“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”- Coco Chanel
How do you define luxury?
Is it excess? Or simply the absence of wanting? Would you consider it within the context of overindulgence? Or is it subtle and sophisticated elegance? Well, more often than not, most people have grown to believe the misconception that luxury equals opulence to the point of ostentatiousness. While luxury can be defined as grandeur and extravagance to a certain degree, it should be in by no means to be taken as hedonism—a decadent indulgence if you may. If this is the sort of mindset you have grown accustomed to, it might be time to remedy that as the essence of luxury has never been contained in the idea of buying the most expensive things money can buy. Sure, collecting original art pieces and purchasing the most expensive furniture might display your wealth and extravagance, but if it does not add to your home’s tasteful authenticity and subtle aesthetics, it would be for nothing.
The fact of the matter is, you might have a luxury condo in Makati or elsewhere—you might even have a lush mansion in the outskirts of the city, but true luxury is not something you can buy. It is effortless, organic and natural. Furthermore, it is a process that should ideally deep within you and would blossom through your lifestyle choices. In other words, luxury can be taken in the context of class in such a way that you should treat luxury design as a journey rather than a product.
Start your journey by following these interior design ideas for your living space and rooms and portray it in a tasteful and authentic light:
1.) Clean Up
Prepare the ground as they might say, but before attempting to do any decorating work, it is imperative that your homes be spotless and clutter-free. More often than not, the biggest roadblock homeowners would come across in their endeavors for a more luxurious home is getting rid of the stuff they have hoarded and accumulated over time. Ensure that you get rid of the stuff you do not need and leave only those practical necessities for your daily routine and living. Remember, luxury is not equated with superfluity. Quality, not quantity is key. So, start purging those needless items away.
2.) Transform Your Tech
You might wonder what technology has to do with luxury. Well, comfort and luxury go hand in hand and if there is anything tech could easily afford us, it is convenience as well as comfort. In this digital age wherein smartphones and smart television sets are a thing, it would be inevitable for the market to come up with smart homes as well. With smart homes, you can remotely control the lighting, temperature and a lot more things in your home. However, smart homes aside, ensure that if you have not gone wireless, you should keep cables out of sight and try to blend in devices such as the TV with the surroundings.
Shape is an integral element when it comes to influencing the subconscious. Try to observe your home and look around. Is everything just plainly a mixture of flat surfaces and square edges? Well, should your answer be in the affirmative, know that this will need to be immediately addressed. While you might associate sculptures to statues and the like, they are not constrained to that context alone. Sculptures can be anything that takes form and would add to the aesthetics of a space. In designing a space with luxury as a primary motivating factor, tastefully apply sculptures that would allow you to explore the differences from one shape to another. Know what makes one so unique and interesting. Lastly, try to see if it adds a sense of cohesion and beauty to your existing space.