Spicing Things Up

Inspired by their home country of India, a Granite Bay family goes irresistibly vivid.
spicing design
The family collected the glass light fixtures above the eating-nook table during their travels in Italy. Designer Laura Neuman bundled and staged them ever so playfully.

Doctors Rakesh and Swapna Parikh wanted their home—a beautiful but admittedly dated Tuscan-style house—to feel more like home. A modern dwelling that enveloped them in the vibrant hues and beloved rituals of India. Laura Neuman of PepperJack Interiors in Loomis was instantly attracted to project, because of both the bold design opportunities and the Parikh family’s apparent sincerity and engagement in the process. “The family loves color and modern design,” she says. “They didn’t even flinch when I suggested painting the dining room black in order to make their brightorange patchwork dining chairs pop.” Other pops include a “turmeric yellow” ceiling adjacent to the bar (and, well, the bar itself) and backlit jali-style woodwork majestically set before a hotpink wall. By contrast, the stark simplicity of the kitchen serves as a bit of a palate cleanser, with the ceiling-flush cooking vent allowing for optimal openness.

kitchen design
Dining room wall paint color: Benjamin Moore Carbon Copy.

Home to: Rakesh and Swapna Parikh, their two daughters and two dogs
Stats: 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths
Neighborhood: Silverwood, Granite Bay

spice rack design
A custom-designed cupboard houses the family’s vivid assortment of cooking spices used in traditional Indian cuisine.
bar design
The home’s original laundry room was knocked out and turned into a formal bar. Neuman describes it as “wild, fun, colorful and entertaining.”
floating bench design
A floating bench, backed by a perforated screen known as a jali, is used for everything from entertaining guests to a prayer shrine.
custom design
Custom cherry wood cabinetry designed by Precision Cabinetry & Design.