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A symbol of new life, charm and grace, the frangipani is a flower known for its gorgeous colours, beauty and subtle fragrance. And exuding just these vibes is TaP Design Inc's recent project which is a vibrant 1,500 square feet apartment located in Bengaluru’s bustling Rajajinagar. Aptly called The House Frangipani, this airy three-bedroom apartment located on the 21st floor of a high-rise is home to a multi-generational family of five. With a clear focus on traditional yet timeless elements like wood and marble, the brief was to keep the design chic and functional without being overwhelming in terms of home décor accents. Flower motifs, lattice shutters and textures with stately patterns reflect the subtle influences of Rajasthan, where the family traces its roots. Beautiful Homes spoke to designers Sneha Talati and Iesha Parekh Shellugar of the Bengaluru-based TaP Design Inc. about this home’s design journey and how they managed to give traditional elements a new dimension. Excerpts from the interview:

Beautiful Homes: What makes this home unique for you as a design studio, and what are the highlights of the design?

TaP Design Inc.: Functionality over aesthetics was the essence of the brief from the homeowners as they are really not fans of elaborate or ostentatious decor. Being rooted in tradition, they were very particular about using marble and wood which they have had in every home they’ve lived in. So, marrying practicality with aesthetics, balancing form and function and introducing textures to elevate the look and feel of the space were the highlights of the design process.  Accentuating classical elements to give it an understated elegance without being too flamboyant or overly grandiose was key to the design journey.

BH: What are some of the distinctive features of the design in the individual spaces?

TDI: We have tried to introduce some interesting elements to give conventional materials an enhanced look. For instance, the flooring of the entire house is marble but only in the 9-year-old daughter’s room, we have used pigmented cement tiles that have marble chips embedded in them which makes it look like terrazzo tiles. The pastel hue of the tiles also makes it look distinctive and this serves to break the monotony of the marble used in all the other spaces. To complement the marble, we have used onyx stone for the dining and coffee table top.

Another highlight is the furniture which is customised and made in solid teak wood. The four-poster teak wood bed in the child’s room is hand carved making it an exclusive piece. Since the 

Upgrade your balcony wall with colourful hand painted mural replete with images of flowers & birds - Beautiful Homes

The balcony wall is adorned with a colourful hand painted mural replete with images of flowers and birds all of which add a sense of vibrance to the space.

owners wanted to use wood but preferred a lighter colour palette, we have stained the legs and the frame of the bed in a light colour rather than polishing it in the usual dark walnut or brown shade. We built fully upholstered single beds in the couples’ parents’ room to add in colour and break the monotony of solid wood. It also creates an illusion of space as this bedroom is slighter smaller.

BH: Tell us about the storage options.

TDI: The storage is crafted in veneer plywood which is old school but again stained in a natural hue called Desert beige from Asian paints which gives it a contemporary, breezy look as the clients wanted to avoid the ‘heavy wood’ look. All units also have brass incorporated as an inlay material with the puja unit having a full-fledged lattice shutter crafted with an ultra-thin brass sheet.  

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The TV unit crafted in veneered plywood has an unconventional yet elegant look as it has been finished in a shade of beige. It complements the marble flooring as well as the wallpaper. The muted colour palette perfectly ties these diverse elements together.

The four-poster teak bed in the child’s bedroom is finished in a shade of beige - Beautiful Homes

The four-poster teak bed in the child’s bedroom is finished in a shade of beige. The posters and mirror frame were handcrafted and are a highlight of the design aesthetic as is the wallpaper which is from Asian Paints’ Nilaya range. Replete with floral motifs, this one adds a lush texture to the wall.

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The master bedroom has a double bed crafted in solid wood but stained in a light hue to give it a unique look. Complementing this is the headboard and sides that have been upholstered in Nilaya by Asian Paints fabric, from the special collection by fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

BH: Elaborate a bit about the textures, art and lighting options you have used in the house.

TDI: The home owners were not keen to introduce too much texture on the wall, so cladding or any kind of ornamentation on the surface was a big no. So, we decided to use wallpaper by Asian Paints to give the walls a subtle makeover. The prints are refined and reflect understated opulence and organic luxury. For the living room, we chose a heritage pattern inspired by Benarasi brocade which again matched the clients’ sensibilities. The walls of the daughter’s room have a layered floral print inspired by the royal mansions of Chettinad. The furnishing of the master bedroom including the headboard of the bed, seating area and other pieces have a regal vibe and were also sourced from Asian Paints.

In terms of the artwork, we have hand painted murals in the foyer and balcony as well as some simple art frames on the walls. The imagery is again floral to introduce subtle Rajasthani influences but we have changed the typology of the flowers to add a modern touch. The lighting fixtures are classic and functional and we have used an eclectic combination of wall lights, table lamps, statement ceiling fixtures and floor lamps. Some of them have been sourced from White Teak from Asian Paints.

BH: Were there any challenges when designing this home and how did you overcome them?

TDI: The main challenge was to accommodate the diverse preferences of three generations and keeping everyone happy. Since they wanted to use time-honoured elements but did not want anything to be visually overpowering, we had to find ways and means to keep them understated yet not compromising on the aesthetics. Introducing novel touches to traditional materials, adding Rajasthan-inspired elements as well as having a complete tone-on-tone colour palette comprising of pastels and neutrals were some aspects that really excited us.


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