Celebrated Designer Nisha Jamwal on her Home Interiors

The Story of My Home Dated:  Jan. 6, 2015
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This week we find out what celebrated columnist, luxury brand consultant, interior architect Nisha Jamwal's home looks like. Like herself and the designs she is best known for, this award winning designer's home is lively with a touch of the whimsical. Here is the lady herself on her design philosophy...

A colored wallA colored wall

My design philosophy is one which goes for style that is effortless, that goes beyond trends, times and whats in or whats out. One that works and what looks good in any environment, one that makes a statement and looks stunning any time of the night or day, not just when guests come calling! 

BedroomCounterpanes & Wall Embellishments add drama

I have a penchant for opening up spaces that allow one to breathe and feel expansive. Light and space form the theme of every space I design.

I have eliminated as far as possible cumbersome and conventional furniture objects in my design. The entire drama and decor is created in the design and lighting of the apartment through the interplay of material, textures, glass, tile, stone wood mosaic! It’s indeed a striking effect. Window seats alongside large picture windows are a hallmark of my design  created especially for light and view, and extends along the entire width of the room if possible.

Living Room with Open kitchenLiving Room with Open kitchen

Open kitchens with all aesthetic possibilities are functional, user friendly, and most of all avant garde and futuristic and often seen in my design.

Silver Leafing Can spruce up an old dowdy pieceSilver Leafing Can spruce up an old dowdy piece

The highpoint of any space I design is lighting which I devise with special care and thought so as to enhance architectural features and I infuse this into the space I design to bring out the textures and color of the medley of materials used. Indirect white lights from under window-seats and tables and under kitchen cabinets are often contrived to give a softness and warmth of glow and are designed to be used at nights without turning on the direct lights- the intent was to create a romantic or even subtle relaxed mood. The direct light is given by the use of  brushed steel and white milky frost glass lamps and wall sconces.

Spicing it up with colourSpicing it up with colour

The mundane does not excite me so I am mostly attracted to the drama of stone and like materials with texture in their natural form. Stone - rough and textured in copper golds clad on the walls and on the floor a silver grey juxtaposed with glazed ‘bansi pahadpur' stone that shine inlayed between silvers of the slate has me in rhapsodies!

dramatic Sculpture & galleryDramatic Sculpture, Gallery type collage of Paintings

The drama of art, history, travel, vignettes of my life, lack of adherence to rules of matchy match, the fact that as soon as you enter you are riveted by the profusion of contemporary art juxtaposed with ancient thanjavur, mysore, Orissa, Bengal art. The fact that with all this the home does not look cluttered but maintains serenity and harmony, the fact that the sea from the picture windows is part of the interior as if it is part of the design.  I have just allowed the home to speak and create with me, I have not ‘done up’ the home at all, I have allowed it to grow into what it is- kaleidoscopic, eclectic, a profusion of art, antiques, ancient furniture from my royal lineage and my own family’s passion for art, our legacy. My home is contemporary despite its antique art collection, it is dramatic, flamboyant, very much like me, making no apology for breaking established design rules.

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