Luxury implies more than just a high price tag. While it is true that most luxury homes have a higher-than-average listing price, luxury also includes exclusivity of the location, breathtaking views, and world-class construction. Lastly, one of the most important components of a luxury home is design sensibility, with the following high-end interior design ideas sure to become ever-present in contemporary luxury homes. 


Just as old industrial spaces, such as warehouses and factories, are being converted into apartments, hotels, and restaurants, so too will the industrial theme pervade the interior of luxury homes in 2021 and beyond. 

The industrial theme is all about giving your interior spaces a raw, unfinished look. For example, the industrial style bathroom features old-school tile, prominent fixtures, and exposed pipes.

While this bare-bones approach screams of functionality, it also provides an unmistakable flair of style that more polished interiors cannot match.

Stick with the Essentials

Modern Luxury Home

Expanding on the spartan elements of the industrial theme, luxury home interior design is all about limiting the amount of stuff that is actually in your home. It may be counterintuitive, but homes that contain a lot of items do not convey an air of opulence. Instead, they reek of hoarding and clutter, giving the interior a tacky and unrefined aspect.

The most luxurious spaces in 2021 will contain comparatively few items. Stately sofas and armchairs should be accompanied by an unencumbered coffee table, with no tacky end tables present to clutter the space. Walls and shelves should be sparsely decorated, with the focus being on a specific piece of art or architecture.

Textured Walls

Long thought to be an outdated design element, wall coverings and textured walls appear set to make a comeback in 2021. Textured walls blend seamlessly with more modern elements of interior design, such as decorative ceiling tiles, and can be used to give your space warmth and character. They also can help give the interior a consistent, universal theme and help hide unflattering characteristics in the underlying wall’s design.


At one point in the not-so-distant past, taking steps toward sustainability, such as driving a hybrid car, got you labeled as an eccentric or conspiracy theorist. Fast forward to 2021, and sustainability is all the rage, with the trend set to take luxury interior design by storm. 

In addition to embracing minimalist concepts, sustainable design features open spaces, large windows that allow the flow of natural light, and floors and walls made of bamboo. It also incorporates recycled and repurposed furniture, with any new products free from volatile organic compounds that can be harmful to the environment.

Neutral Colors

Contemporary luxury design in modern luxury home

While most of the minimalist aspects prominent in contemporary luxury design shun paint in favor of a more natural look, those homeowners that prefer painted interiors should stick with neutral colors, such as gray, beige, white, black, or ivory. While it may be tempting to use brighter colors to add personality to the interior, any air of luxury is usually lost with such colors.

In addition to a more elegant character, neutral interiors match better with other stately features, such as black or oak doors and luxury vinyl plank flooring, giving the interior the air of sophistication it seeks. 

Add Prominent Features

While the number of items in a luxury home interior should be kept to a minimum, those that are present should not be inconspicuous. Sprawling chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling curtains, oversized accent pillows on the sofas, and wall-spanning paintings or portraits are great ways to give any luxury interior an awe-inspiring element.


Of the many elements that make up a luxury home, design sensibility is one of the most important. By choosing from the high-end interior design ideas listed above, any luxury home can stay ahead of the trends in 2021 and beyond. 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

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