Most homeowners like the idea of adding a few luxury touches to their property, but, sadly, many of us opt not do so. There is a tendency for us to think that creating a luxury home is just too expensive for ordinary people like us.
This thought process is understandable. After all, the media constantly links luxury items to the rich and famous. They make luxury items appear to be something that the average person cannot afford. In the past, that would have been true, but not anymore, especially when it comes to home decor. With a bit of creativity, patience and time you can easily create a luxury home for you and your family to enjoy.
Imitation is the answer
Imitating the latest design trends is always a good idea. For example, if you want to you can have your very own marble finish bathroom. All you need to do is to buy marble effect tiles and laminate flooring. Advances in digital photography have made it easy for manufacturers to recreate the look of real stone or marble. When done well, it is hard to tell an imitation marble floor apart from a real one.
If you can’t find inspiration, you can look for it in magazines or on the internet. Homes of rich people or celebrities are always a good point of reference. For example, the house of Joel Osteen in Houston is a good example for anyone that wants a luxury home with a religious touch. Similarly, you could look at the houses of famous artists for inspiration on interior design or decor.
Attention to detail
When you decorate, you need to do so to a good standard. If something is wrong, people will notice. It does not matter how much you spend on furnishing and finishing the room, if one sheet of wallpaper is not matched up properly that fault is the one thing everyone’s eye will be drawn to. Attention to detail is essential to achieving the luxury look.
Luxurious soft furnishings
Adding luxurious soft furnishings to a room is also a quick and easy way to add a bit of class to a space. Even a relatively mundane bathroom can be completely transformed using a stack of fluffy towels, a heavy bath mat, and some decorative soaps and toiletries.
Use lighting to create the right ambience
How you light a room is important. Lighting can be used to highlight the features you want people to notice first. As an example, you could install an up light to draw attention to a high-quality painting or ornament. Doing so draws the eye to that area of the room, whilst other areas remain in shadow. Also, be mindful of which rooms you want to have bathed in natural light and which rooms you want artificially lit. You could immediately take control of the light in a room that has lots of sunlight by adding some plantation-style Window Shades and then deciding where to place the lamps and lights for optimal use.
Where to get ideas
By far the best approach is to imitate what you see in luxury settings like spas and five-star hotels.
Boutique hotels are particularly good sources of inspiration. They tend to be smaller than most top-end hotels are. The fact that they are similar in scale to a family home means that the ideas you pick up when you see them in magazines are more likely to work. Boutique hotels also have more personality and individuality than the large corporate hotel chains do, so you tend to pick up more ideas. You do not necessarily have to stay in one to pick up ideas. There are plenty of photos available online, which you can browse through for inspiration.
If you would like to learn more about creating a luxury finish for your home, you can easily do so by reading this article.