PICS: Style Tips from Krsnaa Mehta's Mumbai Apartment

Much like his designs, Krsnaa Mehta’s home is a playful balance between the exotic and the ethnic-chic. Defined by bold colourways, juxtaposing patterns and characterful art pieces, the Mumbai apartment rewrites the rules on home decor.

“Interiors are the soul of your home. Believe it or not, I didn’t have any hard and fast rules to follow when I was doing up my space,” says the interior designer and founder of home decor and utilities brand India Circus.

The sole guide was that every room within the 1,100-square-foot space be decorated to serve its function – Mehta’s tip to keeping visual clutter at bay.

Take a look at how the designer pulls off patterns and eclectic colour schemes without losing the plot.

Every room within the home has at least two dominant colours, while prints run amok on soft furnishings and art alike. Mehta encourages experimenting; mixing and matching. In naturally well-lit spaces like this living room, dark colours work. In spaces that aren’t as blessed by the sun, he advises a mix of light colours.
Every room within the home has at least two dominant colours, while prints run amok on soft furnishings and art alike. Mehta encourages experimenting; mixing and matching. In naturally well-lit spaces like this living room, dark colours work. In spaces that aren’t as blessed by the sun, he advises a mix of light colours.
Another view of the living area, illustrating how hot and cold shades play off each other across walls, furniture, furnishings and artwork.
Another view of the living area, illustrating how hot and cold shades play off each other across walls, furniture, furnishings and artwork.
Art makes a house a home, and in Mehta’s apartment, there's many a rotating mini gallery. Besides his own designs, you’ll spot works by artists like Varunika Saraf and Brinda Miller as well as souvenirs from across the globe. “Some of my favourite pieces are from Ardmore UK, Seletti, a cat sculpture from Sri Lanka and a stainless-steel Idiom from Mumbai-based Rukshar Art,” he says.
Art makes a house a home, and in Mehta’s apartment, there's many a rotating mini gallery. Besides his own designs, you’ll spot works by artists like Varunika Saraf and Brinda Miller as well as souvenirs from across the globe. “Some of my favourite pieces are from Ardmore UK, Seletti, a cat sculpture from Sri Lanka and a stainless-steel Idiom from Mumbai-based Rukshar Art,” he says.
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The curation of patterns in the dining area is a reflection of the designer’s penchant for Mughal architecture and botanical art. Taking centrestage is Mehta’s artwork ‘Birdwatcher Dreams’ – also available as a <a href="https://fave.co/37RrEGD" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wallpaper design by India Circus" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wallpaper design by India Circus</a>.
The curation of patterns in the dining area is a reflection of the designer’s penchant for Mughal architecture and botanical art. Taking centrestage is Mehta’s artwork ‘Birdwatcher Dreams’ – also available as a wallpaper design by India Circus.
The entertainment den (an erstwhile bedroom) is an example of how myriad patterns can coexist within a dominant colourway. “Use a patterned rug or a mirror wall to make the room look spacious,” advises Mehta.
The entertainment den (an erstwhile bedroom) is an example of how myriad patterns can coexist within a dominant colourway. “Use a patterned rug or a mirror wall to make the room look spacious,” advises Mehta.
<a href="https://fave.co/2L3JE7L" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Signature wallcoverings" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Signature wallcoverings</a> are a fuss-free way to breathe new life into a space. In the master bedroom, the jaali pattern on the blinds from Kolkata-based furnishing brand Anokhi are echoed in the wallpaper design by India Circus. The furniture is a mix of customized and sourced pieces.
Signature wallcoverings are a fuss-free way to breathe new life into a space. In the master bedroom, the jaali pattern on the blinds from Kolkata-based furnishing brand Anokhi are echoed in the wallpaper design by India Circus. The furniture is a mix of customized and sourced pieces.
The study area in the master bedroom is functional yet quirky, tablescaped with pieces as varied as The Monkey Lamp by Italian brand Seletti and a Minions collectible. “If playing with pattern, ensure one wall has pattern and the others are coordinated with single colours. Alternatively, you could have a patterned floor and play around with walls,” says Mehta.
The study area in the master bedroom is functional yet quirky, tablescaped with pieces as varied as The Monkey Lamp by Italian brand Seletti and a Minions collectible. “If playing with pattern, ensure one wall has pattern and the others are coordinated with single colours. Alternatively, you could have a patterned floor and play around with walls,” says Mehta.

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