For buyers in search of high-end features that will support and enhance their everyday activities, Lived-in Luxury embraces the contrast of old and new elements to create functional spaces with magazine-worthy flair. Organic textures and natural lighting combine with contemporary features in unique configurations that feel both cozy and couture at the same time.
As one of the industry’s most prevalent textures, manufactured stone veneer is an ideal material for interior and exterior applications that seek to blend modern and traditional sensibilities. Here are three ways to create harmony in today’s most beloved and lived-in spaces:
Fresh, Bright Colors
There is a distinctive lightness to lived-in luxury, which uses rich, multilayered hues of stone, wood and even metal to draw light into the home and build connections between the living space and the outside world. Its palette embraces the nuanced contrast of bright and saturated darker hues and adds warm accents to create energetic focal points.
By building intentional connections to the natural world with organic surfaces and plenty of natural light, homes built to embody a sense of lived-in luxury also reap the mental health benefits of biophilic design, which can help reduce stress levels and build a sense of harmony between the home environment and the wider world.
Perhaps the most important element of the lived-in luxury approach to building and designing homes is the use of rich textures that you can almost feel with even a passing glance. Create visual and tactile interest with rustic touches on the walls and soften up the space with semiplush seating and functional furnishings.
On the exterior, architectural stone or brick profiles blend beautifully with lush landscaping to create a sense of seclusion and elevate a home’s curb appeal. Inside the home, those same textures can pair well with live edge wood tabletops, artisanal glasswork and lighting fixtures, to create a layered sense of perfect imperfection that draws families and guests into a space.
Utility and Usability
First and foremost, homes are meant to be lived in. Even in today’s luxury market, homeowners are placing less emphasis on over-the-top elements such as marble, gold and priceless art in favor of an inviting charm that will serve as the beautiful backdrop of a full range of activities that are anchored at home.
The end goal is simple: to accommodate active lifestyles without losing the attention-grabbing allure of magazine-worthy design. This approach inevitably influences the structure, feel and flow of every interior and exterior space. From vision to execution, the focus is always on how the home will shape the lives of those who live in it.
By embracing the lived-in luxury dialect, builders and other specifiers can create a sense of harmony and balance for luxury buyers, one that embraces authenticity and character without sacrificing style.
About Sarah Lograsso
Sarah Lograsso is the Director of Marketing and Product Design for Boral North America’s stone division of brands (Cultured Stone, Eldorado Stone, Kindred Outdoors + Surrounds, Versetta Stone, Dutch Quality, StoneCraft and ProStone), where she manages all of the brands’ marketing, advertising and promotional projects and objectives. She is well versed in manufactured stone and brick veneer, masonry techniques, biophilic design, fireplace surrounds, outdoor living, fire bowls, color and texture, and up-to-date industry and market trends.