Stained glass arches, wooden jalis and a combination of bright and pastel colours evoke Moroccan charm in this Mumbai home by Studio Node
How do you translate a brief which says “Middle-Eastern vibe” into the interiors? Nothing spells that better than the colours of the sky, sun and sand, which is exactly what Studio Node did in this 960 sq ft, 3 BHK apartment. They introduced bright yellows, pale blues and earthy browns in the interiors for an inherently Moroccan look.
As you walk past the entryway, you’ll notice the little details – a wooden jali used as a cupboard door, arched doors fitted with stained glass and painted ceramic crockery used as wall decor. Borrowing elements in small doses from a theme you want to recreate is the best way to stay true to the style without going overboard.
In the living cum dining space, a two-tone wall balances the bright spurts of colour. The carpet from the entryway extends here as well, giving a sense of continuity by making the spaces flow into each other. A typical middle-eastern jali-like feature stands out as the focal point in the room.
Another thing you’ll notice is how different types of flooring have been used to separate spaces. While you’ll find a light blue carpet running through the living room and the entryway, a small balcony has been carved out by using a deep ochre floor. This same pattern is followed in the bedrooms as well.
While using several colours in the house, it is important to maintain some semblance of balance. Remember, you have to live with these shades day in and day out, so pick colours that you would want to live with. For instance, in this house, the bright furniture and flooring are balanced by pale, dual-toned walls. In fact, even the tall potted plants play an important role in providing some visual relief.
As with this house, inspiration for your house can come from anywhere, but what the Pinterest boards won’t tell you is to customise and personalise as much as you can. Temper the look and feel to suit your needs – here too, while the colours might reflect a Moroccan palette, gold accents add an Indian touch.
To reconcile the client’s desire for busy interiors, Studio Node strategically introduced side tables to display artefacts and hold planters. The wooden tables blend into the background while also becoming a sort of display space for curios.
The entryway gives a glimpse into what to expect in the house – bold motifs on a pale background and bursts of bright colours balanced against a white wall. If your house has a slight passage leading upto your living room, you can enhance it by using different coloured tiles.
A small balcony has been carved out of a section in the living room by using different flooring. Here, the eccentric wooden chair stands out from the rest of the upholstered furniture, providing a visual break. In keeping with the over-all Moroccan theme, plates with mid-eastern prints are used as wall décor.
Another way to highlight the wall behind the bed is by doing custom work. If you are short on space, attached bed-side tables can come to your aid. To diffuse the lighting, use sheer curtains.
Experiment with your headboard to add an extra dimension to your bedroom. Plater of Paris mouldings are used a decorative element. You can also create a photo gallery using by framing your favourite photographs and hanging them here.
While the rest of the house has relatively brighter colours, the kitchen has intrinsically earthy shades. We love the interplay of the different tiles used as a backsplash, almost mirroring the floor. If you’re looking at adding some colour in the kitchen, the best way to do so is by using a vibrant backsplash.
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