Step into 5 of the most beautiful villas in Bengaluru

With details such as bespoke craftsmanship, a private spa, and classical touches, each home is uniquely stunning.
Step into 5 of the most beautiful villas in Bengaluru
Shamanth Patil/Courtesy Shilpa Sambargi Architects

In a cramped urban landscape, having a villa to call your own can feel truly decadent. But it's not just scale that speaks of luxury. What makes these Bengaluru villas stand out is the meticulous attention to detail in their design, whether in the play of light amidst expansive courtyards; a fantastic outdoor area complete with a party lounge, pool and spa; or beautiful, bespoke murals that weave a tropical fantasy indoors. Feast your eyes as we round up five of the most beautiful Bengaluru villas filled with AD-approved style.

1. A Bengaluru home defined by airy courtyards and verandahs

At the end of a winding driveway in Bengaluru, an unassuming grey and brown structure peers out from the surrounding foliage and sets the tone for what lies beyond— a sensitively designed home that factors in the climate and the lifestyle of the homeowners. Deceptively simple in initial appearance, the house is a reflection of the design values of principal architects, Nupur Shah and Saahil Parikh of We Design Studio— a restraint and austerity which does not diminish spatial experiences.

Charcoal grey slate tiles from Italy have been used for flooring in all the verandahs. Beyond the free-standing live-edge wooden partition is an outdoor dining area. Sheets of polymer wooden cladding wrap around the main structure of the house. The hanging ceiling lights were sourced from a flea market.

Kunal Bhatia

Walkways ring all sides of the central courtyard and allow for a visual connect across the house. A motorised louvered-roof tops the courtyard, and it is automated via a sensor to self-shut when it starts to rain. At other times, the louvers remain open and let in filtered sunshine into the heart of the house.

Kunal Bhatia

“Having grown up in colonial homes with central courtyards, the clients requested a house that would take them back to these roots,” shares Parikh. He adds, “We designed this project with a large courtyard and verandahs along the peripheries, as our post-modern take on a quintessential tropical Indian home”. Lying at the very centre, the courtyard is indeed the beating heart of the house, for it not only connects all spaces but also forms the pivot along which daily life revolves. The verandahs, too, play an important role. They act as a passive solar buffer and protect the internal spaces from excessive heat gain. Functionally, they become an extension of the spaces inside, with an alfresco breakfast table in the verandah besides the formal dining area and outdoor seating in the verandah adjoining the living room. This play of light and volumes, along with a constant connection to the outside gives the home a crisp and airy feel, belying its expansive spread. - Kunal Bhatia

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2. A Balinese-inspired villa in Bengaluru with a charming tea room

“We measured the living room a million times. But we were on tenterhooks wondering whether it will all work out right until we finally installed the furniture,” says Vinithra. Most of the elements in the living room were custom-made. The sofa is from Chesters; the rug from Manmade Social; and the lighting is by Purple Turtles.

Shamanth Patil

Navneeth Krishna—a sports presenter with the Royal Challengers Bangalore—and his partner Deepti approached Vinithra Amarnathan of Weespaces to turn their under construction property into a 3,000-square-foot, Balinese-influenced villa inspired by their travels. “What caught our eye was that her aesthetic was very clean and minimalistic. Yet her design differs from property to property,” says Navneeth.

The tea room came about as a request from Deepti who has cultivated a love for the brew over teatime rituals with friends in Singapore. The custom cabinet is from Oriental Living and the bamboo pendant lamps are from Mianzi.

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An impeding wall was taken down in the primary bedroom, giving rise to the niche above the bed. “We did a stucco finish on the walls so it's very earthy and grounded. The materials we've use here are natural wood and linen,” says Vinithra.

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The loveliest surprise is away on the first floor. Originally planned as a lounge, the space was completely redesigned when Deepti put in an unconventional request for a tea room. The only brief offered was to add oriental touches to the decor. What Vinithra delivered was “a proper Pinterest space”, as Navneeth puts it. A wood and cane couch, grey wainscotted walls, and delicate bamboo pendant lamps create a refreshing but cozy setting. But the star is undoubtedly the custom cabinet with gilt-edged drawers and striking burnt orange shelving. While most of the home was a collaborative process, the primary bedroom and bathroom were a leap of faith. Navneeth gleefully reveals that he left the final design a surprise for Deepti. It’s in this private space on the second level where the couple’s penchant for Balinese decor sees its fullest expression. - Nicole Newby

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3. A weekend home in Bengaluru that embraces open spaces and greenery

The floating pooja room is modelled on the 12th-century Halebidu temple.

It’s hard not to be mesmerized by the scale and the magnitude of this five-bedroom villa designed by Shilpa Sambargi, principal architect at Bangalore-based Shilpa Sambargi Architects. A double heighted living room kitted out with massive glass windows and natural granite flooring sets the tone for the rest of the home. “We chose the centre of the house, which is crowned by a double-height volume, for the pooja room. The skylight above casts a beautiful canopy of natural light over the black granite temple with ornamental pillars. The brass panels on the temple door lend a wonderful contrast and a luxurious detail to the all black pavilion,” Sambargi says. A pair of elephants cut from a striking chunk of granite stand guard at the pavilion. 

The serene pool overlooks the bar and the lounge areas. Photo: Shamanth Patil

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A skylight illuminates a porcelain bathtub in the spa.

Sambargi has created several convivial lounge areas in the home, starting with the semi-outdoor patio marked with charming swings, lounge chairs and a stark black bar. The pool barricaded by a stone jaali is another serene space. The jaali wall adds an interesting design detail while also providing ample privacy. The green that creeps its way into the home complements Sambargi’s go-to palette of greys, browns, blacks, and blues.  Then there is the spa accessorized by beautiful limestone murals. A skylight above lets in pure, unobstructed light, some of which is absorbed by a luscious porcelain bathtub. When it came time to furnish the home, Sambargi chose indoor plants in mammoth pots, statement lighting, an assortment of wall art, and contemporary pieces of furniture. The visual vocabulary is intended to catch the eye without overwhelming the senses. -Nivedita Jayaram Pawar

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4. A luxurious Bengaluru villa with intricate murals and French detailing

Filled with sunlight, the scale of this villa and the volumes within it was grand. The most “thrilling” facet was the ceiling and the double-height of the living room (a splendid 25 feet) which gave Studio Goya the freedom to play around and explore many design ideas. The client handed over a well-defined brief—to incorporate neutrals, French design, mouldings, and cornices, tropical monotone wallpapers and brass details—albeit with a unique twist. 

A Chesterfield sofa and a plush white sofa makes for comfortable seating in the living room. The rustic industrial centre table was sourced from Rajasthan; the flowing white curtains, the green fabric for chairs and the slip cover for the sofa are made from sustainable linen from Zanav Home; and the carpet is from Carpet Kingdom.

Arjun Krishna

“The design was born out of two schemes put together: delicate French detailing and a chic farmhouse feel,” explains Mehra. “We swore by neutrals in this project. The palette is dominated by ivory, greys, beige, cream, pista green, sea blue, and taupe. For furnishings and upholstery we chose linens and cottons; while the carpentry sees neutral paint shades with some brass-and-cane elements. We used a lot of wallpapers to be able to transport the clients to another space and time,” she adds.

This corridor leads to the door which open out into the backyard of the house. As this space is visible from the entrance, and from all the other areas of the house, a dramatic pause was created by Mehra in the form of this arched doorway.

Arjun Krishna

Ghost Chairs from Kartell partner with an acacia wood table to form a relaxed and casual dining area set against a tropical themed wallpaper customised by Design By Metamorph.

Arjun Krishna

The bold and classy mood of this project is set right at the awe-inspiring double-height living room with its expansive mural, and beautifully curated pieces of furniture and furnishings. The 17-foot showstopper, painted by artist Sachin Samson, forms the backdrop for the living room seating. The artwork is almost life-like. It portrays the celebration of life, and the joy of immersing oneself in the moment. - Deepa Nair

5. A Bengaluru home where craftsmanship meets spirituality

Homeowner Dilip Surana with two of his three dogs in the main entrance foyer. The marble inlay on the floor is by Sicis, and the peacock vahana sculpture, behind Surana, is an antique.

With soaring ceilings, large open spaces and pristine white walls, industrialist Dilip Surana's home has a sense of calm usually associated with temples—if a temple also housed a warm, grounded couple; their daughter; and three playful dogs. The designer of this eclectic home is Vinita Chaitanya, better known for bringing a distinctive gilt-edged glamour to spaces. "The clients had in mind that the entire house would be white; the marble would be white, the walls would be white, the stairs would be white,” Vinita says of their initial brief, adding, “For me, colour is huge.” 

In the dining room, the glass tabletop is mounted on a limited-edition blue-grey crystal Vegetal base from Daum; hanging above it is the Icarus chandelier from Serip. The handcrafted marble- inlay panels on the wall, called Noorjehan, are from Viya Home; the Kolkata cabinets below them, and the Frida dining chairs are from Etro. The marble-inlay floor mosaic is from Sicis

The designer’s penchant for colour, craftsmanship, and sumptuous style is well known, but lesser known, perhaps, is her talent for finding common ground, which she put to good use here. Factoring in the Suranas’ request for a predominantly white palette as a base, she introduced the idea of contextualising the space with craftsmanship and motifs from their ancestral Rajasthani heritage. - Divya Mishra