Designer Payal Khandwala’s Mumbai home is an oasis of calm. We’d like to move in!

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Drawn into the folds of Payal Khandwala’s tranquil sun-kissed home which moves away from her penchant for colour, the artist, talks about her take on colour, “My earliest memories were of watching my mother and my grandmother paint, so mixing colour is in my genes. My preoccupation with colour crosses over into my sphere effortlessly and keeps me connected, albeit not in an obvious way. When it comes to my space, I like it when it is less. Subtle details, which do not scream…but whisper.”

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Payal’s label is an unrestrained play of drama but when it comes to her home, she says, “It is organic. Nothing is forced. My earlier apartment in Mumbai resonated a New York loft feel — an intense palette of charcoal grey flooring, dark wood on the furniture and white walls. This house is a whisper of what I would normally have gravitated towards. The muted palette is soothing. It’s unlike anything that I would normally live in, but this space with its perfect details and the light simply welcomed me.”

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Neutrals take centre stage in Payal’s personal space. Shying away from the bold hues, she says, “The only colour I can think of integrating in my space is deep indigo. With a neutral canvas, I have free rein to bring in bits of colour and drama.”

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Content: GoodHomes India | Feature: Meenakshi Shankar | Photographs: Yashodeep Gore

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