Unlike 2020, when the world came to a standstill, 2021 was a year when people started venturing out gradually, especially the second half of the year, adjusting to a new world and living once again. This year, we saw many stunning homes across all the major cities in India. Be it compact homes in Mumbai or functional Bangalore apartments, 2021 was rich with homes that expressed diverse styles. And as we step into the new (and hopefully an improved) year, let’s take a look at the best home designs of 2021.

#1: A Compact 500 sq. ft. 2BHK in Mumbai With Every Space-Saving Trick in the Book

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Neelam Dhumal with her daughter and their furry housemate
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Make use of vertical space when the room is small

City: Mumbai

Size: 550 sq. ft. approx.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

Apart from vada pav, heavy rainfall and a happening nightlife, what else is Mumbai, the city of dreams, known for? Yes, that’s right — small apartments. But interior designers in Mumbai know how to give you the best home designs despite the lack of space. Case in point — Rahul and Neelam Dhumal’s 500 sq. ft. 2BHK. Despite the small size, our designer Tanvir Siddique ensured that the home has everything that a young family might need, making it among the best house designs for compact spaces that we have ever seen! 

What to look out for

  • Sleek units that fit into niches, like the pooja unit
  • Foldable and multifunctional furniture, like the dining table and bookshelf respectively
  • Hidden storage in the kid’s bedroom

#2: This Home Looks Spacious and was Delivered in Just 10 Weeks

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Meghana with her daughters, Divya and Sierra
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A bedroom that redefines royalty!

City: Mumbai

Size: 845 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

Home designs that are nearly 900 sq. ft. may seem small in other cities but are actually quite large by Mumbai standards. Here, the idea behind the interior design was to make the home look even more spacious. Mahesh and Meghana’s home is modern and elegant, with some smart design hacks to maximise storage without compromising on space.

What to look out for

  • Neutral colours and reflective finishes that open up the space
  • Sleek furniture aligned in a single line to avoid a bulky look
  • Hydraulic beds that add storage without taking up extra space

#3: Scandinavian-style Interiors in Gurgaon

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Puja in her Scandinavian-style home in Gurgaon
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Wooden furniture is an important element in the Scandinavian design style

City: Gurgaon

Size: 2,000 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

When we mention Scandinavian in the context of interiors, your first thought must be cold climates, warm wooden furniture and minimal decor. But believe it or not, the Scandinavian design style can look just as natural in Delhi as it does in colder, Nordic countries. When Puja approached Livspace to design her home, she wanted her home to be her serene retreat after a tough day in the corporate world. She wanted something simple and homely, with some creative elements. So we gave her one of the best house designs in Gurgaon that would fit all her needs.

What to look out for

  • Laminate furniture with a wood-like look to give the Scandinavian vibe at a lower cost
  • Stunning wall designs showcasing natural palettes and textures
  • Furniture that displays sleek and clean lines

#4: Budget Lessons to Steal From This 2BHK in Pune

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The mirrors on the crockery unit create the illusion of space
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The accent wall acts as the focal point in this room

City: Pune

Size: 800 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

Budget should never be a constraint to owning your dream home! And an experienced designer can always help out with smart hacks on how to get your dream interiors within your budget. Taruna Sharma wanted her home to be spacious and storage-efficient, without crossing her budget. The result is a contemporary, functional and economical space with among the best home designs to fit the budget!

What to look out for

  • Refurbished furniture to bring down the cost
  • Cost-effective MDF-finished units in the kitchen and foyer
  • Ample use of mirrors that open up the space

#5: A Renovated Home That Will Make You Go Wow!

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Anuradha in her gorgeous renovated home
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Tons of storage hidden in this room

City: Mumbai

Size: 750 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

We love renovations as it’s amazing how a plain and boring space can be transformed into something magical! When Anuradha and her husband bought a 12-year-old apartment in Versova, they wanted a modern new look with smart utilisation of space. Our designer, Rishabh Shah, has a self-confessed love for renovations and transformed the couple’s home into a head-turner!

What to look out for

  • Structural changes in the foyer and kitchen to create more space
  • Ample storage in every room
  • A new false ceiling was added to an existing ceiling that had multiple beams

#6: This 16-year-old Mumbai Home Looks Spacious & Stunning After a Makeover

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Dark and dingy to a minimal glam living room
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From dull and simple to stunning and glam

City: Mumbai

Size: 950 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

The most challenging part of a renovation is to give the home a new look while also taking into account the existing aura of the space and ensuring a smooth transition between the two. Shavika and her family wanted a bright, welcoming design with a spacious layout and tons of storage. From a minimal glam living room to an Indian master bedroom, and from hidden storage to design continuity, this is amongst the best home designs that we have recently seen!

What to look out for

  • Storage area accommodated in the duct spaces in the rooms
  • Wooden laminate pattis on parts of the living room wall to bring down the cost
  • Wall niches in the bathrooms that provide storage space

#7: A Hyderabad 2BHK With the Best Kitchen, Wardrobes & Storage

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Nazia and Nisar in their home in Hyderabad
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The kitchen was the biggest investment in this home

City: Hyderabad

Size: 1,896 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

Often, homeowners are confused about where to start with their interior design. And our answer is to always start with the basics — the kitchen, wardrobes and storage. Nazia and Nisar had just moved into their first home in Hyderabad and wanted a simple design with ample storage, especially considering their young baby and elderly parents. Not only did we give them everything that they would need, but it was all done within their budget.

What to look out for

  • Extra counter in the kitchen which was added after breaking down the flooring
  • Hidden storage under the bay window seating
  • A sliding wardrobe that leaves enough space for a dresser unit

#8: This 850 sq. ft. Bengaluru Home is Packed With Storage

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The stone-veneer wall is low cost
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A simple and elegant bedroom

City: Bangalore

Size: 850 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

Small apartments can have ample storage and still look stunning, as proved by Arun Talluri’s 2BHK in Bangalore. His contemporary home is not only spacious but also has several low-cost hacks that you can steal. One of the best home designs in Bangalore, this apartment uses colours that lend it a calm and soothing ambience — one you are sure to fall in love with!

What to look out for

  • The wallpaper with the rose-gold T profiles that were directly embedded to cut down on cost
  • The stone veneer wall behind the TV unit is low cost as it was directly installed without any panelling
  • The onyx-tiled top for the dining table, which is an economical alternative to onyx marble

#9: A Child and Elder-friendly 3BHK in Gurgaon

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Surekha Sood and her family
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How many types of seating can you spot?

City: Gurgaon

Why we love it

How do you ensure an apartment gets one of the best house designs possible? By making sure it offers something to provide comfort to each and every family member. Surekha Sood’s home, apart from being stunning, is also child- and elder-friendly. Take a tour of her home to steal some tips for yourself.

What to look out for

  • Multiple types of seating
  • Ample storage in every room
  • Soft and child-safe upholstery

#10: The Best of Custom & Modular Designs in Hyderabad

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Pradeep with his family
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A three-door sliding wardrobe with ample storage

City: Hyderabad

Size: 1,430 sq. ft.

Budget: ₹₹₹₹₹

Why we love it

While everyone wants a dream home, budget constraints can put a damper on your plans. And the only way to get all your needs fulfilled without crossing the budget is to take the help of an experienced interior designer. Pradeep Kumar Konda wanted a warm and homely interior design that would be within his budget. While our modular units would have ensured the home design met his cost requirements, Pradeep’s home already had several pre-existing slabs for counters which would require custom work. 

What to look out for

  • A TV unit with a custom back panel and modular storage units
  • A mandir unit in the kitchen that follows vastu rules
  • A study unit with custom open display and modular seating

As we wrap up the year, here’s to all the best home designs across different cities that made our homeowners smile!

Want to know which were the top homes of 2020? Check them here.

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