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Turning 2 BHK into luxury condominium

Having a small apartment can be a drag when it comes to implementing the desired interior design ideas.

HappyKeys asked Vikram Kapoor, experienced interior decorator and director projects, Innovations India, to suggest ways to make a simple 2 BHK apartment into giving the feel of a luxury condominium. Here are his recommendations:

Luxury places look spacious, have a lot of access to natural light and are fitted with lifestyle features that often cost a lot. Thus, to achieve this, you need to suitably budget for it and use some tricks strategically.
One trick is to get involved at the time of construction itself to achieve a rich spacious interior. Also, buy a 2BHK in a large project, even though you can afford a 3BHK with a mid-level builder.

These two factors will ensure you get access to luxury amenities and as you are involved earlier in the project, you can have a greater choice of apartments.

This way, you have the option of ensuring to choose an apartment with a good view in a quieter corner of the project.

Also, as you have chosen below your budget, you have more money in hand to make the interiors luxurious.

At the time of the construction, ask for larger windows and choose better quality tiles and classy woodwork.

The actual plan
The average home plan features a hallway, two rooms (left and right), a kitchen and a bathroom. Take advantage of every single corner of the house and put them to good use with storage nooks. However, give a white veneer to those you want to blend. In contrast, the areas where you want the woodwork to provide a rich luxurious look, use expensive teak with classy handles. For flooring, use high-end Italian marble. This will impart the apartment a classy look. Use split ACs across the house. It helps maintain temperature control and reduces dust.

Use high-end glass as much as possible for dining tables, doors and windows and powder quote the window frames to match the walls.

The living room
Make the hallway welcoming with a lot of light, use all light colours like off-white but also have some integrated furniture elements such as a small table and an armchair to give a sense of comfortable elegance. Large airy curtains, double with classy glass curtains and a thicker fabric – the side with lighter shade inside — with give the windows depth and an impression of more space.

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The bedrooms
Essentially, the bedroom is the one room you should not skimp on.

It is alright to have the bed take the centre stage. Think of all the hotels you have visited — the bedroom is always well-designed with matching bedding, pillows and curtains. So do that. Start with a supportive mattress and then layer it in the luxury of plump down pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets (buy the highest thread count that you can afford), and a down comforter.

The bed should be fit for a king/queen and outfitted with a plush headboard of leatherite or quality fabric that you can lay your head against.

Invest in classy rich side tables and side lamps, a desk, a couple of cozy chairs with a quaint table, a gorgeous armoire for clothing, and a LED television that is well-hidden inside a beautiful armoire or cabinet. Use under-bed storages extensively instead of making the wardrobe run from floor to ceiling.

Buy only good, branded fixtures here and that too in off-white shades. Aspects like use of concealed light for the shower area, a large mirror over a counter-top washbasin (the counter needn’t be of marble or granite; acrylic counter tops are classy). Also, continue the Italian marble flooring to the bathrooms. To add to the classiness, install a shower cubicle. The glass, coupled with the flooring and the fixtures, will give you bathroom sophistication.

(As told to Kanchana Dwarakanath)