Give Your Home that Luxury Feel
What does home luxury mean to you? Once upon a time, I asked my friends to define luxury. The responses were beautiful:
“Luxury to me is freedom, comfort, health and creativity.”
“Luxury to me is something that I do not have access to every day, but I desire it and when I get it, it makes me feel happy. It could be as unique as a culinary experience, boutique hotel, spa or just as simple as a brand chocolate.”
“Luxury to me is high quality, beautiful and unique.”
The dictionary meaning of luxury is: a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.
We all know how to get luxury when we spend a lot of money on something.
Usually, if its an item, it feels different, thought has gone into it, someone’s time, effort, expertise and without a doubt, usually someone’s joy and passion. A typical example of a luxury item in a home is a luxury mattress. If you have ever spent that extra amount to get that better mattress, you felt the difference, saw the craftsmanship that went into it and value it every time you lay down.
Our homes are our sanctuaries, so why not enjoy a little luxury in our homes? It may be that little extra something that you need to make a space absolutely perfect. If you look around your home and feel it could be lacking that “luxurious feel” try one of the following five things.
Natural materials are often associated with health, beauty and quite often expense. Natural materials in an interior are often more expensive to look after as well as to buy – but they are healthier for you. Just think of a white wool rug or white Carrera marble – but imagine it in the perfect room, without dirty hands, everything clean and beautiful, woven or carved together like an artwork. Many artists and designers look to nature for inspiration, they view it as perfection and art.
Personal touches are luxurious because they are made bespoke for you. Try adding an extra something to a cushion (embroidering a message or pattern on it that means something). Quit often, the highest luxury in any service is to have something tailored specifically to your needs. Don’t be fooled however, you could do this yourself if you are crafty, or enlist one of the children and give them the opportunity to be creative.
These tell a story about a space. They are like little artworks that give you a clue about the room. Kelly Hoppen, a very successful and famous interior designer always has gorgeous vignettes on her coffee tables, hallways and in each room. She uses plants and mosses, which can freshen the air too, awaking other senses. Another famous LA based designer Kelly Wearstler uses semi-precious stones to tell a story. Why not try her technique of creating a gorgeous box adorned in jewels?
Layering usually costs a bit more money, so that is why this subtle trick won’t be found in every home interior. Why would you have curtains as well as blinds as well as shutters? Because you have the luxury to chose which mood you are creating today. With three options, there are at least 9 possibilities. Think again in terms of an elegant room – the walls are never bare – there are layers of larger items, then middle sized and then smaller items. How can you introduce layers into your home to add a luxurious feeling?
Beauty is synonymous with luxury. The easiest and simplest way to add luxury to a home is to create beauty. Take any object or area at home. Imagine it was beautiful and ask yourself how you could make it beautiful. Sometimes just having a bit of a clean, adding some light, colour and freshness will allow you to see an object’s natural beauty (there is a reason you purchased it in the first place!) Try rekindling a friendship with some items you used to love and see if you can reveal their beauty once more.
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