A new trend has been gaining traction in this era of outward opulence, and despite its quiet approach, it’s making quite a splash. I’m referring to the concept of “quiet luxury.” You’ve surely seen it without even recognizing it outright – it is quiet, after all.
This growing movement started as a way for the upper-crust to indulge in life’s pleasures while keeping family fortunes quiet, and has subsequently spilled into the world and fashion and yes, interior design.
According to the principals of quiet luxury, true luxury need not be flaunted. Forget brands and labels, this trend prefers a discreet, even humble approach, while still exuding luxury in its purest form – if you know what to look for.
So, what does “quiet luxury” look like? Here’s how to spot this subtle trend.
Broadly speaking, quiet luxury, also known as “stealth wealth,” prescribes to the less-is-more mentality. In terms of interiors, the trend emphasizes clean lines, functional layouts, and uncluttered spaces with plenty of breathing room.
I’m not necessarily referring to the size of a space, but rather what’s contained within. Each piece of furniture and décor must rightfully earn its place in the home, thoughtfully considered for its both beauty and function, offering a practical and aesthetic purpose that contributes to the overall design. In every regard, overcrowding and clutter is avoided at all costs, in items of pieces and in details alike.
When faced with choices, quality trumps quantity every time. This is intended to both maintain the character of this minimalist aesthetic, while also indulging in the very best. Furniture and finishes are timeless and well-crafted, and stand the test of time and trends.
Avoid the ornate, and instead seek out the flawless and the finest. Consider solid materials, exquisite craftsmanship and durability – wood furniture, artisanal ceramics and handwoven textiles that add authenticity, dimension and tactile indulgence to a room.
Instead of loud logos, layer in a cashmere throw, a handwoven silk pillow, or a well-crafted leather armchair – all examples of how you can embrace luxury without exuding overt opulence.
Vintage and antique pieces can help underpin the idea of “old money,” without being overly obvious. The right furnishings always have great stories to tell, which brings a unique sense of history to a home. Incorporate a vintage sideboard, an antique mirror, or heirloom textiles into your décor to infuse your space with a sense of heritage and refinement.
Given the trend’s strong affinity for a minimalistic aesthetic, muted, understated colour palettes and neutral tones work well, such as soft greys, warm beiges and earth-tones. These colours create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere that transcends fleeting trends, creating an air of timeless elegance.
Monochromatic palettes employing subtle variations of a single hue can add depth and richness to your space, making it visually appealing without resorting to gaudy colour schemes.
In alignment with the organic colour palette, outdoor influences play a key role in the look of quiet luxury. Incorporate natural materials like wood, stone, and plants to create a connection with nature. Large windows that let in ample natural light and offer picturesque views can enhance the sense of tranquility and luxury throughout your home.
Despite its preference for simplicity, quiet luxury thrives on the appreciation of details that might go unnoticed at first glance. Incorporate subtle embellishments and intricate textures that add layers of complexity to your home’s design.
Whether it’s the delicate trim on a curtain, the pattern of a rug, or the subtle sheen of metallic accents, these nuanced elements contribute to the overall richness of the space without overwhelming it.
In a world that often celebrates excess, the “quiet luxury” can be a breath of fresh air, and what I consider to be a very sustainable approach to everyday elegance.
By embracing quality, simplicity and authenticity, you can transform your home into a sanctuary of quiet luxury that stands the test of time.
Remember, it’s not about how much you put on display, but rather how tastefully you curate your surroundings, to truly define the art of quite luxury.
Jessica Cinnamon is the principal designer and founder of Toronto-based Jessica Cinnamon Design Inc, a multi-disciplinary design company known for creating stylish and well- curated interiors.2023-10-11T12:44:03Z dg43tfdfdgfd