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Liveable luxury: 5 design secrets to make your home look more elegant

A posh, stylish and uncluttered space is something that is aspired to, but comfortable living is too. But how do you make your home look and feel even more luxurious? We spoke to Tim Murray, creative director at Helen Green Design, who shares his top 5 design secrets to make your home look more elegant.

1.) Washable, workhorse fabrics

Workhorse fabrics are tough, endurable fabrics that can withstand years of wear. Quality constructed soft fabrics make for durable furniture pieces instead of cheaper fabrics that will wear and tear over time. Go for washable, workhorse fabrics to ensure for a fresh and clean-living space. The structure of workhorse fabrics should be strong enough to withstand the washing process and still last a long time, therefore making it easy for you to have timeless, spotless and luxurious looking furniture.

2.) Organisational aspects

A key feature of liveable luxury is functionality. Functionality showcases how stylish and sophisticated you can be, and the best way to achieve this is via the organisational aspects within your home. Minimalist table lamps, small vases, geometrical fruit vases, bread bins and metal racks can all be statement pieces alongside great pieces of functionality. Sleek items of storage not make your home look clutter free and clean but exude an element of elegance and organisation.

3.) Stimulate the senses

To truly achieve a luxurious home environment that is liveable, you need to feel comfortable. After all, it is your home! Purchase a Hermes blanket to cuddle up to on warm winter days and add cashmere throws to your bed to have the ultimate soft sleep. Add a bouquet of flowers to your centrepiece to brighten up your day and burn that Jo Malone candle to have a gorgeous smelling home that stimulates the senses.

4.) It’s about the little details

Any good interior designer will know that it’s all about the little details. Strategic, small furniture pieces can really elevate a rooms aesthetic and add more advanced layers to your home. Sofa cushions, plants, decorative bookends and area rugs are all examples of incorporating interesting details in the home that speak to you. The little details are all about adding that personal touch and if you get the balance right, this can make your home epitomise liveable luxury rather than look tacky and hoarded with personal items.

5.) Pick a muted colour scheme, then add pops of colour

Muted tones can bring a soothing tone to any bedroom or living space, whilst adding bright pops of colour can make the atmosphere uplifting. First work out what you would like your colour scheme to be. Keep it simple and try and focus on two or three colours. Start with a neutral base colour then add detailed colourful elements to the room. For instance, if you have chosen a neutral yellow paint, why not add touches of burnt orange and gold into the room?