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Why I don't agree with Luxury Design

Why I don't agree with Luxury Design

It is completely normal to be fond of an interior design style over others, everybody knows that and there is no shame in admitting it. Then what's the point of this short little article, I hear you asking? 

Well, at the moment, I am doing an online course about colour in interior design (because why not and because I always love learning more about this field of study). At one point, we received a number of examples that showed us the use colour in interiors. 98% of them were exemplifying Luxury designs. Again, there is nothing wrong with that, and even though this isn't my cup of tea, I could see why they were chosen. They were very good examples.

However, I realised while looking at these examples, that I have a problem with Luxury design. It's not because I don't really like it, but because I think that what the style promotes is not completely fair in relations to the rest of the interior styles. Let me explain why.

Lighting fixtures from Porta Romana - ©Detail Movement

Lighting fixtures from Porta Romana - ©Detail Movement

LUXURY (BY ITS DEFINITION) IS A STATE OF GREAT COMFORT, ESPECIALLY WHEN INVOLVING GREAT EXPENSE.

While I do agree with this definition, my problem is with what is associated with luxury. And that is everything that is animal printed, glitzy, mirrored furniture, any feathery material, velvet, silk and other shiny fabrics, anything metallic that has a reflection, etc.

These are all fine for people who love to be surrounded by these kinds of objects. But these things can easily be categorized, let's say, under Opulence Style or something similar. Of course everything is strongly connected to your own perception and to your CCL - don't know what that is? Have a look here.

But before you prepare to jump and shred me to pieces, consider this. What about other categories of people - the ones that love the Nordic style, the Scandinavian Style or any other style for that matter. In their mind, their homes are a place of great comfort and it was done at a rather great expense: high quality furniture and fabrics, accessories and what not. You cannot deny that.

Photo taken by ©Detail Movement for Hudson and Mercer Design Studio

Photo taken by ©Detail Movement for Hudson and Mercer Design Studio

So why wouldn't these homes be luxurious? Why wouldn't these homes be presented as great examples? Sure, this is a high-end quality design, on the elegance side of things rather than on the luxury part, but it is an example of great comfort and it involved great expense.

I know that there are so many design styles out there, precisely to satisfy all of our likes and curiosities, and I am not against that. I just found it unfair to take hold of such a term and dominate the market. I might be alone in this, and some of you might find my little rant completely useless. I don't mind that, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

Personally, I find it wrong to associate luxury to all of the things I mentioned above and to only show me images that consolidates my opinion. Its definition clearly explains luxury as being something of great comfort. It's like showing me only one side of a cube, instead of the whole cube.

EVERY STYLE IS COMFORTABLE. THAT IS ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS THAT BIND ALL INTERIOR DESIGN STYLES.

Maybe the definition just needs updating...food for thought.

Photo taken by ©Detail Movement for Hudson and Mercer design studio

Photo taken by ©Detail Movement for Hudson and Mercer design studio

In the end it's just a matter of choice and if this doesn't bother you, then hey, I'm glad for you. I, for one, find it unfair to monopolise the market on that segment when, by definition, all interior styles should benefit.

Do you agree with me or do you think I am wrong? Have you notices or felt the same about Luxury Design or is it something that never crossed your mind until now? Let me know below or drop me a line on our Facebook Page. Alternatively, you can find me on Instagram @detailmovement or use #detailmovementtribe. Would love to know your thoughts on this. 

Raluca x

All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.

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