Building luxury takes time and commitment. Luxury interior design means more than just the price tag.
In today’s design environment, luxury customers expect form, function and uniqueness all in one. They covet homes that reflect their placement and personality, rather than being specially stylized, and expect them to be customized to their individual needs and aesthetics.
Dann Foley, founder and interior designer of Foley & Stinnette, said:
Luxury customers often want a particular look or style, from ‘city modern’ to ‘Italian Riviera’. Now the focus has shifted to encapsulating the client’s lifestyle. Designers are homeowners and want to embody what they want.
“I try to highlight how they relate to each other personally, no matter where the home is: beach, mountain, desert, city,” says Foley. Instead of thinking, “I’m in Florida and I want lots of palm tree patterns,” it’s about their experience there now. It will not be influenced by the story so far. ”
Designers believe that custom-made furniture is on the rise in the upscale market as interest in motifs wanes.
Goff Christian, designer and owner of Christian Designs LLC, said: “Many of the pieces I sell and make are one-of-a-kind. I do the designs and upholstery myself. , there is no problem in waiting.”
For example, according to Houzz, luxury Houston homeowners spent $90,000 on kitchen remodels in 2019 for the top 5% of the market, and nearly four times that amount, $370,000 for the top 0.5%. The San Francisco homeowner spent $157,000 in the top 5% of the market, and almost double that in the top 0.5%, $350,000. In response, the designer began to personalize various elements within the kitchen, such as cabinet styles and details.In contrast to his clean, modern slab doors of the 1990s and early 2000s, the client now Seeking more dimensions and embellishments.
“These days, the frame that surrounds each door and door panel doesn’t surround everything individually,” says Foley. “It’s around the cabinet stack and the custom he feels like a cabinet. If you did the slab counter and backsplash with the same material, you’d probably use it somewhere else. Cover the wall or put it on the floor.” maybe.”
Joni Vanderslice of ASID, NCIDQ, designer and president of J. Banks Design, has also seen luxury clients become more adventurous in style in their kitchens and family rooms.
“They are more concerned with luxurious finishes on all furnishings and textures,” she says. “Wall wallpaper, for example, is no longer an issue. It may have a unique type of inlay or engraving. There is a lot of interest in spending money on these finishes.”
Designers are also seeing high-end antiques and heirlooms take center stage again, making home furnishings more personalized. It provides an interesting story and a feeling of nostalgia.
“We’re not talking about ’90s antique collectors. We’re talking about new approaches to antiques and traditionalism,” says Foley. “So it’s a mix of modern and clean pieces that we’ve all come to love.”
Almost any antique or vintage piece works in a luxurious setting, as long as the finish corresponds to something in the space. It is important. For example, a vintage ottoman under a cocktail table or under a console table can help you put your feet up and relax, or place a tray on top while entertaining.
Luxury brand customers are also embracing color in 2022 and are not afraid to make bold statements, even with a single material or color. Foley said that pre-COVID, there were several designs centered around all-white kitchens and gray-on-his. Well, both are outdated.
“For our high-end clients, we use strong statement colors as neutrals and create bold spots throughout the room,” he says. It can also be used for decoration.”
A few years ago, clients became accustomed to the idea of colorful cabinets. Today, they’re open to blues, greens, and, according to Foley, “frankly any color that comes to mind.”
“Kitchens are also becoming more and more personalized through color, and so are bathrooms,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be immaculate and immaculate to feel fresh and clean. There are so many in the range of materials available, especially to our luxury customers.”
In one of Christian’s recent vacation rental projects in Long Beach, California, the use of color and unique design made a difference. With so many vacation homes on the market, Christian says he is always trying to design something that catches the eye.
“If you add a little more luxury to those places, it will attract people who want to rent out those spaces for longer periods,” he says.
Luxury clients are passionate about entertaining their guests and gravitate toward furnishings that make them feel comfortable. To accommodate this, Christian designed the vacation home’s indoor/outdoor spaces to serve both entertaining and relaxing.
“We wanted to create a really fun outdoor setup with a fire pit sitting area,” he says. “There’s a sitting area across from the sitting area that overlooks the house, and a separate sitting area. I also put a huge chessboard outside because I thought it would be nice for the kids to play outside. , made it removable so the client could turn the area into a dance floor. It is important to raise the level so as to give
With so many people working from home in the luxury market, second homes like this also had to do double duty. In the past, a client may have been able to visit these secondary homes only for one week or two weeks per year. Now they spend a lot of time in their secondary home, not on vacation. And since working from home is a common practice today, our designers have set aside space for their businesses to suit each client’s personal work preferences.
“It could be something as simple as a really comfy chair in the living room, family room, or great room with access plugs nearby,” says Foley. Clients can sit at their computers, make phone calls, or sit comfortably and make Zoom calls.
Some clients don’t want to be locked into a specific room or space in their home.
“Maybe they want to move around,” says Vanderslice. “Having one comfortable space is no longer important. People now want to carry their laptops to bars and kitchen islands. is.” FLDs