What really sets luxury home interiors apart from ordinary home interiors, besides money, are the details. A luxury interior is a feast for the eyes with layers of visually stimulating colors, textures and forms. Although the aesthetic appeal of luxury furnishings and décor is of high importance, function still reigns as the most important element. High-quality materials and expert craftsmanship ensure luxury furnishings will perform as good as they look. Luxury is also defined individually, by each person’s individual needs and desires.
Among the top choices for flooring materials, hardwood floors fit beautifully in any type of decorating style. Top quality wood species include Cherry, Walnut, Hickory, Maple, Birch and Acacia. Luxury homes often feature wood floors with decorative patterns known as parquet floors. Additional upscale embellishments often added to luxury hardwood flooring include stone inlays and floor medallions. Other high-end flooring options include leather floor tiles, stone tiles, carpet tiles and luxury vinyl tiles.
Walls in upscale homes often feature some type of luxury paneling that adds texture, dimension and interest to the room. Stone veneer panels made from thin pieces of real stone install in the same manner as wall tile to add beautiful color and natural texture to walls. Leather wall panels, cherry or mahogany wood paneling, crown molding and custom carved wood panels add a rich, sophisticated look. Three-dimensional wall paneling can also be made from recycled, eco-friendly materials such as bagasse, a fibrous material extracted from crushed sugarcane stalks.
Decorative ceiling tiles add color, form and texture to ceilings in upscale homes. Install ceiling tiles with glue, nails or by dropping them into a grid-work system installed just below the actual ceiling. Materials used to make ceiling tiles include Styrofoam, plastic, tin, copper, steel, aluminum or slate and the tiles can be designed to look like plaster, metal, wood or leather. Other desirable architectural elements commonly seen in luxury homes include exposed wood beams and coffered ceilings. Ceiling medallions make beautiful embellishments above chandeliers or large pendant lights. Decorative molding, ceiling tiles, cove lighting and layered paint colors place emphasis on tray ceilings, stylistic recessed areas often built-in to ceilings in upscale homes.
Upscale homes have layers of lighting options in every room. Architectural features such as vaulted ceilings, commonly seen in luxury homes, often require special lighting considerations. Recessed down lights used for general lighting can be adjusted to focus on specific areas for task and accent lighting. Individual track lights can be used this way as well and new, trendy designs have made track lighting a much more desirable option. Large chandeliers or oversized hanging pendants make a dramatic focal point in great rooms, dining rooms, living rooms and even bedrooms. Decorative table lamps, floor lamps and wall sconces keep dark areas at bay while providing a decorative element. Accent lighting used to emphasize architectural details and decor can include cove lighting, wall sconces and spotlights focused on walls, indoor plants, sculptures and artwork.
Use large, oversized luxury furniture to fill large spaces, with upholstery made from the upscale materials including leather, velvet and silk. Highly lacquered, exotic tropical woods such as mahogany, mango, and ebony provide rich, luxurious finishes. Custom, handcrafted details such as Mother of Pearl inlays, hand carving and hand painting add a signature look to furniture that is well made and durable. Styles vary from antique reproductions to contemporary and sleek, ultra-modern designs, depending on the style of the home.
No expense is spared when it comes to luxury home accessories. Fine art in the form of original oil paintings either from current contemporary artists or from historic masters graces the walls of upscale homes. Sculptures and art glass make elegant conversation pieces. High quality Persian and Oriental area rugs add exquisite detail to floors. Custom window treatments may include floor to ceiling drapes, wood blinds or plantation shutters, wood or fabric covered cornices or fanciful swags and jabots. Large vases with elaborate floral arrangements and oversized planters with indoor trees, palms or ferns add a personal touch. Antiques, exotic artifacts and treasures from worldly travels make unique display items that reflect one’s passions and interests.