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12 Must-Have Elements for a Luxury Home Interior Design

by DecorMatters|Apr 25, 2023

Have you ever walked into a room and felt instantly transported to a world of opulence and glamour? That's the power of luxury design. Whether it be the plush furnishings, the striking art pieces, or the awe-inspiring lighting, luxury design has the ability to make you feel like royalty.

But, is luxury design only for the rich and famous with mansions and private jets? Absolutely not! Luxury design is all about creating a space that feels indulgent, regardless of the size of your home. And the best part? You don't have to break the bank to achieve it.

Get ready to unleash your inner designer as we guide you through 12 must-have elements for a luxury home interior design.

1. Comfortable Seating

A beautiful home is pointless if you can't relax and enjoy it. Choose wisely from a variety of options, including soft sofas and cozy armchairs. However, not all seating will provide the same feeling for your home, and in order to create a luxury home, you'll have to choose wisely.

luxury living room design with elegant seating 

📸: @ellenfleckinteriors

To create a lavish ambiance, go for seating made from high-quality materials such as leather, velvet, or soft fabrics like chenille or bouclé. Pay attention to the details too, as elegant piping or tufting can take your seating to the next level.

Consider your personal style and the overall look of your space. Do you prefer a modern or traditional aesthetic? Are you drawn to statement pieces or more subtle designs? Next, think about how you'll be using the seating. Will it be for lounging around and watching movies, or for hosting formal gatherings? Finally, invest in high-quality pieces that will last you a long time, timeless furniture is key to luxury interior design.

2. High-Quality Flooring

When it comes to luxury interior design, high-quality flooring is a must-have. Not only does it set the foundation for the entire space, but it also adds texture, depth, and visual interest. From hardwood to marble to plush carpets, there are many luxurious options to choose from.

luxury bathroom home interior design with high-quality flooring 

📸: @thathomestudio

Flooring is an important investment. It not only provides beauty, but is also durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic. And with proper installation and maintenance, high-quality flooring can last for decades, adding long-lasting value to your home. So if you want to elevate your interior design game, consider investing in luxurious flooring that will provide both beauty and function for years to come.

3. Luxurious Lighting

Lighting is a crucial element in luxury home interior design. It can create ambiance, highlight architectural details, and showcase artwork and accessories. In order to create a truly luxurious feel, it's important to think about both the function and the form of your lighting. For example, recessed lighting can provide a clean and modern look, while a chandelier or pendant light can add drama and elegance to a space.

luxury bedroom design with chandeliers 

📸: @serosez

Ivan Lobo of Made in CA suggests, “Enhance the ambiance of your rooms with standout lighting fixtures that act as conversation starters. Chandeliers, pendants, and even LED strips create captivating effects on walls or ceilings, setting the tone for a truly luxurious atmosphere.”

"Like a photo, a home is significantly defined by lighting. Well-thought-out lighting accentuates each space’s character and function. Whether it’s a kitchen, a master bedroom, a home sauna, lighting can be what elevates a home to the next level of luxury,” shares Stephanie D. Halfen, founder and architect at SDH Studio Architecture + Design. “On that note, the design should integrate the exterior views, maximizing natural light and views as much as possible. Nothing says luxury like nature’s best views and lighting.”

4. Custom Built-Ins and Technology

Customized built-ins are a game-changer when it comes to luxury home interior design. They have the power to transform your space by providing storage and display space that fits your needs perfectly. Whether it's bookshelves, cabinets, or window seats, customized built-ins can be customized to blend in seamlessly with your decor.

custom bench built-in for a luxury home 

📸: @luluandgeorgia

To choose the perfect customized built-ins for your luxury home, consider the function of the space and let your creativity run wild. Do you need extra storage, a workspace, or a cozy reading nook? And don't be afraid to get creative with the design and materials - customized built-ins can be a great opportunity to showcase your personal style and make a statement in your home.

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📸: @houseliftdesign

Additionally, “custom technology such as mobile-controlled, whole-home smart lighting, sound, and security, as well as conveniences such as hidden appliances and heated floors can add an additional touch of luxury that sets a home apart from the rest,” mentions interior designer Brenda Thompson of HouseLift Design.

5. Cozy Bedding

Creating a luxurious bedroom starts with the perfect bedding. From plush comforters to silky sheets, the right bedding can transform your sleeping space into a dreamy oasis. When selecting bedding materials, opt for high-quality fabrics like Egyptian cotton, silk, or linen for a soft and comfortable feel.

luxurious bedding for the perfect luxury home 

📸: @alphenberg

As for bed types, four-poster beds and upholstered headboards can add an extra touch of elegance to your space. Colors play an important role as well - neutral shades like white or beige can create a calming atmosphere, while bold colors like navy or emerald green can add a pop of sophistication. By investing in luxury bedding, you can ensure that every night feels like a five-star hotel experience.

6. Bold Artwork

If you want to elevate your luxury interior design, don't forget about the importance of bold artwork. A striking piece of art can add a pop of color and become a focal point in any room. It also allows you to showcase your unique personality and style. Whether you choose a vibrant painting or a statement sculpture, bold artwork is a great way to make a statement and add character to your home. Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles and mediums to create a truly one-of-a-kind display that reflects your individuality.

art work element for luxury living room 

📸: @atelieralainellouz

“Bold artwork can make a significant impact in a luxury home design by adding a sense of vibrancy and personality to the space” comments Chelsea Neman Nassib of Tappan Collective. “It can serve as a focal point in any room, drawing the eye and creating a dynamic atmosphere. Additionally, it can contribute to the overall aesthetic of the home, complementing the existing decor and adding an extra layer of sophistication.”

7. Natural Materials

When it comes to luxury interior design, natural materials are a must-have. From cozy wool throws to plush organic cotton bedding, earthy materials add an extra layer of comfort and relaxation to your space. Incorporating natural textures like woven jute or rustic wood furniture can add depth and warmth to any room. Plus, natural materials are environmentally friendly and sustainable, making them a great choice for those who want to create a luxurious and eco-friendly space.

marble kitchen element for a luxury home interior design 

📸: @mati_espy_home

Interior designer Matilda Espy comments, “I love mixing organic modern with other designs. Adding layers of earth-tone textures. Along with earthy materials such as stone, marble, wood, and travertine.”

wooden elements in the kitchen for a luxury home design 

📸: @rockwell_interiors

Christie May or Rockwell Interiors recommends adding “lots of gorgeous natural stone and wood tones. I love natural textural fabrics that are both comfortable but elegant looking.”

8. Greenery and Plants

Incorporating greenery and plants into your luxury interior design can do wonders for your space. Designer Matilda Espy says, “Placing live plants or florals will bring life into any space and can be seen as pieces of art as well.” Not only do plants add a pop of color and life to a room, but they can also help purify the air and create a calming atmosphere.

plant decorations for a luxury bedroom 


For a truly luxurious look, consider incorporating exotic and rare plants, such as the fiddle leaf fig or the monstera deliciosa. These plants not only look stunning but also require a bit more care and attention, adding to the overall sense of luxury in your space. For a more classic and elegant look, consider incorporating topiaries or top-quality orchids.

9. Color Scheme

Color is a powerful tool in luxury interior design, and choosing the right color scheme can make a big impact on the overall feel of a space. While there are endless options when it comes to color, certain hues tend to be associated with luxury, such as deep jewel tones like emerald and sapphire, as well as rich neutrals like charcoal and ivory.

bold color scheme for a luxury home 

📸: @rteriorstudio

When selecting a color scheme, it's important to consider the mood and atmosphere you want to create - warm colors like red and gold can add a sense of opulence and glamour, while cool colors like blue and green can create a calming and soothing effect. Ultimately, a successful color scheme will strike a balance between harmony and contrast, using different shades and tones to create visual interest and depth in the space.

10. A Grand Kitchen

“If you’re looking to achieve an elegant and luxurious feel in your home, the kitchen is the place to do it,” states Jen Nash of Magnet Kitchens. “Over the years, the kitchen has moved from a primarily functional space to the heart and soul of the home, where homeowners spend long periods of time relaxing and refueling, as well as socializing and entertaining.”

luxury kitchen, a must-have element in a luxury home 

📸: @yvonnehousewestdesign

A luxury kitchen is designed with high-end appliances, premium materials, and sophisticated finishes. From elegant cabinetry to statement-making backsplashes, every detail is carefully chosen to create a cohesive and stylish look. Whether you're a seasoned chef or just enjoy cooking as a hobby, a luxury kitchen is sure to inspire you and make mealtime a luxurious experience.

11. Focus on Wellness

The connection between luxury and wellness lies in the idea that a luxurious environment can promote mental and physical well-being. “Luxury homes should cater to the overall well-being of the occupants,” shares Ivan Lobo of Made in CA. “Create spaces that promote healthy living and mindfulness by using natural materials, incorporating indoor plants, and providing areas for relaxation. Aromatherapy, candles, and sound therapy can further enhance the atmosphere, offering rejuvenation and serenity.”

a zen, wellness, and yoga space design for a luxury home interior 

📸: @sabrinaalaneseinteriors

Luxury homes often include amenities like spa rooms, home gyms, and meditation spaces, which encourage self-care and healthy habits. By investing in a luxurious living space that prioritizes wellness, individuals can create a sanctuary where they can unwind, recharge, and prioritize their mental and physical health.

12. Layering

“When it comes to luxury design we want to see layers” states luxury boutique interior designer Kim Worswick. “Whether that’s in Millwork with that large artwork over it or it’s a gorgeous bedroom with wallpaper and layered bedding to accent the luxe and elevated feel. Layers with a certain amount of texture and complementary elements play well into luxury design.”

cozy bedroom design for a luxury home 

📸: @kimberleykayinteriors

By layering different textures, colors, and patterns, you can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that feels like a high-end retreat. Not only does layering provide warmth and comfort, but it can also create visual interest and depth. Try layering a mix of textures like faux fur, velvet, and silk for a luxurious feel, or experiment with different colors and patterns for a bold and playful look.

Start Designing Your Luxury Home

You don't need to be a professional interior designer or have a huge home to create a luxury environment. By following our expert tips and incorporating elements like comfortable seating, quality flooring, natural materials, bold artwork, and more, you can transform any space into a luxurious retreat.

Luxury bedroom designed using DecorMatters app

📸: @carlabydesign

And if you need some extra help visualizing your dream space, we recommend trying out the DecorMatters app - it's an easy and fun way to experiment with different design elements and see how they look in your real home. Start creating your dream luxury home today!

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