Whether you are currently in the process of looking for a luxury home, renovating one, or simply trying to add some touches to make your current home feel just a bit more elevated, there are certain elements that every luxury home should have. While a professional design is obvious, more specific choices, rooms, and amenities are simply essential to creating the best of the best. Here are eight things every luxury home needs.
1. A Renovated Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Even if you aren’t a home chef or rarely cook, a large, renovated kitchen is essential. After all, everyone eats and drinks. There’s also nothing that feels less luxurious than an old kitchen with dated finishes and appliances. With the popularity of open floorplans, there’s also no hiding a bad kitchen anymore. But conversely, a beautiful kitchen can have a major design impact.
2. A Primary Suite
Primary suites have been a big trend for years now. But this isn’t just about having convenient access to a bathroom or not needing to walk around wearing a towel in the hallway after showering — having a primary suite is the new standard. A home without one feels ordinary. Primary suites are becoming popular in smaller homes such as townhouses and condos. If you’re considering renovating a home to sell, having one is a must if it isn’t there already.
3. Custom Closets
If you’re living in a luxury home, you probably have the wardrobe to match, so you need a special place to store it. A closet is no longer just an extension of a bedroom or primary suite. The most expensive custom closets are rooms unto themselves. These closets feel like a personal shopping boutique, complete with shoe racks, handbag shelves, and even islands with drawers for jewelry. Don’t forget a rotating bar to give you extra storage and the ability to view an entire wardrobe in just minutes without doing more than pressing a button.
4. A Home Gym
One significant impact of the pandemic is that many people shifted their fitness and wellness routines from the gym or studio to the home. Having a dedicated gym that’s outfitted for your personal fitness needs is a truly luxurious amenity. Some free weights and a Peloton in the basement will be no longer due. These spaces are designed to keep your body and mind in top shape. A home gym should have flooring to absorb shock and noise and plenty of room for equipment. Additional wellness amenities such as an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, or red light sauna can make a gym feel more like a private spa retreat.
5. Lots Of Finishing Touches
It’s the little things that can make a home luxurious. From custom millwork and wainscoting to built-in bookshelves, the smallest custom touches can instantly elevate and enhance a space. Wallpaper is another finishing touch that instantly changes the aesthetic and mood of a room. Wallpaper is best used in bedrooms, dens, home offices, and bathrooms. If your home is more contemporary or modern, one dramatic touch to consider is a fireplace with a marble mantle that takes up the entire wall.
6. Great Lighting
While natural light is best, there should also be lots of light sources in a luxury home. Each room should have a unique lighting scheme. From recessed ceiling lights in the living room and kitchen (always on a dimmer switch) to floor lamps in home offices, no room should feel dark. Light fixtures should also vary— from oversized chandeliers (especially in entryways and bathrooms) to smaller pendant lights and wall sconces.
7. Smart Home Technology
Even for the less than tech-savvy, building in smart home technology can make the experience of living just a little bit better. This goes far beyond asking Siri or Google for the weather, but having a custom integrated system to play music, control lighting, temperature, or even look inside the refrigerator.
8. A Good Scent
Truly luxurious homes will smell better than ordinary homes. Part of the reason for this is that they are often cleaner, but high-end read diffusers strategically placed throughout different rooms help this department. Another reason luxury homes smell good is that homeowners often burn expensive candles from brands like Diptyque or LesRuches, which have some candles that cost close to $900.