Scandinavian Fervour

Interior designer Rohit Bhoite converts a three-BHK bachelor pad in Mumbai into a home with a distinct Nordic aesthetic.


Interior designer Rohit Bhoite

Contemporary properties maximize practical living space so home owners can spend quality time with their loved ones. These modern designs are inclusive of embracing interiors. Therefore, when a client is decisive and has a distinct idea of what his home ought to be, then the project becomes more challenging and fun. Case in point, Rahul Tujlapurkar’s 1,700-square-foot flat at Bandra in suburban Mumbai, which used to be a bachelor pad. The residence was mostly utilized to play games and watch movies, entertain friends and unwind; while another 3-BHK apartment in the same building (on the fifth floor) was used by his parents, wife and sister. However, when Rahul and the missus, Reema, were expecting a baby, the couple decided to refurbish the bachelor pad and move into a new home.

Neutral colours, white floors and an open plan are the defining characteristics of Scandinavian interior design. A similar design philosophy has been deftly applied in this living area.

Enter Rohit Bhoite, a young and promising interior designer who took up the job to design the space in-sync with the needs of the clients. Having travelled extensively, the clients had their heart set on European sensibilities. After a few rounds of discussion, the clients and the designer decided upon a Scandinavian-inspired theme. Renowned for their simplicity, utility, and beauty, Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared-back style packed with functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of light is considered to be extremely important here and the houses are characterized by the use of earthy muted tones, distinct materials and minimal ornamentation.

But there was a challenge. Rahul wanted a space that would double up as an entertainment zone too! His wife on the other hand, wanted a stylish set-up. However, with the baby due in seven months, there was also a time restriction at play, so the kitchen and bathrooms remained untouched.

Extending from the living area, wooden furniture, artificial marble flooring and grey linen wallpaper in the dining space make for one cohesive space.

Rohit’s plan for the house was well fleshed out for the living room. When it came to the colour palette, white was the predominant hue (on the walls and flooring) with accent colours appearing on the furniture and accessories. Artificial marble cut-outs were used to create an interesting pattern on the living and dining floors. Grey grouting has been done to achieve a shimmery effect on this flooring as well. Keeping with the Scandinavian theme, the designer has used statement pieces from Italy, Turkey and Australia in the living with wood at its base. The Italian tan leather sofa and the plush chairs create a warm atmosphere, while the huge television on the wall and the state-of-the-art speaker that looks like a dish antenna is proof of Rahul’s love for sports and movies. The designer made sure he fitted task, mood and accent lights in the room to suit various occasions. While doing up the space, he also realized that the balcony (which extends from the living to the bedroom) looks out upon an elevated garden of another building. By placing plants in the balcony as well as in the living area, Rohit created layers of green to bring the garden into the space and make it one.

The dining area too has a similar language. The grey linen wallpaper continues down the length of a wall in the dining room creating symmetry between the two spaces. The custom-made wooden fan, table and chairs add to the warm yet simplistic vibe of the space. Accent pieces like a mustard-coloured chair and bench in the dining table break the monotony of the area. Rohit explains further, “Since this is family of three, we kept just four chairs. The kitchen is right behind the bench (which comes in handy to accommodate guests) and we kept it there
for easy flow of food.”

The copper Tom Dixon lights suspended from the ceiling create alluring patterns when lit.

As for the personal areas, the master bedroom, accessed through the dining space, sports Australian white marble flooring. “We tried to create a fading effect through flooring, from the dining to the bedroom,” says Rohit. There’s a comfy walnut wood bed with a leather-padded headrest and the full-length wardrobe, the absolute highlight, are bespoke elements created especially for the clients. One wardrobe here is made using four different veneers to create a distinct look; while a exclusive white wardrobe in one corner of the room was designed to accommodate the missus’ bags and accessories. The jute and silver textured wallpaper, Tom Dixon copper lights, stark red lounger and Superman artwork, all together create an interesting composition, merging different styles into one cohesive whole.

The interiors of the guest bedroom have been kept simple and muted, where the artwork with deer and red bed sheet are the only sources of colour.

While the living and master bedrooms were an amalgamation of minute details, the child’s bedroom was kept minimal. Here, the media unit can double up as a study desk with storage space in the future as per requirement. The same holds true for the guest bedroom where few decor changes were carried out. The building’s structure is angular and while the work was underway the designer discovered an auxiliary space that could be amalgamated into the home’s design. Very cleverly, Rohit created a shoe rack that can be retracted and disguised. In order to make full use of the lush green trees outside, two rocking chairs in the balcony created the perfect lounging space.

Wholesome, contemporary, warm and simplistic are apt words to describe the space that Rohit has created. By staying true to the Scandinavian theme and catering to the minutest demand of the clients, he has managed to bring to life a space that is comfortable and stylish. Here, one can effortlessly imagine a young couple with a toddler, a gang of guys enjoying a game, a man spending his free time reading on the lounger, or a fashionable lady going about her routine in style… truly, a job well done!


To design a space for a young couple expecting a baby that would be stylish, comfortable and suitable for entertaining guests.


Flooring Artificial marble, Australian white marble Walls Grey linen wallpaper, jute and silver wallpaper

Location Bandra, Mumbai Clients Reema & Rahul Tujlapurkar Area 1,700 sq ft Principal designer Rohit Bhoite


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