How to Live In the Lap of Luxury – Affordably
“Luxury is a state of mind.” – L’Wren Scott
In the interior design world, the word “luxury” might conjure up images of oceanside living, sprawling mansions, private swimming pools, and marble-laden everything. And you would be right! If you have the budget for it, any fantasy home can become reality.
But if you can’t afford every bell and whistle, there are still many ways to add elements of luxury to your home that will make you feel like you are living in an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (or MTV Cribs, if you belong to the younger generation). Here are my tips on how to make your home feel more palatial – affordably!
Use Unique and Plush Fabrics and Furniture in Your Home
The most important thing here is to make sure the space feels good to you. Mix and match different textures to add interest.
Don’t Forget the Smallest Details
Think hardware, such as stunning handles and knobs. Small changes can make a bigger impact than you might think.
Make Sure Your Bedroom Feels Good
Unique prints, luscious pillows, high-quality bedding – and, most importantly, a solid headboard. It’s important to feel grounded in your bed; a headboard provides protection and support for your body and mind.
Put a Pillow on It
Pillows are one of the easiest ways to add a pop of color and interest. Plus they add a coziness to the home and an invitation to relax.
Bring Nature Indoors
Biophilic design is one concept I use to create “feel good” spaces. Organic elements connect people to nature in their interiors, which has a positive impact on their well-being. Add a water fountain, dramatic faux or real floral arrangements and plants, or natural wood elements.
Upgrade Your Countertops
I recently upgraded one of my clients’ kitchens with Cambria quartz countertops, and they look magnificent! This simple yet luxurious change will last a long time while still looking fabulous. You can also add a new backsplash or appliances to add more grandeur.
Indulge in Fancy Accessories
The right accessories can add so much to a single space in your home, creating a splendid sanctuary. For example, one of my clients is building a soaking tub room, complete with a dazzling chandelier. But a chandelier can add panache to anywhere – even inside a walk-in closet! Crystals and artwork are also perfect accessories that can add so much life to a room.
Create a Stunning Outdoor Oasis
Find some cozy furniture with fabrics made for the outdoors, and add an outdoor rug and some pillows too. Surround the space with plants and flowers and you’ll have paradise right at home. Don’t forget the grill and pizza oven!
When you are deciding how to add some luxury to your home, the most important thing to ask yourself is this: What does luxury mean to me? Think about your favorite colors, textures, art, and plants. Then surround yourself in everything that makes you feel good. Before you know it, the life of luxury that you’ve been dreaming of will become reality!
Julie Ann Segal, interior designer and president of Metro Interiors, is renowned for her deep commitment to providing clients with state-of-the-art design. Always on the cutting edge, Julie Ann’s dynamic approach utilizes all resources within reach. You can sign up for monthly design tips or an affordable virtual consultation on Julie Ann’s website at metrointeriors.com. To schedule a design consultation or inquire about services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (952) 920-2827.
By Julie Ann Segal of Metro Interiors