A Modern Kerala Apartment Full of Unexpected Colors and Curves

Studioarch+Partners were tasked with transforming an apartment in Calicut, Kerala, India, for a family of four. After renting out an apartment in the building, the family chose to buy the apartment next door for their permanent home, hence why it’s called The Next Door Project. The family longed for minimal and simple surroundings to match their lifestyle, resulting in a connected main living space with the kitchen, dining room, and living room. Walls were removed to open things up and brighten the formerly dark spaces. Along with the new layout, the interior now features unique materials, unexpected colors, and lots of curves.

modern apartment interior with curved black leather sofa, cloud-like pendant, and abstract wall design

Large terrazzo tiles cover the floors of the main living space. The grout lines complement the pattern on the arched wood focal wall in the living room. The arches and curves continue in the sectional sofa, coffee table, TV wall mount, the wood ceiling art work, and the cloud-like light pendant hanging above.

modern apartment interior with arched wall design and curved purple panel behind TV

In addition to the curve theme throughout, a range of pastel colors are carried into each space, most notably, mint green/blue and peach shades.

modern apartment interior looking into dining area with unique blue light fixture

modern apartment interior's dining area

Another unique light fixture hangs in the dining room, matching colors with the walls and patterned peach and blue wall.

angled view of modern apartment interior with abstract pattern on wall with shelves

modern apartment interior with view into kitchen with aqua cabinets and deep colored tile

The lower and high upper glossy green cabinets in the kitchen are paired with a row of warm wood upper cabinets. The patterned tile covering the backsplash unites the two shades.

modern apartment interior with angled view of kitchen with aqua cabinets and wood accents

white sink basin installed within arched tiled niche in modern apartment

view down hallway of modern apartment looking into dining room

view down arched ceiling hallway of modern apartment

The arched wood ceiling hallway guides residents to the bedrooms.

modern apartment interior with half view of bed with arched headboard

modern apartment interior with side view of main bedroom with arched headboard

The primary bedroom includes an upholstered headboard with arched panels and a wall of wood storage cabinets with green curved overlays.

modern apartment interior inside bedroom with cobalt blue arched headboard, multicolored pendant lights, and abstract pattern on walls

In one of the additional bedrooms, a royal blue arched headboard rests against an abstract wall mural in the green/blue and peach shades.

modern apartment interior inside bedroom with cobalt blue arched headboard, multicolored pendant lights, and abstract pattern on walls

angled view of modern bedroom with built-in cabinets and niche with blue pillow for sitting

A wall is devoted to storage with the inclusion of a built-in seat with a cushion that matches the headboard.

white sink within wooden niche in modern apartment

Photos by Justin Sebastian.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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