Hectic, stressful starts to the New Year can often be reflected in our interiors, which get neglected during the mad rush back to work after a Christmas break that just wasn’t long enough. All homes need relaxing, tranquil spaces to wind down in, and this season’s Urban Luxe look is the design solution to restoring calm and disposing of clutter in your space. Whether you’re looking to bring a few luxe details to your interior or want to go all out, here’s ten simple ways to rejuvenate your home with a modern, sophisticated and luxurious edge.
1.Clear Away Clutter
The Urban Luxe trend is inspired by luxurious, warehouse-style living and spacious loft apartments which on the outside may be urban, hip and gritty but on the inside are clean and clear of distracting clutter. Each carefully chosen piece of furniture and accessory needs plenty of space to stand out- as what’s not in the room is just as important as what is. Order is key, and clever storage solutions will come in handy when trying to keep your space beautifully bare. You’ll find keeping surfaces clear and putting everyday bits and pieces away is worth the effort when you discover the oasis of calm created in rooms that aren’t oppressed by all your stuff!
2.Decorate with oversized accessories & statement furniture
Urban Luxe is all about creating an impression of endless airiness and admiration. Oversized accessories, when surrounded by empty, uncluttered space, make a room look dynamic and spacious without being overbearing. Likewise statement furniture, when placed in uncrowded surroundings, creates contemporary focal points for guests to marvel over. When everything in a room has its own perfect place to stand out in each item becomes an instant talking point of admiration, in turn creating a look of sheer luxury in your home.
3.Adorn your space in fine materials
Fabrics are the most tactile additions to a home interior that your body and soul can relate to. The sumptuous feel of satin, silk and other smooth textiles between our fingertips, is the essence of why we indulge in the finest materials in our homes. Luxury linens, posh pillows and plush towels in rich, designer materials are a great way of bringing luxe details from the finest hotels into your very own master suite or bedroom. Using marble and glass for lighting or work-top solutions will also add grandeur and opulence to your home.
4.The Concrete Effect
Robust materials are also trending this season and this extends to concrete, the rough texture of which makes a great impact when contrasted with the softer textiles mentioned above. Polished concrete floors and furnishings add a touch of industrial-style glamour to a room, blending an urban, modern edge with luxurious living.
5.Create Bold Sweeps of Drama in every room
This tip comes straight from interior designer and MD of Dona Karren UK, Joâo Botelho, who’s mastered the Urban Luxe look in his East London townhouse. Giant Chandeliers, vintage busts, mirrors, glass doors, animal skin textiles, vases bursting with greenery and even a Zebra head from a taxidermy in Islington fill his rooms with brilliant visual statements that exude luxurious living.
6. Give your space a Golden Touch
Copper may have been the metal of the moment in 2015, but this year it's brass and gold that's gaining momentum, appearing not only in decorative objects and picture frames, but also in large-scale furnishings and wall treatments. Adding brass/gold detailing to your home will bring the Urban Luxe look perfectly together, because there's really no colour more gleaming and glamorous than this metallic shimmer. Gold has all the richness of silver and chrome but has the added advantage of being far warmer, so it works great as an accent colour to give your home a rich, luxe glow.
7. Liven Your Home With Imported relics
Bringing home niche artisanal objects from your travels is a great way to brighten up your space with a touch of luxe from all over the world, but if you haven't quite managed to go globe trotting yet, decorating your home with imported relics, artwork, sculptures and furniture from exotic locations will have the same effect, creating the impression you've traveled to luxurious destinations whilst exuding culture and sophistication.
8.Splash out on Artwork
Add luxe living into small, urban apartments by maximising walls with interesting artwork and statement clocks. Bringing the attention to one or two key pieces on a wall, rather than the whole wall itself, will help maintain a minimal, uncluttered look whilst adding a touch of cultural chic to your décor. Black and white posters, particularly of urban landscapes and city skylines, are a great way to marry a modern style with a luxury edge.
9.The Sophisticated Colour Palette
Create a contemporary look with a sophisticated scheme of neutrals. A muted colour pallet consisting of shades of monochrome, grey and brown will boost and complement the materials and texture used throughout the room and is integral to luxe living. For a boost of colour, add pops with statement furniture and wallpaper. Deep blue looks particularly dramatic on a feature wall.
For the inexperienced decorator, knowing where to start when re-vamping your home can be a little tricky. Simple steps from visiting show rooms and design centres to exploring the breadth of inspiring ‘Get the look’ pages in magazines and on social media, will give you much more direction on where to start!
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