If you feel that your living room is starting to look a bit dowdy and uninspiring, then it might be time for a spruce up! Many people would like their living room to feel more luxurious since there’s a definite correlation between luxury and comfort. But how can you do that? Won’t it cost a fortune to achieve that kind of effect? Actually, it doesn’t have to.
There’s simplicity in luxurious interior room design, but you have to know at least a few tricks to making a room look more luxurious without resorting to massive influxes of capital.
1. New Mouldings on the Ceiling
Changing the mouldings on your ceiling can seem like a very complex job to do, but it’s actually simpler than it seems. All it takes is finding the right kind of experienced tradesman to get the job done right. Be prepared to invest a little more for a really luxurious and high-quality finish in the mouldings.
New mouldings help to add a real “wow” factor to the room by lending a sense of grandeur and opulence to even the most mundane-seeming part of the room — the ceiling. It’s not a coincidence that some of the finest examples of interior splendour celebrated globally also include some major decorative features on their ceiling. We’re not saying turn your home into the Sistine Chapel, but even a small more ornate upgrade makes a huge difference.
2. Find and Display Antiques
Well-placed antiques can do wonders for an interior space, lending both grace and dignity to the space. Antiques are “beautiful old things” that have a story and are individual in their nature. They are not the mass-produced types of furniture purchased from megastores that inevitably see many people sharing the same kinds of items. Useful and affordable as they are, they don’t add genuine luxury to a living space.
You don’t have to go mad or overspend on antiques. An antique writing desk and chair, a vintage armchair, or even something like a mirror, chest of drawers, or even a side table can do wonders as what is known as an “accent” piece where you mix it with more modern items in a lovely harmony.
3. Create Space and Light
No luxury home, regardless of the real wealth of its occupant, looks luxurious when it is dominated by clutter and characterised by a lack of space. Dreary, dark rooms piled high with mess are miles away from being luxury living spaces. To that end, one should do everything they can to maximise both light and space.
Natural light is best, so keep drapes open and other window decorations to a minimum to let in more light. Clear space by getting smarter with storage, and throwing out unwanted clutter that is just gathering dust. Every space in the room should be occupied by something with a function, even if that function is simply to beautify the space.
4. Large Works of Art
Instead of buying many smaller pieces of art, why not pool some cash together and buy something really big to dominate one wall. Larger works of art are naturally grander and draw the eyes of everyone in the room to that sense of splendour. You can accent different parts of the room with smaller works of art, of course, but having at least one larger piece works wonders.
5. It’s All in the Lighting
Finally, work on creating the right types of lighting to naturally lend luxury to the room however you illuminate it. You typically need something very tasteful and splendid adorning the ceiling as your main light sources. You could also hide more light sources behind ceiling ridges to create more light in the space but without compromising the minimalist feel.
The other approach is to use tasteful and stylish lamps placed strategically in a space to add softer mood lighting around the room to accent colour and give the whole space a cosier, more sumptuous feeling, especially in the evening.