Top Five Luxurious Ways to Decorate Your Home
Whether you’ve just recently moved in or you’ve called the same house a home for decades, occasionally a change of pace is needed to liven up a space, or more importantly, your own frame of mind. The environments in which we live and work have a profound effect on our mood, energy, and creativity. Adding intentional, luxurious decorative touches can help elevate and modernize your space and breathe new life into your home.
Plus, there’s no need to plan a massive remodel—read on to discover our top 5 decorating tips to help create a luxurious interior aesthetic for your home.
1. Pare Down
The first, most important way to make a space feel more luxurious is to pare down excess belongings. Interior rooms have a tendency to become cluttered and chaotic over time, especially in high-traffic areas of the home. Clearing away unnecessary items not only creates psychological space to breathe but also exposes the aesthetic potential of a room and the relative value and importance of the objects that you do keep. The first rule of luxury isn’t expensive at all—start with a clean slate by paring down and keeping only the best décor items that you already have.
2. Rugs, Textiles & Textures
Truly high-end residential interiors beg for the inclusion of luxurious rugs. Rugs can serve as a focal point for a room, defining its function and tying all the design elements together. Additionally, in the case of either antique or new Persian and Oriental rugs, they can also serve as an investment-worthy collectible. In addition to rugs, beautiful pillows, window treatments, and textiles can all bring compelling elements of pattern, texture, and comfort to a room.
Bedrooms, in particular, can be great places to add decorative interest through rugs and textiles. Fit your bed with luxury microfiber bed sheets for a subtle but impactful final touch.
One of the most immediate ways to provide a sophisticated update to an interior is by painting. But keep one caveat in mind: stick with neutral and near-neutral colors. This doesn’t mean that every wall in your home must be a shade of cream. Neutral colors are essentially muted shades that include an undertone of white, cream, beige, taupe, black, or brown. Furthermore, you can also opt for near-neutrals that add a primary color (red, green, and blue) to a pure neutral color. The end result can be quite unique and arresting. At the same time, both neutrals and near-neutrals will provide a luxurious canvas upon which to add more intense color interest by way of furniture, artwork, rugs, lamps, and textiles of all sorts.
Most of the room’s color should come from items you place in the space rather than the walls themselves. That way, you can update the space more readily by swapping out artwork, lighting, fabrics, textiles, and personal effects to refresh the look of a room over time.
As all cinematographers know, a great filmmaker simultaneously sculpts and tells stories with light. Interior designers are also aware of this dynamic and can use these principles to the same effect. Use light to carve space and direct the attention of those who live in or merely visit your home through the artful use of general, task, and accent lighting. Interior lighting is also an ideal way to add luxurious decorative elements that also have a lot of utility and don’t add unnecessary clutter to your space.
2. Bring Nature In
In certain climates, bringing nature inside can mean the creation of hybrid inside/outside living spaces that can provide a spa-like feel to a home for much of the year.
For those who aren’t lucky enough to live in a climate where the boundaries between inside and outside living spaces can be easily blurred, there are plenty of other options that simply place an emphasis on including botanical aesthetics into the design of a room.
You don’t need to create a year-round, majestic, interior courtyard to use plant life to stunning effect. Warm your space with climate-appropriate and well-kept trees and plants in your home. No green thumb? Opt for botanical prints or watercolors, or even bouquets of dried flowers. These small design touches can still bring an elevated yet minimalist appeal to any space.
In addition, there’s no need to stop with plants. Aquariums that feature exotic plant and fish life can stand alone or be integrated into walls, creating a visually dynamic and supremely relaxing effect to rival the best fireplace or woodstove.
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