by Blake Herzog
“Micro luxury” is a term and hashtag that’s been trending as people who feel priced out of the chance to live like the Roys on Succession or the Kardashians on what is now simply The Kardashians look for ways to indulge themselves without breaking their budgets.
It’s used in both fashion and interior design, and both pay close attention to details to elevate the appearance and comfort of both.
At home you can embrace
the trend by sprinkling luxurious, high-end Easter eggs throughout the house or lavishing one space, no matter how small, with cushy, decadent furnishings and accessories.
Many of our thoughts for this space can be carried out in spaces throughout the house.
If you don’t have the money to buy a new velvet couch, look for throw pillows and textiles made of velvet, silk, satin or other opulent materials to dazzle family and guests alike. Embroidered designs add further depth and heft to your cushions, and detailed piping adds even more elegance while helping to preserve the shape of the pillow.
A wool or silk rug can knock your room out of the park in terms of richness.
More understated gestures can give a surprising boost to your living room or any other space. Well-kept curtain tiebacks open up a world of possibilities of how you can drape them to allow the right amount of natural light in while impressing your guests.
Metallic inner linings for lamp shades can transform your interiors by refracting light until it sparkles — a copper finish adds a warmer tone while silver lends a brighter effect.
Micro luxury here may be a bigger asset than anywhere else, assuring you get the most restful, healthiest sleep you need to function at your best.
Make sure your sheets are as soothing and pleasing to you as possible; cotton sheets with a thread count of 400 or above are usually a good bet but go with what feels right to you.
Contrasting light with dark neutrals in the décor showcases the depth and richness of deep green, navy, brown or black surfaces.
Given the time and expense it can take to transform a kitchen it may seem difficult to translate the micro luxury trend there, but there are many details you can upgrade there, starting with the pulls on drawers and cabinets. Replacing tarnished handles with gleaming silver, gold or copper hardware will immediately impact the ambiance as you cook and eat. A couple professional-grade pots and pans will add to the feel while saving you money in the long run.
Since most of these are relatively small it’s easy to make a large impact with just a few tweaks. It’s striking how much a ceramic soap dish or dispenser and a color-coordinated cover for the tissue box will enhance the aesthetic.
Finish it out with plush towels, a comfy bath rug and an impressive cotton shower curtain to showstopping effect!