A Classy Retreat


At a glance, the house with aesthetically pleasing interiors gives the impression that the designer has truly created a perfect retreat for the client. Subtle accessories, warm colours and contemporary furniture are the top three elements that spell a chic elegance. The rooms have simplistic design swathed in a restrained colour palette. A consistency has been made maintained in the entire house in terms of colour scheme, flooring and lighting. The dominating white spaces engulf you in warmth as well as gives muted elegance. The wooden flooring gives an earthy tone which is further accentuated by the overall whiteness.

About the apartment

Located at Nettoor, about 200 meters from the water front, this 2650 sq ft apartment owned by Rasheed Usman, owner of Key Foods, is a luxurious retreat, blending both the classy and contemporary elements.

What the designer says:

“Luxury and modernity interjected with comfort and classy elements that’s what can be told about it in a single word,” says Mujeeb Makkar of RAK Interiors. “The home is a clear indication of their personalities” he adds.

What the client says:

“We have been living in an individual house since years and a flat concept is new for us. We wanted to make it in a way that the limitations of a flat should not be felt. Also I used to travel a lot, especially in the European countries. I wanted to bring into an element, which is neither purely contemporary nor purely Indian, but a ‘classy’ one. The designer imbibed our concept very well and did their best to make it a reality.”


Spaces Inside


The main door opens to a foyer that further connects to the living space. A large mirror here with flowers in front and an overall earthy tone is warmly welcoming. The warm wallpaper here further creates a totally different ambiance as one steps into the house.

appartment of rasheed usman

Living Room

You are further taken to the living room. Here too an earthy tone welcomes you. The rectangular shape of the room together with its broad designs makes it look more spacious. The TV unit blends well with the cinnamon-oak and lily white. The dark spaces around enhances the visual effect while watching television and against the stark white walls and furniture, it is more attractive.

The adjacent storage unit too is designed in a way that it enhances the spacious feel. The designs in the living room are kept minimal and simple (simple wall paper and corner dry flower arrangement).  At the same time the living room is a mixed medley of the contemporary and classy. Furniture is custom designed.

The colour scheme is simple, and they don’t believe in wall arts which according to them don’t have timeless appeal. The dash of projections in the ceilings breaks the monotony and adds liveliness. The fluid spaces in the living are is further accented by the play of light.

Family Living- Dining

The formal living space is set part from the dining cum family space, but still offers a mysterious glimpse through the contemporary-styled partition. The play of natural light and artificial light with interesting accents makes the dining space more interesting. The living, dining and kitchen area are designed to be interactive spaces, but still with privacy of its own.



Each bedroom reflects its occupant’s personality. The bedrooms are kept simple depending on the occupant of the room, and have an attached bathroom. The natural light filtering through the balconies lends vibrancy to the spaces. The low floor cots are contemporary, while wall mounted wardrobes saves space.

The daughter’s room is dreamy and chic, while the master’s bedroom has an aristocratic air about it and the son’s room has a stately air about it. The niche storages in the daughter’s and son’s room too are interesting. The main wall of the master room is enhanced with white laminated linen white finish lamination and with subtle and classy accessories.  Soft toned blinds and curtains used allow ample day lights to fill in the room. The wooden flooring is used here also. All bedrooms open to a balcony which makes it airy.


The spacious bathrooms in the house with separate wash area and aesthetically designed dry area wipe away the limitations in flats. On a whole, the interiors have been enhanced through a natural lighting while spaces are created with the addition of muted colours and the right amount of décor elements.

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