Simple ideas to make luxury accessible in residential interiors


The myth that luxury interiors come with a heavy price tag is common. However, with proper planning and strategizing, it is possible to create luxury interiors without breaking the bank. In addition, with some simple details, spaces can be designed to feel more luxurious on a limited budget.

Adding Textural Quality
One way to add depth and richness to a space is by layering materials. Combining different materials and textures, such as velvet, leather, and natural fibres, can ensure textural quality. For example, a simple cushion can be transformed into a luxurious one by adding metallic embroidery, tassels, or a silk or velvet trim.
Integrating smart solutions
Choosing the right appliances and smart systems can also add to the sleekness of interiors. While efficiency is often associated with expensive devices, smart systems can save energy and time in the long run while still giving the space a high-end feel. For example, smart lighting systems that can be controlled with a mobile device or a voice assistant are becoming more accessible and affordable. Likewise, smart lighting and air conditioning systems also offer cost savings in the long run.

Paying attention to details
Paying attention to small details such as sockets, handles, and switches can also significantly impact the look and feel of a space. By choosing high-quality and well-designed options, the space’s overall aesthetic can be elevated. For example, a simple light switch can be replaced with a sleek touchpad, or door handles can be upgraded to more elegant designs.
Sticking to a theme and design style can also make a space feel more luxurious.

Incorporating design themes
By using a consistent colour palette and material selection, a cohesive look can be achieved. An open design theme can create the illusion of a bigger space, allowing for more natural light and enhancing the luxurious feel. Attention to detail is essential, as some may look lavish but can be challenging to maintain. For example, marble may look beautiful but can be prone to staining and damage if not sealed properly.

Creative Solutions to Mundane Problems
For example, in-built furniture and wardrobes can be an economical way to design a home while keeping clutter at bay. Concealed storage units within walls and beds can also be a great way to maximise space and create a more streamlined look. For example, a built-in headboard with hidden storage compartments can offer a place to store books or other items while adding a luxurious touch to the bedroom.
Proper planning and strategizing can transform any room into a luxurious oasis. Luxury is a subjective concept that revolves around comfort, visuals, and financial aspects. Furthermore, luxury is breaking away from trends to build a space that holds meaning, sentimental value, and layers of sensibilities and is personalised to the homeowner. With ever-growing smart technology, detailed market research, and an inclusive approach, one can achieve affordable luxury.



Rahul Mistri, Founder and Principal Designer at Open Atelier Mumbai