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A Guide to Accents and Fixtures for the Southern Home

A Guide to Accents and Fixtures for the Southern Home

October 19, 2021

Categories: Real Estate

5 Details to Complete Your Luxury Home Design

When it comes to designing a luxury southern home, the beauty is in the details. From layers of lighting to carefully selected artwork, these seemingly small details can entirely transform the look and feel of your space. The right accents and fixtures will elevate your luxury home design from simply elegant to curated and refined.  

Continue reading to discover our expert tips for adding the perfect finishing touches to your luxury home design. 

1. Accent Rugs

Accent and area rugs are essential to embrace color and texture in the design of your home. When selecting a rug for your space, size, pattern, and texture are all features to take into consideration. 

A common mistake that homeowners make when choosing a rug for their space is selecting a rug that is too small in size, resulting in the entire room appearing much smaller than it is in actuality. In order to choose the ideal size, anchor the front legs of furniture onto the rug leaving 4-8 inches of hardwood floor around the perimeter of each side. 

To enhance the aesthetic of a room, choose a color and pattern that complements the overall design of the space. A colorful, patterned rug can add a pop of interest into an otherwise simple room, while a neutral rug can tone down an eclectic design. Whatever color and pattern you decide on, make sure it blends seamlessly into the design of the rest of the room. 

Incorporating textural elements adds naturalistic charm to the space. Woven jute and bamboo rugs can add a coastal look to your southern home, while wool rugs bring warmth and comfort to the room. Recently, layering rugs on top of each other for added interest and texture has become a beloved interior design trend. For an elevated look that exudes coastal charm, try layering a simple jute rug underneath an intricate vintage one from your collection to create a truly one-of-a-kind look. 

2. Light Fixtures

Light fixtures accentuate your decor and act as a focal point of the room. Bold light fixtures, such as chandeliers, pendants, and wall sconces can make a statement in the kitchen, living room, bedrooms, and even bathrooms. If you favor a modern luxury home design, we recommend a simple pendant, whereas if you wish to create a sophisticated and regal atmosphere, a crystal chandelier will complement your space quite nicely. 

In addition to hanging light fixtures, floor and table lamps provide additional layers of lighting to create a warm, inviting ambiance. These additional design elements serve to set the mood and add even more character to the room. For a coastal aesthetic, try incorporating lamps with nautical rope or rattan detailing to accentuate the character of your home. 

3. Accent Walls

Accent walls are a tried and true way to add a subtle pop of color, without visually overwhelming the space. From the bedroom to the office, accent walls accentuate the room, creating an interior that is more dimensional and distinctive.

For a seamless luxury home design, select a color that already appears in the details of the rest of your decor. As an example, if your throw pillows and art have hints of blue, that might make a good accent wall choice. Additionally, accent walls don’t have to be brightly colored. For a relaxed and subdued look, select other neutral hues such as beige, gray, or black. If you prefer color, draw inspiration from the Island’s earthy tones such as navy, light blue, and olive green. 

Accent walls can also utilize texture in addition to or instead of color. To foster a coastal-chic design, try adding a shiplap accent wall to add personality and depth to the room. For a more rustic look, a naturalistic mahogany or teak stacked wood accent wall creates a cozy and warm ambiance throughout the home. 

4. Artwork

Every room calls for artwork to complete the design of the space. Art has the unique ability to pull colors and styles together to create a cohesive design. Furthermore, artwork allows the personality of the homeowner to shine through into their space. 

Artwork can take on many different forms — a gallery wall, a large painting, mirrors, sculptures, and so on. There is no right or wrong way to incorporate artwork into your home since this medium is all about creative expression. Some aesthetes appreciate eye-catching abstract art, while others favor paintings of serene natural landscapes. Choose pieces that evoke positive emotions and incorporate them throughout the design of your home. 

5. Accessories and Decor

Think of accessories and decor as the cherry on top of your luxury home design. These small details create a curated space that is uniquely yours. To evoke the coastal atmosphere of Kiawah Island into your home, incorporate native elements throughout the space such as driftwood, seashells, cotton, and plants. However, be careful not to scatter these items throughout your home and instead aim to create impactful design moments. 

Natural textures, such as wicker and rattan blend in with the earthy ambiance as well, so try incorporating these materials into the decor and furnishings of the room. Throw pillows and blankets add comfort and coziness to the space, while your favorite ocean-scented candles and locally grown flowers act as your own personal touch.  

Custom Luxury Home Design on Kiawah Island

Here on Kiawah Island, the accents and fixtures of your home aren’t the only thing that can be entirely customized to your preference. You can opt to build a custom home for the unique ability to decide every detail of the design, size, and location of your home. If you wish to build a custom home, there are several homesites across the Island available for purchase. 

To see these beautiful homesites for yourself or inquire about building a custom home, we invite you to contact us via the button below. 

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