Ethnic Outlook

India is known for its rich heritage and culture. A range of fabrics, motifs and prints representing the culture can be used to enhance your home décor. Arrivae gets in touch with experts to help you deck up interiors inspired by the ethnic theme.

Architect Sanjiv Thakur

Client Expectation: Desired a simple look and heritage feel and easy to maintain interiors.

Uniquely Yours Solution: Used warli paintings and purchased paintings from Indian artist Kishore Nadivadekar depicting village scene to achieve the depth of authenticity in the house.

What were the different elements used in the house to achieve heritage look and feel?

Mr. Manhar Modi desired an ethnic theme interior and we took the opportunity to deck up the interiors with unique elements like Shyam Ahuja cotton fabric and bright prints. The uniqueness of this fabric is the comfort factor. To highlight the traditional theme for Mr. Manhar Modi’s interiors, one of the walls was highlighted with traditional warli painting. White paint was used on the wall and ceiling. We convinced the client about warli paintings and its authenticity and he liked the idea very much. The living and balcony areas have been given an ethnic essence with clay pots. On the wall, clay tile Ganpati painting was used. As far as embellishments are concerned, wooden pelmets were used for curtains. To enrich the space with old world charm, Bharat tile flooring (the roots of these style can be traced back to the British era) has been used. Oxidized handles in the living room completes the look of the space. Red Koba work has been used in the balcony.

What is the USP of this project?

Painting that depicts Indian village scene was purchased from Indian artist named Kishore Nadivadekar. It enhances the interiors as it gives the required depth and brings to light the Indian village scene. This painting has been used in the living and bedroom.

Would you like to talk about any unique elements used in the kitchen?

We have used mosaic prints on tiles in the kitchen. This option is expensive compared to marble and gives a heritage like feel. For the platform, Kota has been used against green interiors and 6/6 tiles with some sort of printing and glass mosaic inserts in tiles above the kitchen platform and walls. For the kitchen cabinet, C2 material has been used. This material is a combination of marble, white cement and ash and has a stone finish. Available in yellow, green, blue, white and other basic colours, C2 has a marble like feel. Used extensively in five star hotels, C2 gives a feeling of grandeur to the space. Sliding glass shutters have been used for the kitchen cabinet.

Did you face any difficulty while executing the project?

Considering the ethnic theme to be used for the project, we had to source different kind of material. Sourcing and easy accessibility to material was one of the major challenges faced. We had to place order for the material two months in advance.

How much time did you take to complete the project?

The entire project (3 BHK house including civil, electrical, POP and furniture work) was completed in three and a half months.

How did you manage to achieve a traditional look and feel for the bedroom?

We used teakwood for bed and cabinets. To complete the heritage look and feel in the bedroom, brass hinges and handles were used. You will also find oxidized handles in use here.

What design element did you use in the bathroom to give it an ethnic feel?

We used 6/6 white and yellow and orange tiles in the bathroom. Instead of keeping the plumbing concealed, we did steel plumbing from outside making it visible.

How did the customer react to the interiors?

Manhar Modi liked it very much.

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