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Little Luxuries Make a Big Impact in Decorating

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This luxurious living room is decorated with wall paper complemented by a m�lange of fabrics like linen velvet on the sofa, quilted silk on the chairs, silk on the draperies and damask on the fire screen

Today, with most people having busier and more demanding schedules, life's little luxuries often take on greater importance. Small indulgences can have a big impact on how we feel, enriching and nourishing our lives.

According to design experts, a high-end resource for decorative fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings, it's easy to add luxury to your home with touches that appeal to your senses - both visual and tactile. Here are some of some design tips to help you create a home that's truly luxurious.

• Choose fabrics with elegant textures - velvets, chenilles, damasks, brocades, silks and jacquards. For even more opulent looks, opt for fabrics with decorative accents such as quilting, embroidery, sculpted patterns or other rich embellishments.

• For a dramatic look, think of your walls as the focal point of the room and cover them in boldly patterned wallpaper or a large-scale floral scroll design. Set off the pattern by choosing fabrics and furnishings in solids and textures in complementary colors.

• Dress your windows with luxury in mind. Today's window treatments tend to be simpler, not fussy, and they look especially wonderful in layers of different fabrics. Cut draperies generously full and finish them off with rich trims or tassel tiebacks. A gold-painted wooden drapery rod and finials is another opulent accent.

• In the bedroom, keep the bed treatment simple but elegant by selecting a mix of textures and patterns. Layer duvets, bedspreads and throws in different textures. For the ultimate luxurious bed, add an upholstered fabric panel to the headboard and footboard.

• Even small glints of gold metallic can give a room instant glamour and richness. A subtle gold accent on wallpaper, a metallic trim on a pillow or gold metallic threads on a textured fabric create a feeling of luxury. A hint of glint on furniture, such as on the wood frame of an upholstered piece or on an occasional table, also makes a particularly strong statement.

• The colors you choose can create a luxurious mood. Especially effective is a palette of one or more rich colors accented by creamy neutrals.

• Put your decorating emphasis on major furniture investments, which are usually upholstered pieces. Quality upholstery will last a long time, and many of the best upholstery fabrics are not only durable and hard-wearing, but elegant and luxurious too. Some good choices are chenille, velvet, damask, brocade, and heavyweight silk.

• Choose accessories that add rich accents. Elegant mirrors, glittering chandeliers, gilt wall sconces, lustrous silk pillows, and delicate porcelain all help create a luxurious ambiance.

• Often the greatest self-indulgence is to surround yourself with cherished objects that give you pleasure. Whether it's a collection that you have amassed over the years, a favorite painting, family photographs or heirlooms, these are the luxuries that are often the necessities of life.

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