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What does luxury mean to you?


When you hear the word luxury, what comes to mind? Is it expensive cars, furs and furnishings, or is it comfort, minimalism and a sprawling property?

Ultimately, luxury can mean many things and the answer to that question will change depending on who you ask. The same is true when it comes to luxury in home furnishings and design today: Everyone has a different opinion of what makes a house luxurious.

Let’s explore what luxury in home design means to some real estate and decor experts to pinpoint what the height of opulence can look like.

Quality over quantity

You may think that a luxury home simply means it’s large, but that’s not the case. In an interview with Realtor.com, Lisa Gild of Partners Trust said, “Luxury is the quality of the build, the location of the home, and the magnitude of the property — but it is also very personal.”

For some people this could be a high-rise with sweeping city views, for others, a large home on the ocean with a private beach. A luxury home is truly in the eye of the beholder, but it is typically one built with quality materials and meets the style preferences and practical needs of the homeowner. Whether that means a smart home with minimalist decor, or a sprawling cape inspired by the sea, as long as the quality of the build is there, it’s on its way as being described as luxurious.

Luxury is in the eye of the beholder.


Leather, velvet and satin are all considered luxury materials used in home furnishings and clothing, and it’s no wonder why. Not only do these materials look elegant, they also feel expensive and are comfortable to lounge on.

In fact, noted interior decorator Billy Baldswin once said “Comfort is perhaps the ultimate luxury.” Luxurious homes typically include furnishings like sofas and drapery in these materials and added accessories like plush pillows and blankets for added comfort.

An attention to detail

While location, price and square footage are all basic factors that make a home ideal, one thing can be the difference between a high-end house and luxury home: detail. According to RocketHomes, homes that include “uncommon architectural details and exceptional amenities” are ones that exude an extravagant feel.

Extra details, like custom built-ins, a chef’s kitchen or unique decor help a luxury home stand out from those that would be defined as high-end and is highly coveted by homeowners.


Many homeowners would likely describe the house of their dreams as luxurious, and that’s because it would have all of the amenities and style they love. Achieving this look of opulence is easier than homeowners may think; all it takes is some customization and assistance from an expert interior designer.

David Haseley, Sr. Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Decorating Den Interiors summarized this idea.

“Luxury is all about customization,” he said. “Having a design and product that is unique and special just for my client.”

When homeowners can choose the design elements and furnishings they desire in their home, they create their own luxurious bubble.

If you want to bring some elegance to your home, whether it’s through luxurious furnishings, unique decor or opulent staging, the professionals at Decorating Den Interiors are here to make your vision a reality. Like David Haseley, they understand that luxury means different things for different people, so they are to discuss all of your ideas to design a space that meets your expectations.

Contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors today to book a free in-person or phone consultation to begin adding some opulence to your interior design.

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