5 Tips for Luxury Family Living

May 1, 2023

Erika Twohig

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Luxury Family Living

Attaining livable luxury with your family can seem like an overwhelming task. However, if you are keen on creating a home your family will love, it is much simpler than you think. The key is to strike a balance between modern design and functional convenience. As Rhode Island Interior Designers we offer five tips for luxury family living. Whether you are buying or renovating a home, these tips will help you create a space that speaks of comfort and luxury.


Luxury living has much to do with finding a balance between beauty and functionality. A home with beautiful decor but uncomfortable furniture won’t feel luxurious for long, nor will an overly functional setting that lacks personality feel elegant. Therefore, it’s essential to invest in functional furniture that is comfortable to use and pleasing to the eye. For example, consider opting for a comfortable sofa with performance upholstery fabrics that are easy to clean and care for, like Inside Out or Crypton. These fabrics are not only stylish and durable but also able to stand up to spills and stains, making it perfect for family spaces, living rooms, or even outdoor areas. Additionally, built-ins provide a practical yet chic solution for storage and display. They add personality to a room while providing plenty of storage space to keep your home organized and clutter-free. Choose designs with timeless features that complement your decor, and consider integrating lighting to highlight or create the perfect ambiance. With comfortable furniture and functional built-ins, you can elevate your home living experience while still retaining warmth, beauty, and functionality.

Family-Sized Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of a home, a place where family and friends gather to create memories over meals, and bond over shared experiences. When designing a new kitchen or remodeling an existing one, it’s essential to create a space that is both functional and family-oriented.

First, consider investing in a family-sized fridge that can hold enough food to feed everyone comfortably. A fridge with spacious compartments and removable shelves ensures that you have ample storage for all your groceries and can easily accommodate bulk purchases. This will enable you to stock up on your family’s favorite food items without worrying about running out of space.

Adding a breakfast bar or an island that can double up as a homework space for children. This will create an inclusive and multifunctional space where everyone can come together, whether to share meals, socialize, or engage in other activities. A breakfast bar is an excellent place for quick meals, while a kitchen island can provide ample prep space when cooking large meals.

Creating a space that caters to everyone’s needs and preferences is key in a family-centered kitchen. Consider having a designated space for the little ones to play, read or do homework, while still being close enough to keep an eye on them. 

If you have the space, adding a “dirty kitchen” or pantry with workspace to cook can provide numerous benefits.  For one thing, it is incredibly convenient to have a dedicated workspace to prepare snacks or meals, especially if you love to entertain or have a large family. Having this additional kitchen space can help keep the kitchen organized and free of clutter. You can use it to store small appliances, cookbooks, and baking sheets, making sure that everything is easily accessible and within reach. This setup can save valuable counter space, allowing you to keep your kitchen clean and tidy. 

Light & Flow

Lighting and flow are two crucial elements when it comes to creating a luxurious living space. Natural light can help brighten up a space and give a sense of warmth and ambiance to any room. The more accessible the light filters through your home, the more serene and luxurious your space will be. Consider adding windows and glass sliding doors in the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms to allow for more light to flow into the space. This will brighten up your home, creating an airy feeling and an overall better living experience.  We love adding windows to all of our projects, especially kitchens.  Check out our Modern Colonial Project to see how we took this dark kitchen to bright and airy.

Creating a living space with good flow is also important to the luxury experience. Flow refers to the movement and direction that people take throughout your living space. A well-designed luxury home should have a free-flowing layout that makes every room accessible and easy to navigate. There should be minimal physical barriers in the home that create separation, so spaces should flow seamlessly from one room to another. Consider creating open spaces that connect to one another to create an overall balance throughout the home while creating an inviting atmosphere. A well-balanced and well-designed luxury living space with good lighting and enhanced flow will contribute to an elegant and tranquil setting, making your home a true oasis.

Quality vs. Quantity

When creating a luxury living space, investing in quality items is essential. Choosing quality decor, furnishings, and accessories over a quantity of lower-quality items can elevate your space and provide a comfortable and lasting environment. Choosing well-built pieces with high-quality materials will withstand the test of time, serving you and your family for many years to come. Be mindful to select genuine and reliable brands that are known for their quality and durable products. Instead of opting for affordable or low-cost items, consider waiting to stock your living space with the pieces that you truly enjoy and that serve your needs the best. Take time in planning and creating a well-thought-out layout that achieves sophistication while also providing comfort, elegance, and function. Investing in quality designed items will save you money in the long run, and it is a statement of your taste and classiness that creates a timeless space that you will be proud of. Quality brands will always provide you with value, beauty, and durability. Invest in quality and enjoy a lifetime of luxurious living..

Outdoor Living

In today’s world, outdoor spaces have become a must-have when it comes to designing a home because they create additional living space for homeowners. With the simple addition of a deck or patio, you can create an entertainment area suitable for hosting friends and family events or even a serene getaway for you and your family. Adding a dining area, lounge space or even a barbeque area will enhance the outdoor space and quality time spent with guests. Utilizing landscaping, hardscapes, and outdoor furnishings such as weather-resistant rugs, cushions, tables, and chairs will help in boosting that curb appeal while ensuring durability in harsh weather conditions. With the right outdoor lighting fixtures and the utilization of natural sunlight, the space can be transformed into a relaxing and comfortable oasis day or night. Designing a functional and inviting outdoor living space not only adds value to your home but enhances your lifestyle by providing an alternative space to gather with loved ones, unwind, and appreciate nature.  Check out these fun outdoor living space ideas from Better Homes & Gardens.

Creating a luxury living space for your family can be a fun and enjoyable experience that involves taking a holistic approach to design. Balance is key when designing a luxury living space that is functional, comfortable, and beautiful simultaneously. Instead of aiming for quantity, investing in high-quality furnishings that are built to last over time will help you realize a luxurious home. Take your time when planning and choose to design each room carefully, taking into account the purpose of the space and the occupants. Consider the placement of furniture and other items to ensure that textural and color balance is well-arranged, and add in elements that aren’t only necessary but also aesthetically pleasing. Artwork and statement pieces of decor can give your home a unique look while also acting as a conversation starter. Additionally, employ elements of nature like houseplants to purify the air and give your home a fresh and natural feel. A well-designed space has a significant impact on the lives of the family members, promotes productivity and relaxation, and can lead to a significant improvement in their well-being. Taking an all-encompassing view of design will help turn a home into a luxurious haven for you and your family.

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