hile there was not even the slightest doubt that the home of Karan Sharma, owner of Marshalls Wallcoverings, would be clad in a variety of wallpapers, it did come to us as a big surprise to see the artistic manner in which the walls and ceilings were done up. Residing on the 27th storey of a luxury high-rise apartment in Central Mumbai, Karan, his wife Aarti and their two sons Aakash and Aayansh occupy an aprox. 1,350 sq. ft. space that is blessed with natural light and ventilation. “The subtle textures and minute patterns of the wallpapers get beautifully highlighted as my home is naturally bright,” Karan says. Designed by Mitesh Chauhan, Udita Dalvi Hemani and Jayna Mehta of Mumbai-based Design Story, the home presents innovative ways to spruce up the decor of the space with the use of wallpaper. The rst thing to notice in this apartment is the rustic gold textured wallpaper pasted along the entrance corridor that passes the kitchen and leads to the living room. This wallpaper was chosen for its durability, as the area is prone to wear-and-tear. Then to break the monotony of the long wall, a digitally-printed colourful elephant motif wallpaper from the ‘India Fusion’ collection by Krsna Mehta is framed here from oor-to-ceiling. Adjoining this wall is the LCD panel that looks like marble, but is, in fact, a wallpaper! An Australian marble mandir inlaid with semi-precious stones is the only area that is designed as per vastu principles and lies in the east corner. The ceiling is also done up in the same golden wallpaper with the dropdown portion in a white textured wallpaper.
On the opposite side, behind the sofa, is a beautiful paisley patterned wallpaper from German designer Ulf Moritz’s collection. A pretty pendant lamp with golden-hued bulbs hangs above the sofa. Two single-seater sofas are upholstered in suede leather in two-toned shades of tan and dark brown, complementing the light beige sofa and golden patterned sheers, which are all from soft furnishing brand Elite Living. All their furniture is bespoke with fabric picked to co-ordinate and complement the wall covering.