How to make your home luxurious

Written on 30 July 2013 by Alistair Boscawen in Property News

Want to make sure your home looks as sumptuous as possible? Here are some great interior design tips!

Luxury HomeThey say that your home is your castle, so no matter how big, small, expensive or affordable your property, you will no doubt want to make it look like a million dollars.

In London, however, you might not have much space to play with or the budget to copy the rich and famous. But what’s for certain is that you don’t need to extend into your basement, install a swimming pool, tennis court, bowling alley, cinema or ballroom to increase the value of your home and provide a real sense of opulence.

Here, we look at ways in which a few simple changes to your interior can help you keep up appearances with even the most expensive homes in the city:

1.   Flooring

There is something about a wooden floor that adds a sense of grandeur and space. While many people automatically look at wool-rich carpets for that sense of luxury, wood is traditional yet stylish and the darker the wood the more expensive it looks. It can make even the smallest of rooms look lighter, fresher and much more modern.

2. Supersize your cushions

When it comes to accessorising with cushions, a lot of us are tempted to head to our nearest interiors store and buy off-the-shelf designs which are neither unique nor create the real impact we desire.

If you want to make it look like you’ve spent a fortune on your soft furnishings, search for a couple of cushions (bigger than 18 inches) or have some handmade for you. Placing these bigger, more sumptuous looking cushions on your sofa will instantly give off a sense of grandeur.

3. Lighting

Lighting is one way which you can not only wow your guests, but also set the mood for the entire room, so getting it right is extremely important. If a chandelier isn’t within your budget, there are other options. Find your nearest specialist lighting store and look for a statement piece – if it’s for the hallway or living room areas, something big, creative and eye-catching will make an impact without costing you thousands of pounds.

4. Go black

It may seem like an odd thing to suggest because we’ve always been told that white adds a sense of space and cleanliness, but one way to add a sense of luxury is to paint your interior doors black. You’d be amazed at how this simple change can have such a huge impact on your home because even the most inexpensive or poor quality doors can present themselves as hotel-chic with a little makeover.

5. Add colour

The colour of your walls can have an instant impact and really can set the tone for the rest of the room. Always be careful when choosing colours for a small space – don't opt for really dark colours unless it’s for accessories or to make a statement as this could actually make your room look smaller. Rich, saturated colours add a real sense of luxury – mix them with neutral tones to achieve harmony in your home!

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Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen


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