Luxury properties are equally defined by their attention to detail as they are by square footage, expensive amenities, and quality construction. Because of this, the accent falls disproportionately on the interior. In a sense, luxurious houses denote the quality of life, sophistication, elegance, and some imposing feeling that living is easy.
But even if we narrow it down to stylistic preferences concerning location, interior components of luxury homes are far-ranging. Design narratives exist on a spectrum, with many elements available.
If you are living in the American south and trying to come up with ideas for your next remodeling project, this article might inspire you. We'll look at comfort and creativity and apply them to the charming, hedonistic narrative of southern luxury decor.
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Before we narrow down on tips and ideas, some market context is in order. Currently, luxury homes in places like San Antonio are dramatically gaining value. According to Express News, the median sale price is $712,000, representing more than 50% growth over the previous year.
And while many of these properties exhibit spaciousness and a captivating exterior, they still have luxurious decor as a common denominator.
To fully understand the south, we must appreciate its values, which dictate the interior narrative. Luckily, you can incorporate them through simple design choices. Because of this, the main themes are hospitality and comfort, expressed through inviting dining rooms, large living areas, and bright, spacious, open floor plans.
Another appeal of the south is authenticity. You'll find many Texan homes where quality materials are front and center through exposed beams of heavy timber and highlighted furniture.
Unsurprisingly, contemporary Chalet and country can be pretty prevalent among luxury properties. Still, it is equally common to see transitional and modern contemporary design narratives that match the former regarding their resell price.
Whatever your choice, remember to keep things consistent.
Play with lighting
When we think about interior design, we often forget one crucial duality. Night and day create contrasting conditions that expose design ingenuity, so decorating your home for these two different settings is vital.
We spend most of our hours at home during the evening. It is usually at this time of day when we thoroughly enjoy the space, relax, and not think about work.
Therefore, it is vital to experiment with light to create a calm interior or to achieve extra oomph. You can illuminate specific features like dining areas and accent walls or play with LED perimeter lighting, which puts entire segments of your floor plan into perspective.
A good interior is often at the mercy of a carefully planned design concept. For example, the Laurel Residence in Huston, Texas, places great importance on connecting every area around the property. Such connectedness creates an internal cohesion and an opportunity to weave your design narrative without interruption.
You can remove the curtains, continue the lighting pattern, and connect your living space with the patio. Similarly, the uniform flooring pattern can join your dining area with your hallway or blend the stairs with the rest of the floor concept to achieve a better flow.
Incorporate wall art and wall decor
Paintings can easily dominate the interior. Coupled with proper lighting and careful positioning, they can become focal points. If you want to achieve design consistency across your home, and enrich even the most mundane spaces, consider decorating your hallways. These spaces do not serve a particular function and can usually be neglected, especially in large properties.
Adding carefully-chosen wall decor or exquisite wall art will bring life to an otherwise empty pocket.
It's All About Furniture
The best way to utilize open spaces is to create beautiful islands of matching furniture. When there is consistency in your choices, you can use fewer items and still have fantastic-looking rooms.
Use decor for drama, but allow your furniture to take the main stage as you arrange imposing items front and center. The south appreciates minimalism and values quality pieces of charming furniture.
Color Sets the Tone
Bright interiors dominate the market whenever you browse property listings in places like Alamo City. The south enjoys abundant sunshine, and there is no reason to deny this blessing by choosing a darker color for your interior.
Nevertheless, if you are confident in your interior design concept, use complementary color palettes for brighter tones and contrasting ones for darker backgrounds. Yellow and teal, for example, are perfect highlights for a dark grey foundation.
Mind Your Focal Point
Your interior design story is not complete without a solid focal point. Usually, homeowners in the south decide to create accent walls that serve as exhibition spaces for artifacts and have one or several such depending on spaciousness and stylistic preferences.
As a rule of thumb, you'd like to avoid the cliche of making entertainment units the highlight of the room and opt for decorative elements, paintings, and perhaps a piano or an imposing dining table.