Even more than beauty, luxury has to be in the eye of the beholder. Brigitte Bardot once said ‘I absolutely loathe luxury’ and while that sounds impossible coming from a woman who embodied physical luxury, it also opens the question of defining true luxury. Did the lovely Brigitte refer to ostentatious glamour when she made this statement? Was she talking about the flashy, overly ornate lifestyle of the jet setters that have surely surrounded her for a big part of her life, a life of fast cars, high fashion and big diamonds?
But isn’t there so much more to the word luxury? The ability to steal a few minutes for ourselves, to luxuriate in a warm bath, to curl up with a book and a glass of wine or the ability to start every morning anew if we choose and to have the freedom to live our lives the way we think is best.
Now we wouldn’t be a design blog if we didn’t talk about design but there too, luxury is largely a matter of interpretation, of what makes us feel good when we walk into a well designed space. Luxury can be achieved from warm rich earth tones paired with organic, textural elements that provide interest and yet manage to calm us.
A more obvious interpretation of luxury is a design that seeks out opulence in form and material, creating a stunning, beautifully orchestrated space that likely echoes the owner’s lifestyle. Instead of color and texture, the deciding element here is the choice of product and material.
And finally, cool sophisticated luxury. Maybe here the goal is to impress others more than to ensconce the owner but still it’s luxury, the luxury to live with carefully selected elements that appeal to the owner’s aesthetic. The key is waking up to what we love and what gives us the energy and sheer sense of pleasure we need to go out and live our lives.
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