Rustic finishes and a serene grey palette claim ownership in this farmhouse
The interiors of this home designed by Workshop Inc feature a warm minimal design aesthetic combined with panoramic views of the greenery outside.Located on a 2.5-acre plot in the outskirts of Vadodara is this weekend home, surrounded by a lush green landscape. The client wanted a farmhouse where he could escape the bustle of the city and be one with nature. He desired a space that was tranquil, and had a connection with nature. Varun Shah and Keta Shah of Workshop Inc created a simple, minimal farmhouse, featuring only the essentials needed for spending a weekend. Additionally, textures and soft colours were added to enliven a stark, minimal space.
Vadodara Farmhouse: Warm and Welcoming
“The key to achieving a design aesthetic like this is to have a uniform colour and material palette for all elements of the home, such as the flooring, walls and ceiling, and large furniture pieces. Thereafter, a layer of textures are added in the form of fabrics and décor pieces, in materials like wood, metal and cane to keep the space from feeling too stark and monotonous,” says Keta. The entrance to the farmhouse sets the tone of the earthy, tactile interiors.
The home has a monolithic shell, which is used to create surfaces to sit, sleep on and for other essential purposes. Most of the furniture is built-in, such as the bar, closets, desks, beds and the sofa. Also, the walls have been carved out to create alcoves for specific functions. A layer of cement-textured paint flows over the entire home, creating a homogenous and fluid space. This helps achieve a minimalist vibe. In contrast, hints of wood in the furniture, metallic accents in black and brass, and a restrained use of blues and greens in the upholstery and artwork balance out the starkness of the walls.
“The design for this weekend home is an exercise in restraint. We have made the most out of a simple and neutral material palette to create an inviting and cosy space to live in. We have tried to embody the Danish concept of ‘Hygge,’ which, in essence, means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people,” says Keta. Since the interiors are subdued, one can focus on the greenery outside, which is the highlight of the home.
This tranquil weekend home consists of two bedrooms and a fluid living area, which incorporates the dining area, kitchen and bar. A unified colour palette runs through the entire home that further enhances the fluidity between the spaces. A curved ceiling defines the central living area and creates dancing shadows with the movement of light throughout the day. Attached to the ceiling of the living room are custom-designed, brass lighting fixtures that run through the entire length of the space, adding a warm glow to the area.Additionally, each room has large custom-made windows, which are operated by a single lever. Opened fully, these windows offer unobstructed views of the verdant greenery outside. Also, a similar mechanism has been used for the doors leading to the verandah, providing panoramas of the lush farmland.