Cricket star Yuvraj Singh’s home featured in season 6 of Asian Paints Where the Heart Is, displays subtle elements with well-planned flashes of flamboyance
A cricketing icon known for his stylish gameplay on the pitch, Yuvraj Singh’s personal preferences are more muted. They move in the spectrum of neutrals, with a specific partiality to light greys and whites—and wood with well-placed hints of the brighter hues. That’s apparent in his expansive and lovingly put together Chandigarh home. “My dream was to have a house surrounded by mountains. We wanted an open house with lots of light,” says Singh’s mother.
A stunning home surrounded by mountains with double-height windows that let out into a garden, this two-storey structure has a very contemporary facade with geometric patterns. They used a mix and match of elements, forgoing just marble to avoid monotony and opting for a complement of materials. “We wanted to use teakwood in the house,” he says. The home within its contemporary shell features hints of metal and unmistakable luxury and interesting furniture choices, including a jaw-dropping sculpted seat that occupies floor space in one of the many living room-style spaces dotting the house.
For the family, the most significant highlight, though, is the memorabilia wall from his cricketing days. Singh’s spectacular achievements are on display and occupy a central wall visible from any part of the house. The subtle undertones are a fine canvas for the bright colours used on the upholstery, the lavishly sized furniture pieces and the sculptural lights used throughout the space. It’s also, inevitably, embellished with sporting paraphernalia that includes a table tennis table, billiards table, gym or recovery pool. A rooftop terrace for city gazing and relaxing over tea rounds out the structure.
But what makes this house a home are the memories it is founded on and the promise of memories yet to be made. As Singh says, it is “your family that makes your home”.
Singh had a lot of space to play with in his two-storey home when it came to adding in everything that was of significance to every member of the family. While city homes may be on the back foot when it comes to space, the overarching contemporary aesthetic overlaid with thoughtful use of diverse materials to build in warmth is fodder for inspiration. Particularly if you can rifle through the Beautiful Homes Service Style Guide for on-the-spot references.
Making the most of the space available, and yet retaining a level of intimacy is possible to do even in a generous living area like Singh’s. It all depends on finding the right furniture pieces and careful arrangement. The Berlin sectional 3-seater sofa or a similar variation from the Sicily sofa fronted by a broad upholstered ottoman, like this Rio piece in a similar or complementary colour will give your spacious living room an inviting look. You can also add in a couple of armchairs, like the Berlin 1 seater if you have some more space for it. Singh added an industrial-style floor lamp between his living and dining area that functions as décor, as would White Teak’s Garden of Eden floor lamp next to your sofa.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys hosting dinner parties at home—and has the space for it—Singh’s plush dining room is an ideal primer to create your own tastefully designed dining room. Nothing evokes luxury like marble, and the dark slab of the Lazzaro with its stylised base or the marble-topped Foresta dining tables can be quite the centrepiece. Either would pair well with the Foresta chairs (which are available in a multitude of fabric shades) or you can do what Singh did and upholster it in leather. A Jewel of My Heart or the Sophistication crystal pendant lights by White Teak would be the crowning glory for your dining area.
An open plan in your living area offers much in terms of how you can use the space. Singh’s voluminous living room area on the ground floor with its tall ceilings and subtle colours is an uninterrupted free-flowing space, with a dining area near the floor-to-ceiling windows. And a clean-lined dining table is a great way to notch up the cosiness quotient. The Alder dining table and chairs should help you with that.
The best part about an expansive home with multiple storeys is the sheer variations in seating arrangements you can have. Singh did just that with another seating area playing things on a subtler scale. The plush look, however, is unmistakable and easily achievable with the Agusto 2-seater in tan paired with the Seychelles wingback armchair. If you have slightly more room, add another wingback armchair in complementary colours (or just go with the Agusto accent chair and make a set) and you’ve got the opulence down just right. Keep the other accessories minimal and focus on the ceiling for a sculptural touch with a contemporary White Teak chandelier, like the Glow and Hustle or How We Play fixtures.
If you enjoy the idea of escaping for some me time or want a distraction-free den-like zone for yourself, then you’d need to set the stage for solitude. While a room to convert into a den is ideal, you can find a comfortable corner in your bedroom too. The Agusto 1 seater (single if it’s a nook and a pair if you have a room) is just the ticket to delight in the sink-back-in-comfort look. Another alternative in fabric is the Winchester tufted wing chair.
A rooftop terrace is not something everyone can have but a balcony or a verandah of your home can certainly be well used. Add some plants and some outdoor chairs and tables and you can engage with nature while you have your morning or evening tea. Or just simply be.
As homes go, Singh’s is a space built for family, where you can spend time in the company of those you love, soaking up the quiet and languishing in nature.