In the words of Coco Chanel: ‘some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.’ We couldn’t agree more. Everyone deserves a little luxury in their home, whether it’s simple things such as beautiful scented candles, thick and fluffy bathroom towels or just a good bottle of red with dinner. When it comes to materials, luxury is having a moment. Mixing up traditionally high-end materials with more mainstream ones is an affordable way to ensure your home stands out from the crowd. It’s official: you don’t have to be a millionaire to bring a touch of luxe to your rooms! Here are our top four materials that shout sophistication, and how you can incorporate them into your interiors easily and without breaking the bank…
The most obvious use of marble in the home is on the kitchen worktop. This is an easy, sophisticated and timeless look and works really well in smaller spaces where it offers the same luxurious finish as granite but in a more contemporary way. Team with matt white handleless kitchen units for an up-to-the-minute minimalist scheme, and hang pendant lamps over island units and dining areas to add a warm, intimate feel.
If kitchen worktops are a stretch too far, then consider marble accessories. There’s a huge array of tealight holders and candlesticks on the high street these days – and you can also find marble-topped coffee and side tables, such as the one pictured above, both practical and eminently stylish.
People are becoming more and more aware of the provenance of products, whether it’s their fruit and veg, their clothing or even their interior accessories. There’s nothing more satisfying than buying hand-made items that were created with love and care.
Lee Broom’s crystal bulbs were a huge interiors hit way back in 2012 and continue to be popular. Whether or not their popularity sparked the trend for artisanal glass products is up for discussion but beautiful, hand-blown glass pieces are everywhere this year. We love the stunning Melt pendants from Tom Dixon, with their organic, fluid shapes, but coloured glass also makes a strong style statement when used on vases or simply as pieces of art to be admired.
Silk is a big trend in fashion for Summer/Autumn 2016, seen across scarves and dresses on the catwalks. In interiors, silk works beautifully as a wallcovering. It’s not a cheap product by any means, but if you’re investing in your home and want to make a real statement, you’ll find silk wallcoverings work brilliantly in bedrooms. Confine to one wall (behind the bed for example) and pick a suitably restful shade such as duck-egg blue to add a real touch of hotel chic to your boudoir.
If you don’t like the idea of using silk on your walls, an easier and more affordable way of bringing this wonderfully tactile material to your home is through cushions. Did you know it’s been proven that you can never have too many cushions!? Add a splash of colour to white bed linen or a grey sofa with some vibrant printed silk cushions – ikats and batik designs work beautifully.
Brass and golden tones
Last year was all about copper – this year we’re seeing a definite move towards the richer hues of brass and gold. These reflective materials are brilliant at bouncing light around a space, and add a real note of luxury and sophistication. Simple accessories such as a bowls with brass interiors, brass hardware such as door handles and even an opulent brass tray set on a sideboard are great ways to bring this material to your home.
Complete the look: You can even add a touch of luxury to your doors! Choose our wonderful Black Walnut veneer doors with metal inlays to add a reflective element to your interiors.