A house in technicolour

A house in technicolour

When artist Shital Kothari and her husband Satyen bought the dilapidated, dark and dingy bungalow at more than the market rate, their friends were appalled. However, the sunny, colour-drenched transformation makes the couple’s move from San Francisco to Mumbai well worth the trouble.

Some of the internal walls were knocked down to open up the space; false ceilings and lofts stripped out, leaving exposed beams and free-standing columns; small windows were opened up into large French and picture windows to let in light.

Common, low-maintenance local materials make a warm home minus the splurge. Pillars clad in Jaisalmer stone and bright yellow walls are echoed in lines of the sandstone demarcating spaces across the open-plan ground floor: foyer, living room, dining area and Shital’s studio. Upstairs, the same stone lines the master bath and dressing area. Dark wood furniture provides a warm contrast, along with the bright hues of textiles and accessories.

Vivid tints unite as well as distinguish the various living spaces in this home.

Also Seeliving room, entrance to the ground floor, master suite, studio and daughter Zoe’s room.

Text: Priya Madhavdas

Photographs: Pradnaya Gulwani


Location: Juhu-Tara Road, Mumbai

Area: 1,600 sq. ft (living space) + 1,500 sq. ft (outdoor space, including terrace and garden)

Owners: Shital and Satyen Kothari

Duration: Nine months

Materials: Marbonite floor tiles; yellow or cream paint on walls and brown on some beams; Jaisalmer stone on columns and cladding for wet areas

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