in­te­ri­ors

In de­signer Krsnaa Me­hta’s Mum­bai apart­ment, Seletti lamps are just as much at home as the red chairs, fuch­sia cush­ions and flo­ral wall­pa­per.

India Today - - CONTENTS - BY ADITI PAI

HUES IN CHARGE

With equal mea­sure of colour and drama, de­signer Krsnaa Me­hta's Mum­bai apart­ment is a vis­ual de­light.

Aquirky In­dia Cir­cus foot­print door­mat is your first brush with Krsnaa Me­hta’s colour­ful Ped­dar Road home. As you step in­side wait­ing to dis­cover more of his cre­ations, a riot of colours—red, blue, pink and green—and beau­ti­ful arte­facts wel­comes you into a vi­brant and cosy space which the fa­mous de­signer shares with two friendly cats. “I am a firm be­liever that a per­son’s home should be a true re­flec­tion of their per­son­al­ity. In­te­ri­ors add a cer­tain facet to the soul of your home and play an in­te­gral part in mak­ing a house a home,” he says. His home, pre­dictably, re­flects his de­signs and of­fers a cre­ative show­case of his works that adorn sev­eral homes through In­dia Cir­cus. The lat­est from his brand, most def­i­nitely, comes home. Ev­ery lamp, side ta­ble, wall art and decor piece is thought­fully and neatly placed in dif­fer­ent parts of the house. While most are his own de­signs, there are sev­eral art pieces that have been gifted by friends or col­lected by the de­signer as sou­venirs dur­ing his trav­els. There are no rules that he fol­lows while de­sign­ing a space; all he looks out for is a mix of eclec­tic colours and strate­gi­cally placed art and decor pieces. “Ev­ery room is de­signed and dec­o­rated for its spe­cific pur­pose,” he says. What was ear­lier a guest room has been con­verted into his “en­ter­tain­ment-den” and is vastly dif­fer­ent from the liv­ing area and bed­room.

Brush Strokes Red, blue, pink and or­ange meet ef­fort­lessly in Me­hta’s home. The liv­ing room shows off wall­pa­pers (from In­dia Cir­cus) and art­works, all beau­ti­fully com­ple­mented by vi­brant up­hol­stery and fur­ni­ture. Red chairs stand a few feet away from a blue sofa with fuch­sia and pink cush­ions in dif­fer­ent shapes that rest against a bright red wall. Right op­po­site is a large wall with printed wall­pa­per that has im­ages of flow­ers and a boat sail­ing. The light tones of the wall get a burst of colour with or­ange chairs and a bright blue-green lamp­shade with im­ages of but­ter­flies, placed be­tween

the chairs. The de­signer’s favourite colours are aubergine, fuch­sia and teal, “as this par­tic­u­lar pal­ette of burnt colours adds a sense of co­he­sive­ness to the col­lec­tion”. Bright yellow is a big no for him un­less it is used with other colours, “or fletches of it here and there, but never solo.”

Sou­venirs Mem­o­ries of Me­hta’s many “es­capades around the globe” have a spe­cial place in the house. He has a beau­ti­ful Ard­more trin­ket from the South African her­itage brand and an ar­ray of Seletti lamps, of which one is sculpted in the form of a swan and an­other as a pic­turesque mon­key.

Right Com­bi­na­tions Me­hta rec­om­mends us­ing the right com­bi­na­tion of colours de­pend­ing on the nat­u­ral light ev­ery room gets. If a room gets am­ple nat­u­ral light, dark colours work well. In a dimly lit room, light hues are best.

Sea­sonal Pal­ette “In­door greens are some­thing one must have to keep the home nat­u­rally cool. Bright hues in cush­ion cov­ers, trop­i­cal prints on rugs, wall­pa­pers, mats are ab­so­lute es­sen­tials to make a home ready for the sea­son,” he says. While picking prints and colours, Me­hta sug­gests that na­ture should be an in­spi­ra­tion. Sim­i­lar el­e­ments in prints should be picked to com­ple­ment each and other and black and white can be used to bal­ance out colours. “There’s an en­tire the­ory be­hind how one should pick colours. Mostly colours with tinted tones com­ple­ment each other. Even op­po­site colours com­ple­ment one an­other,” he says.

HUE KNEW The vi­brant din­ing room (left); Krsnaa Me­hta in his en­ter­tain­ment den with his two cats (right)

RED ALERT The colour­ful liv­ing room is home to art, col­lectibles and sou­venirs (left); a beau­ti­ful wall­pa­per frames the wall next to the din­ing (below)

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