When Dhara Naik Pandya, founder of Ahmedabad-based interior design and architecture firm DNP Design Studio, wanted to renovate her two storied bungalow, she knew there was only one person who could do it justice to it — she, herself.
Dhara and her husband desired a modern and minimal home, which felt open and uncluttered. The 2,000-square-feet bungalow is for three generations—Dhara Naik Pandya and her husband, their two young daughters and Dhara’s father-in-law. The bungalow comprises three bedrooms and a study, besides living and dining areas, a kitchen, and a balcony. Each piece of furniture in the home has been customised with materials and finishes that create a harmonious look in each room. Pandya kept the furnishings and accessories minimal to make the space feel quiet and serene. Clean lines and a muted colour scheme define this home that’s tastefully elegant, welcoming and practical.
The bungalow’s interiors are evocative of Scandinavian design. The home showcases a subdued colour palette, playing primarily with shades of grey. “We call our home the grey house because of its colour palette. My husband and I always wanted a very modern yet minimal home. We were very sure on using just three materials in the entire house—ash wood, concrete and metal. We didn’t want our house’s design aesthetic to be too loud in terms of colour and material palette. The only space I have used colour was in our daughters’ bedroom. They are very young and they wanted their room to be colourful and fun. Even in their bedroom, I did manage to use a shade of grey in combination with the vibrant pink,” mentions Dhara Naik Pandya, principal architect, DNP Design Studio.
Open and airy
This Ahmedabad bungalow’s living and dining area is a bright and airy space with thoughtfully curated furniture and decor pieces. The living room features contemporary grey and pink custom designed sofas, abstract artwork, and unique decor pieces. The textured wall with metal frames in the living area is the highlight of the space. It adds a rustic yet modern touch to the home. The living area opens into the dining area and kitchen, making it the perfect space for hosting. The dining area comprises a six-person, custom made dining table with a marble table top and a striking, modern chandelier. The dining area flows into a contemporary kitchen with sleek brown cabinets, a grey backsplash, black marble countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances. As the family loves to cook, the kitchen has ample storage.
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