed by Tattva Lifespaces, all 1300 sq ft of this well-demarcated, light-filled space “exists in a constant state of dialogue laden with accents of hues and textures,” she says.
The art of subtlety
An infallible way of incorporating Scandi design principles is to enliven your walls with subtle shades of beige, cream or white. Belliappa goes a step further with her fluted panels below the dado, a playful riff of texture that also adds depth, which makes the neutral chic foyer exude an almost twinkle-eyed contentment. It is no wonder that the arched bone inlay console, breathtaking in cerulean, stands out with an ostensible panache. A one-seater bench beckons you to sit down and untie your laces, next to the impeccably appointed shoe cabinets, making sure that most of the space is “filled with practical storage solutions for a compact home.”
Striking a balance
A vintage room divider with ribbed glass panels blocking the entryway reluctantly submits to the seamlessness of an open floor plan, small yet impactful sections unfolding contiguously as you explore the house further. Tactile diversity is introduced into the living space with an intricate hand-knotted rug from Jaipur Rugs, impressionistic plaster-on-canvas wall art from Calcuttan gallery and bespoke Amber Stitch cushion covers that make the sofa look more inviting than ever. A menagerie of house plants, rippled coffee tables and custom-made oak armchairs tie the scene together with an irrefutable vitality, but nowhere does it feel over layered — a Swedish word lagom comes to mind, which roughly translates into, “just the right amount.”
Embracing quality craftsmanship
“The dining room would be the studio’s favourite and we love how it came together,” gushes Belliappa. A French country themed chandelier from Whispering Homes unspools a lambent glow that makes every meal a splendidly intimate affair, while the sturdy dining table with built-in storage seating and chairs, emphasises functionalism without sacrificing beauty. Scandinavian interior design recognises the value of soundly assembled pieces, made to last for a long time, in an ode to footprint-conscious handiwork. After all, one’s home must reflect the inhabitants’ core values, an extension of how they want to live.
A soothing, bleached grey washes over the kitchen cabinetry, offset by nostalgic pop-in patterned flooring. Each drawer, cinnamon coloured shelf and utility compartment is dedicated to specific storage needs, getting the most possible out of the given space.
A measure of joy
The master bedroom is a heartwarming soliloquy of dusty rose curtains, layered panels on the wainscoting and an influx of wood parquetry underfoot. Pendant spherical lamps cast an otherworldly pallor upon the sturdily crafted oak and rattan bed, while artisanal jute wall decor and the L-shaped wardrobe neatly tucked in a corner, impart a nonchalant bohemianism that trickles into the narrative. The study, a vibrant half-bedroom, doubles up as a home office in colonial blue and peppered with artefacts from journeys around the globe.
The guest bedroom is bedecked in a smouldering grey, its wooden-framed bed with a blue fabric headboard and sensibly linear wardrobe comprising a tableau of cultivated elegance.
Houseof9Design amalgamates a decluttering of physical space with epicurean domesticity, touting the value of quality essentials that make life worth living, unencumbered by the juggernaut of post-industrial era gluttony.