When it comes to creating a luxury feel in your home, there’s a lot to be said for beautiful furnishings and accessories. Whilst the initial colour palette and interior design concept can create the perfect setting and add the first layer to your blank canvas, it’s those lavish statement pieces and carefully chosen extras that really make a house a home, injecting a welcome dose of elegance and sophistication to create a space you’ll truly love.
What really distinguishes a luxury home from a standard abode is not its size, but instead, the attention to detail, and by incorporating the latest trends and styles in luxury furnishings and decorative accessories, you can transform any room into a masterpiece. So, whether you’re moving into a magnificent mansion that has oodles of floorspace to work with, or looking to upgrade a townhouse or penthouse where space is a little more limited, there’s nothing to stop you giving it the makeover of dreams.
The keys to getting it right? Fusing functionality with aesthetic appeal to create a home that both complements your lifestyle and makes your heart sing with adoration. Incorporating high-quality materials and artisan craftsmanship will all add to the effect, ensuring that your house, flat or apartment is both luxurious and liveable in equal measures.
Everyone knows that the living room and the bedroom are the most important rooms of the house – and also the most fun to furnish. So, let’s take a look at what it takes to transform them into your most opulent living spaces yet.
The living Room
The key to creating a perfectly laid-out living room is making efficient use of the space, and keeping clutter out of the way to allow the features you’ll choose so carefully to do the talking. This is of particular importance when furnishing small apartments, where space might be limited – so have a good clear-out before you do anything else.
Since the living room is the space where you spend most of your time – whether alone, or with family – you’ll want to make it as warm and inviting as possible. Generally speaking, the sofa sits at the heart of every living room, and can be placed against the wall in smaller rooms to open the space up. If you’re dealing with a much larger, open-plan space, then you may wish to use it to divide the room up – for example, you could create a leisure space with a coffee table and TV by placing it in the centre of the room, then placing a dining table and chairs behind it to create a separate area.
Whichever way you decide to do it, choosing a beautiful luxury sofa that is as durable and designed to last as it is devastatingly aesthetically pleasing will set the entire room up for success. Tactile textures such as velvet, silk and faux fur can be introduced in the form of cushions and throws and will add interest and luxury. If you’ve gone for a neutral backdrop, then you might want to opt for a bold or dark and dramatic statement piece, while if you’ve chosen colour or darker shades on the wall, then lighter or neutral-toned furnishings will work best.
Once you have chosen your centrepiece, keep the rest of the room chic and minimalistic to maintain that elegant feel. As they say, less is more, and in this case, it certainly rings true.
Your bedroom provides the best possible excuse to go all-out on the luxury. The place where you sleep, relax and rest should always come with an air of opulence, and in here, that starts with the bed.
If you have a large space to fill, then a four-poster bed sets the scene for decadence and will create a decidedly regal feel. There’s nothing quite like a king-size mattress, complete with Egyptian cotton sheets, to make you feel special, and it’s guaranteed to give you a great night’s sleep, too.
If you have a lot of designer clothes and shoes and not much space to store them, then a walk-in closet will provide you with all of the organisation you need – keeping clutter out of the way and probably making a dream or two come true at the same time. Imagine having an individual shelf for each pair of Louis Vuittons; what more could you ask for in a bedroom?
Adding some sumptuous silks and some bespoke, hand-made furniture – designer and one-off, of course – will finish the look and feel.
The bottom line
A well-structured design that takes your living style and requirements into account will set the scene for a luxurious yet functional home to be proud of – and your living room and bedroom are the very first places to start. Choosing high-quality materials and taking a minimalistic approach will help you bring your dream vision to life, and turn any sized home into a forever home to be proud of.