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Dark colours and turn of the century furniture pieces come together in this medieval-inspired home by Tejal Mathur

It’s a home straight out of a medieval French chateau – cement panelled walls, beaten leather couches and wood and metal furniture against grey walls and chequered floors running alongside stained wood herringbone. Of course, once you step into the house, you realise it could be none other than Mumbai based designer Tejal Mathur who brought to life neoclassical European influences in this 2,800 sq ft sea-facing apartment.

If there ever was love at first sight, this house was it for us. From the moment you step in, you keep discovering more details. It helps that the apartment is awash in sunlight streaming in from the wood slatted windows. The expansive living room is covered in tobacco stained wood, with concrete panels covering the walls. Tall, reclaimed wood doors separate the make-shift balcony seating from the rest of the space. For full impact, all the furniture too follows the grey monochrome theme.

The master bedroom too, follows this scheme. Sourced pillars frame the bed while cast-iron roof supporters form an interesting visual. If you want to create a visual demarcation in your room, use two different kinds of flooring, the way it has been done in the bedroom.

The large living room integrates a dining table and a makeshift balcony. Instead of curtains, the windows are covered by wooden slats which allow light to stream in, giving the space a light, mellow glow. Though there are three different styles of lights used in the space, it doesn’t affect the overall cohesion.

To stay true to the brief, several pieces were sourced from Restoration Hardware, especially the vintage lights and antique chandeliers. What we especially love is how the differently sourced pieces fit well together with handmade and bespoke fittings prepared by Tejal and her karigars.

So, if you’re redoing your house and want to experiment with colours other than pastels and the usual white, take a leaf from this home and give grey, blacks and browns a spin.

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