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An analysis of luxury

Des. Nikita Pathak, Founder, Design21, Gurugram

Architecture and interior design are open to interpretation, but the definition of luxury remains personal to the inhabitant and built form. Depending on the context and timelines, opulence is a boundless concept and is achieved through both the external and internal arenas.

Natural ventilation and daylight are critical to achieve luxurious design, while well-planned space promote areas for comfortable rest and functionality. We must demarcate the zones using varied textures, partitions and barriers. Luxury also uses light, shadows, solids and empty spaces to attract the audience’s attention, which includes walls and wall furnishings. Options must be carefully chosen to avoid a ‘gaudy’ look, but walls are perfectly complemented with artworks and photographs.

Opulence is expressed in expensive materials and upcycled finishes, but the right lighting greatly influences the space’s ambience. It highlights the focal points, cancels the problem areas and prevent dysfunction with its location, intensity, colour and shape. Large open spaces and greenery are preferable indoors and outdoors, which are portrayed through the front and backyards, balconies, planter boxes and indoor plantation.

Furniture and accessories are equally important to handle negative spaces, which also includes wall furnishings. The size, shape, design and material finish bring in the luxury, along with flooring coverings and ceilings. Coming to the external façade, one must use the right material and finishes according to the theme. Obvious service lines must be covered for a seamless exterior, and the project must blend in with its surroundings.