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For interior designers, combining modern luxury with comfort is essential… But not always an easy feat.

The combination of luxury and comfort allows individuals to imagine themselves in the home; for example, relaxing on the couch beneath a lush blanket, taking a bath in the spa-like bathroom, and cooking their favorite meal in a top-of-the-line kitchen.

However, designers may find it difficult to balance the sophisticated elements they want into a space while still making the home feel warm and inviting.

That’s why we’ve compiled a quick list of tips to help designers accomplish the perfect mix of elevated design, comfort, and functionality (and some brands that epitomize these ideas, but more on that later!)

How to Make a Modern Luxury Interior Design Comfortable and Functional

Let’s Talk Texture: Incorporate High-Quality, Cozy Textiles

Rich fabrics complete a luxurious interior design. By including a variety of high-quality textures, a space can feel cozy without sacrificing sophistication. For some interior designers, texture may take the form of a curated collection of throw pillows and blankets on the couch or in a relaxing reading nook.

Is minimalism more your style? That doesn’t mean you have to give up cozy textiles in your design. We are partial to minimalist luxury interior design—such as pictured above—by designers such as John Pawson and Piet Boon. The above photo includes designs from Piet Boon and perfectly mixes luxurious comfort with a minimalist touch. Learn more about Piet Boon.

Consider Natural Materials and Colors

Genuine high-quality materials, such as solid wood and natural stone, create sophisticated, warm atmospheres. For example, the Free Standing Soaking Tub by COCOON, pictured above, is made from premium materials and offers great function and value for a luxury home. The Concrete-05 finish is shown above, but the finishes Concrete 01-10 are also available, ranging from lighter to darker shades.

Or, the JP Bath

We also adore the Natural Stone Free Standing Soaking Tub from the John Pawson COCOON Collection. The tub, shown above in Pietra Grigio, is available in many shades, such as natural sand, for those who may love the tub but prefer a lighter finish.

Read on to learn how to make a modern home feel like a luxury hotel.

Make the Bathroom Feel like a Spa

Spa-like bathrooms evoke a sense of luxury and comfort. After all, what could be more comfortable than a bubble bath with lit candles and a chilled glass of white (or red!) wine?

The good news for interior designers: You don’t have to have a large bathroom space to create a sophisticated yet functional spa bathroom. Instead, designers can opt for elements such as:

  • Rich colors
  • Natural materials
  • Customized organization 

Learn more about the advantages of bespoke bathroom design.

Invite Nature Inside

A hint of nature can add life and charm to any space. This touch can be as simple as a vase of flowers on the table, a larger plant (such as birds of paradise) in the corner of the room, or even eucalyptus in the spa.

Other elements may include stones, pieces of driftwood or weathered wood, and sand.

Interested in similar designs for inspiration? Check out our Pinterest.

Maximize Space

Space is a luxury in itself. Interior designers can make a home feel sophisticated through careful consideration of scale.

Without purposeful use of the space, a home can feel overcrowded.

Brands That Perfectly Mix Modern Luxury with Comfort

COCOON

COCOON embodies bespoke, minimalist, luxurious design. The products are versatile, sustainable, and built with the world’s best materials: Unique natural stone, solid surface, and concrete.

Interested in learning more about COCOON? Download our 2022 Lookbook.

In this lookbook, we walk you through the different options from the collections of Piet Boon and John Pawson, to the COCOON Lab, including the bathtubs, basins, taps, and accessories.

Mr. Steam

The Mr. Steam product line is a perfect match for interior designers who want to “think outside the tub” and provide a luxurious spa experience without compromising functionality.

Mr. Steam offers contemporary, technologically advanced products such as steam generators, soothing aromatherapy, and chromatherapy.

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is honored to be the premier U.S. distributor of Mr. Steam, with a flagship showroom located in Beverly Hills, California. It is conveniently located in Los Angeles, just a couple of hours from San Diego, Orange County, and the Santa Barbara area. 

Shop the Mr. Steam collection.

Zucchetti

Zuc­chet­ti is one of the oldest Italian kitchen and bath fittings designer companies. In fact, Zuccheti is still in operation in Italy.

The company designs and manufactures uniquely styled fau­cets in Italy’s Piedmont area using components made either in-house or purchased from European sources.

Shop Zucchetti.

Crosswater London

Crosswater London is the leading supplier of premium products for the bathroom in Europe. Their legacy expands as they bring products with superior quality and unrivaled performance to the U.S.

Shop Crosswater London.

Let’s Talk Modern Luxury Interior Design, Shall We? 

Stop by our showroom in the Los Angeles area! We’re proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, luxurious design.

Our expertise lies in our experience creating the most impeccable designs for the highest quality homes and establishments. Send us an email for more information. 

Read on to learn how to make your client’s house goals become a reality.

luxury kitchen in white

Kitchens are often one of the most used spaces in a home. In fact, one might even refer to a kitchen as the “heart” of the home.

Why? This is where individuals cook, eat, and socialize with friends and family. Kitchens can be tricky for designers because they not only have to be aesthetically pleasing but also need to be functional to provide adequate storage, appliance safety, and room to cook.

This long list of requirements may leave interior designers feeling overwhelmed and lacking inspiration. Flipping through your favorite magazine or scrolling through Pinterest will only go so far when you’re lacking inspiration as an interior designer.

Sometimes, there is simply too much to look at. So, how can designers focus their creative minds and recharge their batteries?

We suggest the following:

  • Flipping through your favorite coffee table design book
  • Taking a trip to a museum
  • Seeking out the work of fellow designers
  • Drawing inspiration from your favorite brands, and
  • Visiting a local showroom

Read on as we discuss each of these recommendations in detail.

Read Your Favorite Coffee Table Design Book (or Buy a New One!)

Whether you’ve flipped through your favorite coffee table design book a hundred times or used it as a decor item (yet to look at the first page…), it’s time to read—again.

Consider spending time with each design; try to find an element that interests you or that you haven’t noticed before.

Anne Mueller, Principal at Briar Design, states, “For inspiration, I often turn to print publications… There is nothing more beautiful than a wonderfully curated coffee table book filled with stylish shots from talented photographers.” 

Looking for some new coffee table books about interior design? We compiled a list of some of the best books for minimalist design, including our favorites like The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker and John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum by Alison Morris.

Take a Walk Around a Museum

A museum can serve as a place to recharge and get the creative juices flowing. 

Why? Museums are bursting with inspiration. After all, you can’t spell “museum” without “muse!”

Additionally, taking a stroll around a museum allows designers to connect to other artists and other forms of art that may fuel their next project.

Seek out the Work of Fellow Designers

Whether you are a fellow designer or are working on your own home, interior designers can be a great source of inspiration. Some of our favorites include Piet Boon and John Pawson.

Draw Brands that Inspire Luxury Kitchens

Your favorite brands and the details you choose to fill a space with say a lot about you and your preferences. By taking a look at pieces from these brands, you might find one that evokes some inspiration for your next project.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

The Bulthaup Brand

The Bulthaup Brand provides incredible, uncompromised quality for kitchen and living spaces. Additionally, this brand prioritizes high ethical standards while working with premium materials as well as values craftsmanship and design.

According to their website, Bulthaup “[wonders] whether our concept of ‘the kitchen’ is enough to meet people’s wants and needs, now and in the future. We continually investigate this question as we manufacture our products with a passion for detail and a love of authentic materials, to create kitchen and living space systems that enrich lives now and tomorrow.”

Check out more of The Bulthaup Brand’s projects.

MGS

According to their site, “​​MGS stainless steel fixtures merge Italian luxury and style with the innovative precision of Swiss engineering, creating slim silhouettes and simple shapes that represent the perfect harmony of aesthetics and technology.”

MGS uses high-quality stainless steel materials to create sleek, functional designs. These pieces are durable, efficient, and bring a touch of refinement to any kitchen space.  

Read on to view some MGS kitchen faucets.

Designer Doorware

Designer Doorware “was born out of Joseph Di Benedetto’s vision to provide architects and designers the products they were truly looking for. Since inception, our focus has been on providing high-quality innovative designs in hardware with quality at the core of our offerings.”

This brand offers excellent choices for kitchen cabinet pulls and refrigerator door handles.

Check out their site for examples of Designer Doorware projects.

Studio Piet Boon

Every Piet Boon kitchen is designed with “a passion for natural materials, keen technical insights, and an eye for detail. Each kitchen concept is ‘tailored to taste’, being unique in form and proportion, material, texture, color, finish, and appearance.” 

For example, we love the COCOON Piet Boon Deck Mount Swivel Spout (PBSET11).

The PBSET11 is made from premium materials and offers great function and value for a home. This fixture is part of COCOON’s Piet Boon Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room!

Moreover, this piece is available in four finishes:

  • Gold (shown above)
  • Black
  • Brushed inox, and
  • Copper

Find more Piet Boon kitchen products.

HydroTap by Zipwater

Take it from Zipwater: “Ultra-modern. Boho-chic. Contemporary classic. Whatever your taste, there’s a HydroTap to match, with a stunning selection of tap styles, finishes, and dispensing options to choose from! Browse the range below to find the perfect HydroTap for your home or office.”

These products are made from premium materials and built to last. 

Check out more HydroTap by Zipwater products.

Visit Our Showroom for Unmatched Luxury Kitchen Inspiration

Specialty Hardware + Plumbing is proud to be your resource for timeless, minimalist, luxurious design. Our expertise lies in our experience creating the most impeccable designs for the highest quality homes and establishments.

For samples and more, stop by our Los Angeles showroom.