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Steve Cordony on Creating a Luxury Home for Less

Every stylist or designer has a weak spot. Mine is luxury. It’s just not an aesthetic I’m naturally drawn to.

With that in mind, I thought it best I bring in the big guns to advise on this topic – and who better to call on than the prince of grandeur himself, Steve Cordony?

As Belle’s interior design editor, Steve’s seen (and styled) his fair share of luxurious dwellings – and is sharing his top tips on adding luxe to your home for less in today’s post.

If you’re unsure of the exact definition of luxury, Steve explains it as “a space that is more than having expensive furniture and accessories. It is a space which feels comfortable and homely and has a sense of the person who lives there”.

So, the good news is that you don’t have to take out a personal loan to bring a sense of luxury to your space. Steve tells me that it’s all about clearing out the clutter.

“A beautiful luxe space doesn’t have to have a $10,000 sofa or dining table,” he explains. “Keeping things ordered and neat is important – a luxe space is a clean and tidy space!”.

Steve Cordony on Creating a Luxury Home for Less

Steve Cordony Interiors

Here are Steve’s top tips on making your space feel luxurious:

Bring in luxe accessories

“Styling elements such as fresh flowers, scented candles, and beautiful coffee table books make a space feel warm and luxurious”.

Think about finishes

“Using materials such as brass, copper, marble etc also evokes a sense of luxury”.

Avoid overdoing gold

“Gold and those polished materials are lovely to add as accents to other fabrics and materials such as marble, linen, velvet and timber”.

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Choose colour wisely

“Colour, as with pattern and texture, work in luxe spaces, and interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s work is the perfect example of this. Using deeper toned colours paired back with the neutrals is a great way to create a luxe space”.

Steve’s luxury homewares picks

“Scented candles! My faves are Diptyque, Cire Trudon, Jo Malone, Murchison Hume, Citizens of the World… OK, I have a few. I also love bath towels from Bemboka and Waterford crystal stemware. As Oprah says, “use your good stuff” – luxury isn’t for the top shelf!”.

Are you into a luxe look at home and did these tips help? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Image one comes via Country Road. All other images in this post come courtesy of Steve’s portfolio on his website.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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