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

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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:

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  • 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.
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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Contemporary Monochromatic Cozy Graphic

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.