When Luxury Meets Comfort: How to Make Your Home Luxurious Without Losing a Homey Vibe

You don’t need to sacrifice comfort for luxury. Here’s how to incorporate both styles in your home.

One of the most common misconceptions about luxury homes is that they have to be stiff. Comfort isn’t a quality that has to be sacrificed to make your home high-end—in fact, the two often go together hand in hand. To officially bust this myth, ESTATENVY spoke with interior design experts to learn more about how you can make your space luxurious without losing the homey vibe that makes a house a home.

Even though luxury is often thought of as requiring a lot of stuff, the opposite actually holds true. Having too many things in one place creates clutter that takes away from a home’s luxurious atmosphere. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to value quality over quantity when decorating their space.

“Often excess stuff is not luxurious, and a homey feel is more attributed to the quality of accents, objects and textiles around a room. Try focusing on the quality rather than the quantity,” said Rae Duncan of Rae Duncan Interior Design. “Also, luxury can be created in small ways like sumptuous velvet curtains, a fur throw, metallic accents and stylish artwork that’s framed well. And that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive.”

Unique accents and accessories are key when creating a luxurious environment that’s also welcoming and inviting to guests. In addition to fun curtains, throws and artwork, a consistent design theme from room to room has the potential to make a home look more tied together. Comfortable accents are also worth the investment, from bedding and blankets to throw pillows.

“One of my favorite ways to elevate a space is with pillows. There are tons of sources out there where you can find beautiful, textured pillows that look a lot more expensive than they are,” said Angela Scaletta, an interior designer with Dwell Candy. “Pillows complete a room, and make it feel oh-so inviting.”

Regardless of the items that you use around your home, it’s ultimately the environment that will determine whether or not its homey. At the end of the day, no amount of luxury items will make an environment seem more inviting. And it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to achieve the perfect combination of luxury and homey—as long as there are personal touches and preferences evident in your home’s design, both qualities will show.

“That homey vibe is not created with stuff,” Duncan said. “Style and luxury are not about money. They’re about unique combinations of objects and materials that make you feel a certain way.”