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What makes a space luxurious

What makes space more luxurious?

In times past what was considered luxurious was to put your most ostentatious and prized possessions on display and show off your wealth.

Nowadays, following the less is more mantra, space itself is prized and conveys a sense of well-being and affluence.

In London, as in every densely urbanised major city every square metre counts and comes with a high price tag.

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1) Space arrangement

Spacious open plans are becoming more and more popular in the contemporary design of houses.

Lack of partitions creates a sense of continuity and freedom which in turn improves mood and psychological comfort. In the modern houses, we often see completely open floor without even one partition, where traditional rooms like the kitchen, dining room and living room are fussed into one space. In this kind of design, zoning is however essential. We can divide the space, not only by traditional walls, but by other means such as: furniture layouts, levels, textures, materials, creating different moods and characters.

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2) Double space

London citizens seldom allow themselves to have double height space in their houses. It implies 'losing' expensive floor space. However, the visual effect is often worth it. Designing double height spaces allows us to achieve the visual connection between levels and merge the rooms and spaces. The house becomes more unified, not only horizontally but also in the vertical and diagonal direction to really bring the property together.

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3) High ceilings in basements and vaulted ceilings in lofts

Secondary spaces like lofts and basements are often restricted in their ceiling height. Having a house with a high ceiling in the basement and vaulted ceiling in the loft is a luxury space-wise. It makes us feel comfortable, even on those non-essential floors. It creates the feeling that no floor is lesser than the other.

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4) Finishing and features

A crucial element in making space more luxurious is beyond any doubt the finishing. The tendency is to go for quality of materials and fabrics over quantity. The materials that can transmit the sense of luxury are marble and other kinds of natural stones good quality wood, non-segmented glazing etc. Creating a focal point with some form of feature in the room also brings a luxurious feel, fireplaces are a popular option.

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5) Technology

In today's ever-connected world technology plays a major role in everyone's life. At home this can be expressed by high-end audio-visual equipment, voice-controlled home automation and up and coming internet-of-things appliances. A space which filled with these devices is more comfortable and is easier to live in.

BTL property has for the past few years been providing AV (Audio-Visual) services that perfectly complements our designs.


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6) Home SPA

Being able to relax at home is essential especially if you live in a busy metropolis where long commutes, high noise and pollution levels are part of your daily life. A home spa can create a new dimension of luxury by refilling your energy levels. The great examples of this can be designing sauna, hot tub or gym in the basement.

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7) Bespoke Joinery

To archive the perfect visual effect of a clear and uncluttered space carefully planned joinery and storage is required. Removing the unnecessary items out of view allows you to enjoy your surroundings more and clears your mind. The best results can be achieved by opting for bespoke joinery that can be tailored to the space and optimize it. As an example, creating bespoke cupboards storage under the stairs will free up space elsewhere. Bespoke wine cellars are becoming increasingly in demand as this help to store and display wine collections and can become a feature of any room.



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