When it comes to interior design, most people look at what is commonly referred to as the 7 Essential Elements of Interior Design which you can find detailed online and in textbooks around the world. These elements discuss such things as space, form, light, color, line, pattern and texture. But those are simply building blocks from which a designer begins working. Unfortunately, this is where many interior designers drop the ball. That’s not everything that makes a design ‘work,’ it’s just the place to begin. It’s those common elements of interior design that are often forgotten as the underlying reason why most luxurious interior designs leave something to be desired. Let’s take a look at those ‘other’ essential elements so that you can begin working with your designer if you are trying to create an awe-inspiring living space.
Do you see anything listed in those elements above that speak of the one thing most upscale designs have that ordinary interior décor lacks? That would be comfort. Although those plush sofas and recliners can be a bit pricey, you can find them at affordable prices. If you are looking to emulate the lifestyle of the rich and famous, comfort is what you need – perhaps even more so than line, form or color!
Don’t be lulled into thinking that all those stark lines of modern décor typify upscale living. Usually, this is a business model for up-and-coming execs trying to exude an air of professionalism. Do you want to live in a home that resembles the waiting room in a clinic or doctor’s office? That’s just the feeling you’ll result in if you don’t add that extra bit of warmth and comfort.
Ambiance – It’s All About Mood
Something else you will find in most upscale interior design is that the whole picture sets a mood. When designing, the interior decorator literally gets into the head of their clients. What feeling are they seeking to capture? In fact, don’t you have that one friend who is especially hard to buy for because they seem to have everything?
They live in lush surroundings with more frills and toys than you could ever dream of owning. Why not take a good look at their home? What is the mood they are trying to set? Do they use aroma to enhance the ambiance of their design? Do they have a library with classic bodies of literature? If so, this would be a great time to order some unique gifts for book lovers if you are truly at a loss as to what to buy this Christmas or on a birthday or some other special day.
The Stage Is Set
So, perhaps to sum it up, it’s like setting the stage for a great reenactment of some special moment or time in your life. An upscale design is meant to reflect the person who lives there and not always modern or contemporary trends. Those who truly have a flair for upscale design understand that it’s all about ‘personal’ living space that makes a difference. No matter how much you spend on interior design, it will never be right unless it’s you.
Does your home feel like ‘you,’ who you are and what you stand for? If not, it’s back to the drawing board. An upscale life is all about living life on your terms, and that should be highlighted throughout your home.