Kerala is located in the South Western region of India, on the Malabar Coast, and since before 3000 BC, was an essential pathway and stop-over of the famous Spice and Silk Route. With an 845 km shoreline, the Malabar Coast is a prized holiday and residential living destination, as it is tranquil, bordered by luscious vegetation and home to many exciting and colourful festivals all year round. Therefore, with all those wonderful elements from nature on offer, it comes as no surprise that we would find a large villa built upon its shores.
The home we are fortunate enough to take a glimpse inside of today, emphasises the tropical style of the area, in a classic and contemporary fashion. Its grand exterior facade, begins the journey of the interior styling, which you will soon have the pleasure of viewing. Openness, light and beautiful timber finishes are the key factors to the design, creating a home that is luxurious, elegant and of course, opulent. Let's take a look…
As mentioned in the introduction, the exterior facade speaks in volumes in its own right. Glowing in the darkness, the clever installation of outdoor lighting means this villa stands out even under the veil of night. The large swimming pool furthers its grandiose appearance, reflecting the image onto its pristine waters. Back lit in green, the home blends seamlessly into its dense surroundings, creating a stunning juxtaposition between the built and natural forms. Just imagine sailing past, and catching a glimpse of this stellar home from the water.
After being received by such a magnificent exterior, it is only fitting that the outside appearance is matched, and you are welcomed inside the home in an opulent and grand manner. Lined with white columns, timber and black marble floors, the entrance warmly invites you into the home in a profound and sun-bathed way. Paying homage to the greenery outside, the entrance proudly displays local plants, adding an earthy and natural feel to this already calming space. The segment of timber flooring beckons you to come further inside, and is the both the precursor and protagonist, which whets your curiosity to know what lays beyond this point.
Continuing from the entrance above, we see one of the many hallways. Again, keeping the indoor spaces as natural as possible, the rich and warm timber we saw earlier, is repeated once again on both the floors and in an almost sculptural like fashion on the walls. This repetition creates continuity between all the rooms, and is a theme you will see repeated throughout the entire villa. The shape of the timber panels on the wall look like the canopy of a forest, and create an interesting effect at various points in the day when the sun is at different angles. Almost like an ancient Roman sundial, as you walk through the hallway, you will have some idea of the time of day.
Again, we see the angular timber structures from the previous image, but this time, in a geometric and playful way on the ceiling. Following the steep pitch of the roof line, the wooden panels create a subtle and perhaps subliminal way for the mind to differentiate between the two spaces. Underneath the timber is the sleeping area, and on the other side, a space to relax and even complete some small administration duties. This clever, yet cheeky subdivision, is a wonderful accent that the designer has added to an already soothing and inviting bedroom. The colour palette here is also reflective of nature; different shades of brown complement the timber framing on the windows and walls, creating the perfect space to chill out and relax after a busy day.
A double height open plan living area is the only style that could fit a home of this magnitude. Given that there are stunning views, and a wonderful landscape right outside your door, the only appropriate measure is to have a wall of sliding glass, to invite the outdoor space inside with you. After the sun has set, you can open the space entirely, letting the evening breeze ventilate and freshen the interior. The muted and monochrome colour scheme chosen is a great way to relax in a subtle environment; creating no obvious distractions from the
Pièce de résistance that lives right outside your doorstep.
Life in a grand villa obviously means from time to time, you will have important dining duties to fulfil, and so, it is only fair that you would have an open and spacious dining room to host your guests of honour. This long glass table, complemented by a set of luxurious black and white armchairs, is the perfect setting to serve drinks, food, and even hold a conference or meeting. The reflective surface, in conjunction with the large square window, brings the image we see outside, inside. This reminds both the occupants and the guests, that despite the fact they are inside, that the beautiful outdoor setting is also there, waiting to be admired. Understandably, it would be quite difficult to focus on the task at hand when there is a view like this just outside.
This intimate kitchen area, despite its size in comparison to the rest of the villa, shows that home and family life still exists even within these walls. Sure, there is a magnificent dining room to feast in, but it is great to have the opportunity to sit close together with loved ones in a small and private kitchen area. The size of a kitchen does not define its use or capabilities, in fact, it is possible to have a small, yet highly functional and practical space. As you can see pictured, these elements have been more than adequately considered. There is ample storage space, a large kitchen bench that spans the perimeter, and a breakfast bar to have a modest meal, or cup of coffee.
Lastly, but definitely not least, to end this tour, we can see in all its glory, the outdoor landscape that we have been speaking so highly of. The large pool is surrounded by well-maintained green grass, palm trees and of course, the view of the mangroves and river. As we wave goodbye to this beautiful villa in Kerala, we hope that you have enjoyed taking a tour inside its walls. Perhaps from here, you can take away some decorating inspiration of your own, or even book a holiday to the shores of the Malabar Coast.