We often hear the term ‘modern luxury’ in design; it can be applied to homes, offices, institutions or any other interior space. But, what constitutes modern luxury interior design?
Does it mean acquiring a very expensive piece of art or furniture that you then put on display? If you spend a ton of money on an interior space, does that automatically make it luxurious?
To really understand what these words mean, we first need to understand them individually and then look at how they can be combined to achieve a modern luxurious vibe.
In this post, we delve into what constitutes modern luxury in today’s day and age and how you can achieve it in your home.
What Is Luxury?
When we think of luxury, we think of a certain glamor quotient. A luxurious home is one in which everything looks like it belongs together. The space is warm, inviting, and unique in its characteristics. Hence, it invokes an emotion of extreme well being.
Luxury is all about comfort and convenience; the space and the systems that make it function smoothly, serve you, the user.
Therefore, luxury is an experience; a feeling of being alive, nurtured and feeling restful. It does not necessarily refer to any particular item or accent piece, but rather how you feel when you see that item well placed in your home.
A well-planned modern luxury interior design strives to make you want to come home. Your home fills you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, making you feel like you’re on top of the world. That is luxury.
What Defines Modern?
Modern design draws from many different styles; you can have Mediterranean Modern, Modern Contemporary design and Mid-Century Modern design, just to name a few of the more popular modern design styles.
The term ‘modern’, in design, refers to design that transcends time. It is recent, relevant and does not feel outdated. Effective modern design will not go out of style for at least a decade. It takes inspiration from the future, but has evolved from the past.
Hence, to put it in simple terms, modern design is all about linear lines, clean geometry and simple design. There are no frills and fluff; modern spaces are clutter free and spacious, creating a free-flowing design.
Modern design can also be combined with elements of classic design to create an unusual mix of styles. Use simple, organic curves with strict linear geometry to create a pleasing contrast.
Some of the most popular modern designers have created timeless pieces that are works of art. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity.
Modern design epitomizes exquisite craftsmanship, attention to detail and a unique marriage of materials, fabrics and finishes. Hence, we can achieve a high level of customization tailored to your individual desires and needs.
Popular modern design companies don’t follow trends. Their creations are not dependent on changing styles.
The Ethan Allen brand is a uniquely American design brand that has survived decades of change. There are a host of other brands such as BoConcepts, Roche Bobois and Minotti. Their products embrace simple, graceful lines, neutral fabrics in tones of beige, grey, brown and off-white. This quality of design that transcends time barriers is the essence of modern design.
What Is Modern Luxury Interior Design?
If we then combine the elements of luxury with those of modern design, modern luxury interior design translates to simplicity in design.
The quality of the space and the visual balance created by the unique combinations of color, geometry and scale make a bold statement. This is what stands out and makes coming home pure joy.
Modern luxury is highly subjective. Every client’s idea of luxury will differ based on what is important to them. Let’s look at the analogy of a luxury car.
What makes a car luxurious? It could be the plush interior leather upholstery, a state of the art sound system, services such as a mini-refrigerator or custom seat settings that recognize the user’s personal preferences.
Therefore, how the car drives and how it makes you feel, rather than how it looks, is what defines a luxury car.
The same idea can be applied to your home. What do you love and what makes you feel indulgent and happy?
The answer to this question will define luxury for you. It could be the artistic placement of a special piece of furniture, automated home systems that can be customized to your needs or a state of the art sound system that plays music which resonates with your soul.
Principles of Modern Luxury Interior Design
Previously, not everyone could afford modern luxury design in their homes. This was thought to be a style favored by the rich and famous. This is no longer true.
In modern times, the idea of luxury has changed. What then are the principles of modern luxury design today?
Today, sustainability is highly valued in modern luxury design. As our natural resources diminish, designers are looking to source materials from responsible, renewable resources.
Reusing refurbished materials is a trademark of modern luxury interior design. The modern interpretation of classic materials has lead to many iconic designs that add the element of luxury to modern design.
One such material is reclaimed wood. It is a popular choice in many homes. A large dining table made from a single piece of reclaimed wood and polished to a glossy finish, adds drama and visual interest to a dining room.
Reclaimed wooden flooring is soft and warm on bare feet, giving an unmistakable feeling of indulgent comfort.
Efficient automated systems can also contribute to eco-friendly luxury. LED lights are an excellent energy saving option. Lights can be installed with dimmers and timers for adjustable consumption.
Smart homes are the latest in modern luxury trends. These homes use devices to monitor and regulate systems within the house. This gives you greater flexibility in usage. It also offers shortcuts that save time and can end up saving you money in the long run.
These smart technologies are usually compatible with smart phones. Therefore, you have the luxury of being able to control systems within your house from any remote location.
Love of Nature
Nature maintains a perfect balance in its composition, scale, texture and color. These are the very same principles we strive to achieve in our modern homes. Therefore, it makes sense to integrate nature into our homes. Blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior space makes us feel calm and relaxed.
Use fresh flower arrangements or potted plants that match the modern vibe of your home. Opt for white or neutral colored pots that are simple and draw attention to the plants in them.
Alternatively, you can let nature lead and build your home around a magnificent tree that might be existing on your site.
Modern luxury interior design is all about exclusivity. You are looking for elements that make a statement and stand apart from the ordinary. This could be as simple as a stark white wall with a large piece of artwork. It could also be a bespoke chandelier that is the centerpiece of your dining room.
The focus is on having something unique and taking pride in showing it off in your home.
Not to be confused with exclusivity, individuality is at the core of modern luxury design.
It defines the space as belonging to you. Good design incorporates the client’s aesthetic, style and preferences into the designed space.
This could be anything that defines luxury for you; a family picture wall, memorabilia collected on your travels or your own personal wine cellar stocked with vintage wines.
What makes it luxurious is that it appeals to you on a personal level, giving you immense joy and pleasure. What makes it modern is the way it is incorporated into the space.
Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is what gives a space that element of luxury and exclusivity. It could be as subtle as the exquisite craftsmanship in a unique piece of furniture – the perfect combination of graceful lines, plush fabric and crafted trim.
It could also be interpreted as taking in to account your lifestyle and desires.
So, incorporating a state-of-the-art music system with speakers in various parts of the house is attention to detail for a client who loves listening to music. This would allow you to listen to music while relaxing in bed.
Being able to remotely control the music without having to get out of bed and go to its physical location shows attention to detail. Such thoughtful touches add an undeniable element of indulgence to everyday living.
Elements of Modern Luxury Interior Design
Although each design is customized to suit the client’s needs, there are common elements to keep in mind when opting for a modern luxury interior design.
Keep The Space Clutter Free
Clutter induces stress. Modern luxury interiors are spacious and clutter free.
Keep your interior spaces simple. Don’t pack every empty nook and corner with an accent piece or furniture. When choosing your furniture or shopping for an accent piece, think about the scale of your room. Opt for one statement piece rather than several smaller ones.
Ensure that there is enough space around your furniture or decorative accent for people to appreciate its craftsmanship. This will draw their eye to the piece, inviting them into the room.
For example, if you have a large, bold painting on a wall, leave the space in front of the painting free from furniture so that it can be appreciated. If you have a bespoke dining table, leave enough space around it so people can take in its detailing and craftsmanship.
Breathing space in an interior helps to emphasize focal points. Allow enough space so that the scale, position and colors of your chosen accent can be comfortably appreciated.
Use A Neutral Color Palette
This is the golden rule of modern luxury interior design. A neutral color palette provides a subtle background for artwork, furniture and decorative accents. It also helps to tie the entire space together. You can opt for taupes, tans, browns, greys, off-whites, whites and blacks, or a combination of these.
Use decorative accents, fabrics and rugs to add pops of color and texture. Shimmering metallics are great accents and complement a neutral palette beautifully. They also add an element of glamor to the interior space.
Design For A Purpose
Modern minimalism has no place for frills. Design your interior space so that every element in it has a purpose. Avoid the temptation to pack the space with elements that do not contribute to the overall design of your minimalist modern interior.
Make sure that artwork, sculpture or furniture complement the modern luxurious vibe. Choose these for their lines and detailing instead of simply looking at color. Imagine them within the space rather than looking at them as individual pieces.
Use materials that convey style and luxury. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different material combinations. Marble, concrete, onyx, wood and metals can be combined in a variety of finishes to achieve a luxurious modern look.
Make this your space. Think about what luxury is to you. If this translates to music, invest in a high-quality sound system. If you are passionate about materials, choose a plush rug or an exquisite piece of furniture.
Think about lighting. Do amazing light forms give you a sense of comfort and happiness? If so, use lighting to create moods; soft lighting to help wind down, bright light for work spaces that demand a high level of energy or a minimalist chandelier that makes a statement.
Design For Convenience
We all deserve to be pampered. Our home is the one place we can feel at ease and relaxed. Hence, design your home to suit your convenience. Integrated, automated home systems can make life a whole lot easier while saving you time and money.
Automated lighting systems can create different moods at the touch of a button. Automated sound systems can fill you with pleasure and lift your mood or calm you down. Design your home for every convenience that is important to you.
How Milestone Can Help
At Milestone, we have designed many modern luxury interiors, each one unique in its own way.
We work intensively with all our clients to get a feel for what they like and what luxury is to them. We then take this information and translate it into spatial design incorporating your feelings, personality and tastes to make it work for you.
Getting To Know Our Clients
Our clients are our guiding force; it is important for us to get a feel for the client before we begin any design. This includes understanding your design aesthetic, your aspirations and your desires – basically we need to know what makes you tick!
To help us get a better feel for you, we recommend that you collect and bring in pictures of what you like. This would help us get a better feel for your personal taste. The clearer your ideas, the better the vision for the design.
When clients feel pride in their homes, it is the best testimony to successful modern luxury interiors. If you love your environment, the person stepping into it will pick up on that feeling of pure joy and happiness. Therefore, he will be able to appreciate the interior space design.
Quality design comes at a price. It is important to have a budget with realistic expectations.
Luxury interiors cost money. A single crafted accent piece can set you back quite a bit, but will add that oomph to your interior space. It is advisable to invest in one statement piece that stands out, rather than several ordinary accents that really do nothing for your interior.
At Milestone, we can advise you on a phase-wise installation plan. You can still achieve the modern luxury interiors you desire, but over a planned period of time.
The pleasure of building in phases has its own advantages – it allows for careful budgeting and the anticipation of acquiring something you love is heightened by the wait!
Come visit our show villa, which is a great showcase for modern luxury interior design.
Contact a member of our team to help build your dream!