9 ways to create a luxury look in your home

A designer-look living space doesn’t need to cost the earth. Follow interior designer and TV presenter Celia Sawyer’s advice on the investments that will add luxurious style to your home

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Introduce subtle accents of marble if you’d prefer not to have the stone on the walls and floors. This Double Thames vanity unit with marble top costs £6,300 from Drummonds

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For a more affordable option, ceramic tiles with a marble-effect finish will add a touch of luxury just as well as the real thing. The Venato ceramic tiles by Walls and Floors cost £24.95 per m2

4. Go for good-quality doors

Invest in doors that have some serious weight to them, as I’m a firm believer that well-made doors can give your home a total lift. Many people overlook doors but they are hugely important to your scheme when trying to add a luxurious feel. Doors with a bevelled glass inset, in particular, create a spacious feel and can look extremely glamorous when opening into living and dining rooms. Plus, if you’ve extended, adding investment, high-quality bi-fold doors to link the inside and outside spaces will create a modern, light-filled look. My advice – don’t skimp on doors if you can avoid it.


JB Kind’s Calypso Aurora glazed door is a contemporary twist on a classic 1950s design. Each door costs £188.40


Full-width glazing will create an air of elegance in a space, increasing the natural light and enhancing the feeling of space. Look out for minimal, slimline frames for a modern look (Celia Sawyer)

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Urban Front’s Neo e80 oiled iroko door with side panel and statement long handle creates a real focal point in the hallway, as well as from the outside, resulting in a modern look that’s energy-efficient and hardwearing too

5. Spend on bespoke furniture

Bespoke storage is not only practical, it is also a stylish investment. Designed to your own specifications, built-in solutions will maximise every inch of space, while freestanding styles, such as drawers, can be made to order, and include compartments to suit your belongings. Choose high-gloss woods, mirrored and fabric-clad styles for a luxe look, then finish with handcrafted pieces, such as chrome or gold details.

6. Invest in at least one indulgent feature

One fixture I’d recommend for every home is a fantastic shower head in the master bathroom. If you have the space, a large style with extra features, such as adjustable pressure and powerful jets, will create a spa-like experience at home. There are many on the market at varying expense but if you think about how many times you’ll use it, I’d say it’d be worth it.

6.Zuchetti.Kos Luxury bathroom

Your bathroom at home can be like a spa experience if you invest in a hi-tech shower fitting. With integrated lighting in a choice of colours and music, MP3 holder and control panel, the Zuchetti ceiling shower head costs £2,922, while the chrome built-in single-lever mixer costs £513.60, from Zuchetti.Kos

7. Don’t overlook lighting

An ever-popular look, an Art Deco-style chandelier will always be on trend. Think lots

8. Go for built-in designs

Integrated appliances in the home are a hugely important factor when trying to create luxury. If you’re working on a project, think about incorporating a sound system from the very beginning. It may cost but its well worth it as your home becomes seamless with sound. An integrated coffee machine and hot water tap are two must-haves, proving convenience is a luxury in itself. Coffee machines are not a necessity but, if you like coffee like I do, there’s nothing better than making fresh coffee in your own kitchen in the morning, and a built-in machine really looks the part.


Great for saving space and creating a streamlined finish in a kitchen diner, go for integrated appliances at an easily accessible height and location for ease of use – built-in fittings help keep the space looking tidy, too

9. Remember those finishing touches

I’m a huge fan of flowers – real or faux. There are some amazingly lifelike silk flowers that


Interior designer and TV presenter Celia Sawyer