Stunning Home Decoration Ideas
Excerpt: There’s a special kind of comfort in stepping into a luxurious, elegant palace that’s entirely your own. Decorating your home so that it feels sophisticated and high-end is not out of reach for most budgets, especially if you know what to prioritize.
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Our Favorite Luxurious Design Ideas
There’s a special kind of comfort in stepping into a luxurious, elegant palace that’s entirely your own. Decorating your home so that it feels sophisticated and high-end is not out of reach for most budgets, especially if you know what to prioritize.
If you want to upgrade your interior and give it a luxurious touch without redecorating it from the ground up, we have plenty of ideas to get you started. When you put the time and effort into turning your home into your dream destination, everyone who steps through your doors will be rewarded with a feeling of comfort and relaxation—especially you.
Here are our top ideas for luxurious ways to elevate your interior design at home.
1. Try Temporary Wallpaper
Painting your walls is always a nice refresh, but wallpaper is coming back in fashion.
However, unlike a couple of coats of paint, the beauty of wallpaper is that you’re not locked into a color choice forever! Temporary adhesive wallpaper is a great way to revamp your wall and add some stylish flair. Unlike paint, the designs can be as bold and elaborate as you want with minimal effort. Plus, if you put it up and you decide it’s actually not your style, simply take it off!
One style you can try is a feature wall. If you have four full walls of ornate and busy designs, the room runs the risk of feeling a little cluttered. When a single wall is covered in an exciting wallpaper design, however, the design feels bold and draws your eye to this center point. If your wallpaper is especially busy, you can make it stand out and look intentionally exciting by using minimal furnishings and decor around it. Minimal decor could include basic floor lamps, plants, and mirrors. A feature wall with a mirror could be a perfect touch for a dining room, for instance.
But temporary wallpaper doesn’t have to be intricate. You can also use temporary wallpaper simply to change your wall color to something completely plain!
2. Add a Centerpiece Rug
A rug can really tie a room together. It creates a visual grouping that collects furniture and decor together and makes them feel more at home. It’s also a great way to make cold wood, stone, linoleum, or other hard floors feel less cold and uninviting.
One trap that hyper-modern and minimalist homes fall into is the feeling of coldness and austerity. A rug reduces that feeling significantly. Rugs have a cozy feel especially if you have a traditional Persian rug or a bold designer rug that stands out.
A rug can really change the feel of a room and heighten the luxurious feel. A rug can be quite expensive, but good rugs made with care can last for generations. (There are still surviving Persian woolen rugs over a thousand years old!)
Rugs are also excellent for open floor plans. If you have a big open space but you want to delineate a dining room or a living area, for example, a rug is perfect.
3. Install an At-Home Spa
There’s nothing more luxurious than a spa, and with a fair bit of design and construction, you can have a spa of your own at home!
First, decide what kind of home spa you want. Do you simply want a place to escape the world and relax, or do you want a hot tub, whirlpool bath, and sauna? Do you want your spa to be indoors and outdoors? Do you have the climate and/or budget to maintain an outdoor spa area?
Many contractors can assist you with ideas for creating your at-home spa. If you source the materials and labor for your spa construction locally, you can save money and support your community.
4. Use Bamboo Flooring
Wood flooring always has a timeless elegance that cannot be outdone. The smooth and natural feel of the wood can be accentuated with rugs for any design. Bamboo flooring has a warm and natural look that heightens your feeling of hominess and relaxation. Take this a luxurious step further by using sleek and beautiful bamboo.
Bamboo flooring, when treated properly, can be remarkably stain-resistant. It’s perfect for pets and children—well, virtually anyone because inevitably we all have accidents with red wine or coffee every once in a while! They can also withstand heavy foot traffic over many years.
Bamboo can be one of the more eco-friendly choices for flooring in your home, too. When ethically sourced, it can be a great resource for your home. You can also get a bamboo kitchen fitted. This is another ultramodern style that will last a lifetime.
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5. Revamp Your Lighting
Sometimes your interior design is incredible, but your lighting might be washing everything out. Lighting has a much stronger effect on the psychological impact of a design than you might realize!
Anyone who works in cinema or photography knows how even minuscule changes in the lighting color, brightness, and positioning can have a huge effect on how we perceive the subject. This is likewise true for interior design.
In your head, contrast the feel of an upscale cocktail bar with an old corporate office building with cubicles. The former feels warm, inviting, and chic, while the latter feels cold, stressful, and uncomfortable. This has just as much to do with the furniture and decoration as it does with the lighting. If a corporate office had dim backlighting, it would surely feel more laid-back and relaxed. If the cocktail bar had bright white fluorescent lighting, it would surely feel less inviting and cheaper.
With that example in mind, consider if your lighting is having an impact on your interior. Try experimenting with bulbs whose brightness and color can be changed with an app or a controller. LED lights and smart light bulbs are cheaper and easier to install than ever, and they keep getting better over time. Don’t underestimate the power of a beautiful light fixture, either! With a little TLC, you can make your lighting feel expensive.
6. Reduce Clutter with Clever Storage Solutions
Clutter is probably the number one factor that makes a home look like a mess rather than a magazine. Clutter is more of a pesky eyesore than you might even realize, and it affects the ambiance of your home significantly. Use storage spaceto declutter.
Clutter, and therefore the feeling of chaos, could be the barrier between your nice home feeling luxurious versus messy. It has more of an effect than you think! Clutter isn’t just papers and keys that you leave lying around, though. It’s also clumped up bundles of cables, piled up sentimental items, and even unorganized decor.
Reorganization à la Marie Kondo can be achieved simply by taking tips from her marvelous show and taking a trip to the Container Store. If you can’t reduce your mess, make sure you hide it away in clever drawers, IKEA storage solutions like the beloved KALLAX, or wall shelves. Never underestimate the revitalizing power of getting rid of old junk for your interior.
7. Reupholster Old Furniture
If you’re sick of your furniture or even just the color of it, you don’t have to toss it out onto the lawn. Reupholstering costs far less than buying brand-new furniture, and it completely transforms the feel of your design.
If you’re DIY savvy and you’re keen to take on a new project, you can also try reupholstering furniture yourself. We highly recommend starting with something small like an ottoman before ripping the upholstery off an entire sectional first. This can be an enjoyable and cost-efficient way to give your home a luxurious feel. Up the luxury ante by adding rich velvet or silk!
Revitalizing your furniture could even be as simple as adding new throw pillows. You can also DIY these to your exacting specifications by visiting a fabric store. Pillowcases are one of the easiest things to learn how to sew, even for total beginners.
8. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Plants
Plant lovers and interior designers alike appreciate the power of houseplants to make a space soothing and inviting. Not only do plants have psychological benefits, especially in the winter, but they also give your home a fancy, elegant touch.
Houseplants add interesting texture to an interior and help fill spaces in corners. The color green is uplifting for the spirit and goes with virtually any design. You can add plants on the floor, on windowsills, hanging in corners, or virtually anywhere.
Plants are natural air purifiers, improving how your home feels and smells. Just make sure your plants are kept safely away from any pets.
Define Luxury For Yourself
It’s important to remember that luxury could look different for everyone. Some people might imagine a quality interior as gold-plated everything, ornate, full of artwork, and packed with Versailles-esque grandeur. Other people might envision it as modern, minimalistic, and full of big open spaces with large windows to a marvelous city view.
If you want your home to feel luxurious, you need to define what it means for you personally. Your home is your palace, and you should make it your own.
We hope these ideas helped inspire you to add a bit of luxury into your life!