What is your definition of luxury?

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Luxury---defined as “a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth” by Merriam-Webster, can mean different things to different people.  But what does luxury mean to you?

Is it a set of high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets on the bed?  Or perhaps it is a prized original oil painting or a beautiful sculpture. Maybe your definition of luxury includes items that are one-of-a-kind or custom made just for you.  It could even be something as simple as keeping fresh flowers in your home at all times.  Whatever your definition of luxury is it will, no doubt, enhance your everyday life and bring you much happiness.

There are several ways you can add a luxurious touch to your interiors.

  • Anything made by hand will add a hint of luxury.  This might include hand-painted wall coverings, hand-embroidered textiles and hand-crafted furniture.
  • Artwork can definitely add a luxurious note to any room, and something that is signed and/or numbered and in a limited edition, even more so.  This indicates that the piece you have is limited in production, making you one of the "elite" few who own the item.  And certainly an original of anything is desirable to collectors.
  • Fine finishes such as a hand-rubbed oiled bronze are a seemingly small detail that imparts a touch of luxury to door handles, faucets, cabinet pulls and other hardware.
Willow entry door handle in oil rubbed bronze from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

Willow entry door handle in oil rubbed bronze from Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles Ca  90016  Photo Doug Hill

  • Rich textiles that include velvet, mohair and leather add both a visual and a tactile luxury to interiors.
  • Luxury touches can extend to the outdoors as well.  A beautifully cultivated cutting garden or a "working" vegetable garden that makes it possible to step outside and collect ingredients for a meal is certainly a luxury to enjoy.

No matter how you define luxury, any interior will benefit from the introduction of items that add beauty and personality to the space.