This Modern Mumbai Apartment Has Bold Black and White Flooring in Every Room… and a Beautiful Balcony
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Name: Jason Wadhwani and my wife
Location: Bandra — Mumbai, India
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, owned
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I had already been living in my apartment for about nine years when I realized it was time for a serious change aesthetically as well as functionally. The house had to reflect the personalities and lifestyles of my wife and I, so I started off designing the space with a very monochromatic palette, which is usually the jumping-off point for all my projects (I’m an architect and interior designer and own a small boutique design studio in Mumbai) but injected with some quirkinesses and warmth. I started off doing this by:
- 1. Cladding the existing white marble floors with an engineered wooden flooring in the living room to balance out the very white wall surfaces.
- 2. I did the opposite in the bedrooms where I retained the original Portuguese white marble flooring but balanced that out with darker and warmer wall claddings.
- 3. A lot of quirky art combined with a lot of plants around the living room also toned the monochromatic palette down and injected some warmth to the space.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Contemporary Monochromatic Cozy Graphic
What is your favorite room and why? Our favorite room would have to be the living and dining space. It’s one space but exudes a lot warmth and when we entertain, it’s very easy to move about without feeling overcrowded. Also I love the graphic black and white striped wallpaper and a lot of the art around the space. I’ve collected some very interesting work by new Indian contemporary artists.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? It was a Flos Bellhop table lamp, which is just so convenient to move about and take with you you wherever you go.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t follow trends. It’s your personal space! Do what you love with it. It’s one space that will reflect you as a person. But one thing that I tell all my clients is to first visualize the space in white and then build on it from there.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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