The growing appeal of opulent interiors, according to a design expert

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The growing appeal of opulent interiors, according to a design expert

If the noughties was the decade of minimalist decor and the 2010s were all about shades of grey, then the 2020s certainly revisited the interior trends of a bygone era with the return of maximalism, cottage core and chinoiserie aesthetics. More is more – and homeowners aren’t afraid to leave their mark on spaces throughout their property, whether it’s the kitchen, study or practical spaces such as boot spaces and hallways.

“Arousing a sense of opulence comes from injecting a variety of textiles, lighting and soft interiors to add depth to the space,” explains Will Lyne, co-owner and master designer for luxury brand Christopher Peters Kitchens and Interiors.

“Unleash your imagination and build a collection of curated items, whether antique, new or custom, that you love to surround yourself with. Mood lighting and eclectic textures can instantly make a room feel larger and more luxurious. Anything goes with opulent interiors, so don’t be afraid to take risks inside – within reason.”

Having seen a real increase in the number of clients choosing this style of decor, Will shares his guidance on how to inject opulence into your home.

Rich tone

Mood lighting and eclectic textures can instantly make a room feel larger and more luxurious

Generations of homeowners before us have taught us that ceilings should be white – often with a dated case of Artex thrown in for good measure – walls should be painted a nice, non-offensive shade of magnolia and coves separate the two pretty. But it’s time to rip up the figurative rule book! Feel confident using color and pattern in all kinds of ways. If that means taking an embossed, floral wallpaper from the walls to the ceiling, then don’t be held back by past style trends. Or perhaps you are able to color a custom unit in a warm shade of teal to match accent pillows collected at a vintage fair? The best color groups to choose from are those in the tertiary group, so rich purples, dark greens and warm reds. It instantly adds depth to a space and makes it feel more welcoming.

Love where you live

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A great tip to inject a sense of grandeur is to find something in your home that you already love and weave elements of it throughout the space

A great tip to inject a sense of grandeur is to find something in your home that you already love and weave elements of it throughout the space. Generally, a piece of art is a great place to start – and it doesn’t have to be a collectible to evoke a sense of grandeur, just something unique that makes you smile.

This can be the case for any space in the home. As seen here, in this family utility room, a simple print with matching blinds and painted units instantly makes the space feel more polished while still feeling lived-in and homey.

Warm lighting

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Layered lighting – essentially anything other than the main functional light in a space – adds another element to your living space that can be very attractive

Multi-level lighting – essentially anything other than the main functional light in a space – adds another element to your living space that can be very attractive. Pendant lighting over a dining table creates a sense of intimacy during those cozy, romantic meals for two and festive meals for larger groups. A reading light above your favorite corner of the sofa invites you to relax in the comfort of a good book and halo lighting in warm colors around a bathroom mirror gives the same sense of atmosphere that good spa lighting can achieve.

At Christopher Peters, we always advise our clients to consider the impact that good lighting can make in any room design. And in some cases, it can form our inspiration for an entire design.

Will concludes: “Luxury is a state of mind, rather than a design aesthetic, but remember that more is more. As far as interior design choices go, this is by far one of my favorites as anything goes – you can always have fun with a maximalist design.”

For a complimentary design meeting with the team at Christopher Peters, visit christopherpeters.com.

All images provided by Christopher Peters Kitchens and Interiors

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