INTERIOR DESIGN FOR THE WEALTHY – I was looking at a few interior designs the other day on homes which ranged from $3m to in excess of $60m and my friend jokingly asked me if I was looking for a new pad. In my usual witty nature I responded by informing him that if it cost just 2 cents to get around the world, I couldn’t afford to open the front door.
I am often asked by my friends why I have magazines full of expensive things, such as million dollar homes with their ultra luxury interiors and Bentley’s parked outside. I’ll let you in on a little secret… the wall above my computer is filled with images of beautiful homes and a few luxury motor vehicles, including one fabulous Bentley and the most stunning super yacht , with a sign above them that reads; “Anyone can do it with the right motivation.”
I just like to remind myself that anything is possible and while I, and Hometipster.com, may never hit the big time, Facebook gets more traffic in a nanosecond than I get in a week, it is worth reminding myself that true failure is borne out of the lack of desire and a will to succeed. If you simply do nothing, then nothing is all you will ever get and this principle is the same for interior design – you have to have a dream and you have to want to make that dream a reality, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
So why am I writing about ‘Interior Designs for the Wealthy? Am I simply trying to tease you with things that might have been, should have been or, better yet… things that might just be? Sorry if that sounds a little Charles Dickens, but the truth is you can create the most stunning interiors on a very modest budget.
In my mind it doesn’t matter what type of home you live in. Taking a look though million dollar homes is a great source on which to draw inspiration for your own home. Sure, the flooring alone in some of these homes might cost more than your entire property, but you don’t have to lay Italian Marble to achieve the same effect, nor do you really need to hang handmade silk wallpaper.
The thing is, with the owners of multi-million dollar homes, that their imagination is simply limited by the size of their bank accounts and the same principle applies to all of us.
Seriously, next time you are looking to redecorate or even do a little remodelling, hit the web and take a look at a few Realtor sites and cherry pick the million dollar homes and then pour over the stunning interiors – trust me, you don’t need to be a multi-millionaire or even a millionaire to recreate the interiors.
Take the photograph above and look carefully at the art that is hanging on the wall. Who is the artist? Is the art original? Did the artwork cost $50.00 or $5,000,000? When it comes to choosing art for the home you really do have a vast choice, from hanging an original to a simply beautiful print. Most often than not people conjure up images of original works of art costing millions, and yes in some instances this is true, but you would be amazed at how much original art that is available to us mere mortals on a budget. Take a look through our Art section and you’ll see artists such as Arthur Lanyon, Sharon McSwiney and a host of other wonderful artists, all producing original artwork for the home or garden. Art of course doesn’t just stop at paintings, there are beautiful Bronzes or stunning ceramics to consider – all of which can add that something special to your home without breaking the bank.
For me, interior design is all about taste. Over the years I have seen some very well know interior designs produce work that I wouldn’t have paid $100 for, let alone $100,000 and yet the interior design is borne from the imagination of the client that is then worked into the living spaces. While interior designers extremely adept at their trade, they are nothing without the inspirational client and only the client is able to convey, in often lose terms, what they are looking for and it is then that the interior designer works their magic.
Kitchens, I think, is probably the most important part of the home as it is where the whole family tend to congregate and interact. When it comes to designing a kitchen there are lots of considerations to be made and one of the most important aspects is having sufficient storage space. The kitchen is the one place in your home where costs can run away with you and it’s so easy to go over budget with fine worktops, beautiful cabinets and of course all those wonderful appliances that you would like. Do keep a check on the remodeling costs when you decide on a new kitchen or you’ll soon find yourself going way over budget very quickly.
They say that “First Impressions Count” and it is true. How many people have walked into your home and commented right off the bat just how beautiful your home is? A well designed interior foyer or entrance hall is paramount if you really want to create that wow factor.
The above photograph has to be one of my favorite interior designs showcased in this article. I just love all the natural coloration. The flooring, which appear to be stone flooring, is just wonderful and blends so well with the wood furnishings. The whole design is topped off with the most beautiful use of glass which allow, during daylight hours, to flood the interior with natural light that will bring all the wood and stone to life.
If you are into contemporary minimalist living, yeah, that’s got my name on it, then you will certainly appreciate the photograph above. The staircase is just a stunning centerpiece to this incredible interior design, but lets look further. Look at the beautiful contemporary lighting, the wonder glass table with what is either a fresh or dried flower arrangement.
The whole look for me, is simplistic, clean but certainly not clinical, which can often be a problem with a minimalist interior design. However, here the interior designer has bought the area to life with the use of glass, soft lighting, the beautiful ceramic pot / vase and of course color with the introduction of the flowers. Finally, just take another look and see how the whole minimalist effect has been softened with the curving of the ceilings, which have been painted the same color as the walls and floor to tie the entire design together.
In the final example this is a classic example of how a modern contemporary home can look warm, inviting and wonderfully spacious. Note how carefully the entire interior design has been put together. The wonderful ceramic floor tiles is beautifully complimented with the wall tiles and these are both tied together with the use of a natural light paint color which breaks up the dark flooring and walls. In order to keep the light flowing throughout the home the interior designers opted for a glass wall for the stair well and this makes the whole area look and feel as it should - pure open-plan living.
It has to be acknowledged that a good interior designer is going to charge a fair amount for their services and like most things in life, you get what you pay for. However, you do not need to be a multi-millionaire to recreate the interiors above, what you need to do is apply your creativity and determine how much of the work you can do yourself.
I hope this article has inspired you.