White Magic

by Good Homes

Good Homes
June 24, 2020

White Magic

The home designed for a young couple centres around their love for Mumbai

If you looked at the décor, you might think this penthouse is located in Santorini in Greece. Surprisingly, it is in Pune, though the owners drew inspiration from a memorable trip to the volcanic island a few years ago. The blue and white holiday home evokes the romance and cornucopia of Greece. “Since the space was to be used as a weekend getaway, we wanted it to be fun, laid-back and vibrant. The inspiration was the owner Vishal Jain’s travels to Greece. So we went with the idea of a white space with splashes of yellow and blue interspersed with various patterns and textures,” explains designer Natasha Shah of Between Walls

The glass entrance door, inspired by water, instantaneously puts you at ease. White invokes a sense of calm and serenity, an almost innate feeling of transperency. Talk about first impressions!

“I’d describe my style of designing as fusion. Fusion of modern with rustic or modern with traditional. I love designing modern spaces with a rustic touch to it.”
-Natasha Shah, Founder, Between Walls

The house was designed for a young couple who had just shifted from Mumbai. “When they came to BetweenWalls, the only thing they had in mind was that they wanted a house that makes them feel like they were on a holiday every single day. Their passion for travelling and their love for beaches was the only brief this project was based on,” informs Natasha Jain, Founder, BetweenWalls.

“White makes the space look large and crisp. But one has to be very careful while using white as it can also make the area look cold. Using right colours to enhance white and make it look subtle and warm is extremely important.”
-Natasha Shah, Founder, Between Walls

The design narrative, with white playing the protagonist supported elegantly with pops of blue, vibrant yellow and rustic turquoise, is articulate. Being on the 10th floor gave them yet another advantage — that of ample natural light. The natural light coupled with the pristine white backdrop lends this home just what the owners wanted — an easy-breezy vacation vibe. The living room depicts the beauty of contrasting colours of the summer sun and winter blues. The generous use of wood adds a touch of warmth to the space.

“I tend to use a lot of blues and greens in most of my projects. An analogous colour palette expresses consistency and uniformity. It also depends on each project, it’s concept and context play a very important role.”
-Natasha Shah, Founder, Between Walls
“I love white. It makes the space look large and crisp. But one has to be very careful while using white as it can also make the area look cold. Using right colours to enhance white and make it look subtle and warm is extremely important”
-Natasha Shah, Founder, Between Walls

The child’s love for animals is reflected in his room’s decor. Customised curtains and decor elements make the room look clean, crisp and mature. The stairs of the bunk bed has a storage for his toys. The dining is made out of natural wood. Rustic nature of wood has been kept intact with a natural polish. A bench seating makes the dining more informal and picnic like. To break the monotonous use of kitchen dado tile, Natasha used the same bold black and white stripes. White plays the protagonist in this home with pops of blue and yellow making a regular appearance.

“The only thing the clients had in mind when they approached us was that they wanted a house that makes them feel like they were on a holiday every single day.”
-Natasha Shah, Founder, Between Walls