“Home is where the heart is.”
As common as this quote is, it still rings true for many nesters who consider their home a place where their deepest affection lies. A home is not only a repository of material things nor a dormitory for exhausted bodies.
While definitions vary for what a home truly is, one thing is for certain: it is a place that people put much importance in. Where, when and why a home is chosen is such a personal decision, it’s no wonder why in modern luxury homes, every little detail matters.
So when settling into a new abode, how do you bring the warm feelings of being finally “home,” amidst a fresh beginning?
Transforming Your House Into a Home
To help new homeowners feel at home in their new place, here are five styling secrets to keep in mind:
1. Choose a comfy color palette
Color is a powerful tool that can dictate how a room looks and feels. Tiny rooms can look bigger and spacious areas can be made more intimate just by the color choice.
Choosing home colors may seem like an overwhelming chore but many paint companies and interior designers offer online tools and paint collections that help create a cohesive color palette.
It’s also helpful to remember that there is no one rule when choosing colors; it really depends on the homeowner’s personality and specific taste. There are trends that can guide you to achieve the look you’re aiming for, but the deciding factor still rests on what looks and feels good to you as the owner.
If you're into interior design that evokes contemporary luxury, you may want to look at luxury real estate developments located in elite communities around the world.
Take for example the family villas nestled in Dubai's "city within a city" Mohammad Bin Rashid development, or the townhomes in the stunning Meydan racecourse. These properties feature clean modern lines and harmonious color palettes – they’re perfect as is, or for tweaking to further match the homeowner's specific preferences.
Luxury properties synergize form and function. This smart approach to design makes them a great reference whether you're planning to make an investment or merely looking for some inspiration.
2. Go organic
Create a style statement with well-appointed, strategically positioned accessories. To warm up an industrial-looking space, opt for an organic style with raw materials.
“Raw” in home design refers to the use of materials that are usually irregular and rough, weathered and hand-hewn. As such, they lean towards a more rustic and natural feel. It is now trendy to incorporate materials such as repurposed wood, raw timbers, linen and hemp, rattan, natural stones, shells and leather in your decor.
These textured materials help homeowners achieve a perfectly understated interior. The muted tones of the natural elements intrinsically give off a calming vibe, making the home a place of harmony and relaxation.
3. Add texture and layers
Transform naked spaces into snuggly nooks with the addition of layers and textures.
2018 sees the modern maximalism trend making its way to more interiors. People are mixing metals, textures and sheen. Homeowners can choose brightly colored and bold-patterned pillows, accessories and even big furniture pieces. Decorating with bold-on-bold accents is also an option for a more vibrant space.
The kitchen is also another great area where you can showcase the use of varying textures and layers. The use of different materials in the ceiling, floor, cabinets, walls and fixtures give a warm, homey vibe to the area.
4. Display artwork
More than visual pleasure, art can add a personal touch to a new house.
Whether it is a carefully curated collection or a treasure trove of travel pieces, works of art can add depth and character to any room. Hang it, prop it on walls, or creatively stack them on tables, these creations will certainly bring back memories of a nester’s previous home or the stories behind each one that makes it a sentimental piece.
Even mirrors in white frames or family snapshots can add personality to any space. These can be strung together or blown up and framed in monochrome colors to add a distinct flair to the home.
5. Bring the outdoors in
Incorporating nature into the home design is a style that never goes out of trend, especially with the rise of environmental awareness. It’s also healthy to keep plants around, as they help reduce noise, filter air pollution and calm the senses.
Luxury home designers often aim to bring nature into the home as a way to create spaces that balance both energy and tranquility. Elite properties are often set amidst verdure spaces and surrounded by lush flora, evoking luxurious community living.
Homeowners can decorate window sills with natural foliage, dress up mantels with bright blooms, or create a welcoming atmosphere by placing floral fixtures on entryways. You can also place plants and floral arrangements all around the house to easily convert any spot into a sunny, cheerful space.
Having a place to call your own home is always a luxury. With a little effort and lots of heart, styling a house to transform it into a living, breathing space of calm, comfort and warmth can be achieved.