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Post Date: May 20, 2022

11 Distinctive Luxury Home Design Features

Buying a new home can be an exciting adventure, especially when you are looking for an upscale, luxury home. And what better place to look for a luxury home than in beautiful, sunny Florida.

You’ll get the best of all worlds - year-round warm weather, a lush green tropical environment, and magnificent homes in gated communities.

So, what are the characteristics you should look for when searching for your luxury home? This list presents the design elements that discerning buyers consider must-haves or highly desirable.

1. Premium Materials

Inside and out, a luxury home must use high-quality materials noted for their elegant appearance and durability. Typical run-of-the-mill materials like laminate flooring will not suffice.

Premium Materials

You have plenty of options for premium materials and finishes in your home. The goal is to select the options that work in synergy and provide an exceptional home experience.

Popular luxury materials include:

  • Plaster walls
  • Stone tile flooring
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Bamboo flooring
  • Laser cut sheet metal wall panels
  • Flagstones
  • Brick
  • Glass tiles or bricks
  • Ceramics

2. Architectural Details

Regardless of the materials that you select, the interior and exterior design needs special architectural flourishes that set the home apart from regular homes. However, these details should not be overused. Otherwise, the final look will be too busy.

Architectural Details

Architectural details produce the greatest effect when used judiciously. They show that extra time and energy were spent creating the space.

Examples of special architectural details:

  • Archways
  • Turrets
  • Pillars
  • Curved walls
  • Nooks
  • Recessed shelving

3. Impressively Sized Spaces

Excess living space is a luxury, and a fancy luxury home by definition needs to make a big impression.

Impressively Sized Spaces

Space gives you the ability to:

  • Host large gatherings
  • Display artwork and sculptures
  • Include a piano
  • Showcase a beautiful outdoor setting

A big open space creates a sense of magnificence that most dwellings cannot hope to match. However, you don't want to go too far with the open concept. Everyone needs some privacy, which means building separate rooms where they work, play, or relax.

Not everyone in the home wants to listen to your conference call or be distracted by a noisy sports game on a big television. For this reason, when designing the luxury home, you'll want to balance glorious open spaces with privacy and segregation of various home functions.

4. Magnificent Kitchens

No room in a home rivals the splendor and extravagance that can be expended on a kitchen. This is a place to show off premium materials and technology at the same time. It will be a large space where people can gather or caterers can prepare big meals.

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Luxury kitchen trends include:

  • Granite, quartz, or stainless steel countertops
  • Tile or hardwood floors
  • Large island counters
  • Large ranges with hoods
  • Tile, stone, or glass backsplashes
  • One or more large sinks
  • Hardwood cabinetry
  • Good lighting design
  • Butler's pantry
  • Open shelving for decorative objects


As for kitchen design, you have nearly endless choices in colors and textures. Anything you like is on the table from sleek modern designs to charming country kitchens.

5. Elite Bathrooms

Every bathroom in a luxury home needs to dazzle with high-end materials, style, and function.

Elite Bathrooms

Luxury touches that turn baths into spa areas are:

  • Soaker tubs
  • Showers with multiple heads
  • Steam room or sauna
  • Bidet
  • Alcove walls
  • Beveled mirrors
  • Touch screen mirrors with televisions
  • Gorgeous faucets and fixtures
  • Beautiful light fixtures
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Private windows to let in natural light
  • Radiant heat flooring
  • Fireplace

6. Integration With the Outdoors

No luxury home is complete without consciously embracing its outdoor setting. This can be done in two ways:

  • Liberal use of glass doors and windows between the interior and exterior
  • Inclusion of outdoor living spaces

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A big trend right now is to use glass to separate a living space from the deck or patio. Whether it's built with multiple sliding glass doors or high-end accordion doors of mostly glass, the point is that you can open the inside to the outside whenever you desire.

Other interior methods of integrating the outdoors include:

  • Natural stone décor
  • Potted plants and trees
  • Skylights
  • Water fountains

These nature-focused interior design tactics are known as biophilic design principles. They emphasis the use of living plants or foliage-oriented wall art to soothe you with the feeling of being outside.

As for the outdoor rooms that are growing in popularity, you can build:

  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Outdoor dining rooms
  • Outdoor media rooms


7. Advanced Smart Technology and Security

All luxury homes need to be smart homes. Smartness comes from wiring the home with the latest digital control technology for convenience and security.

These systems include Wi-Fi that enables you to operate the system with your smartphone. Additionally, an internet-connected main server provides remote access.

Smart technology in a luxury home allows you to control:

  • Lighting
  • Door locks
  • Temperature
  • Audio and visual equipment
  • Window drapes and blinds

You can also have a security system installed that works on the same smart technology. A modern security system can:

  • Monitor doors and windows
  • Operate interior and exterior cameras
  • Alert you to fires or broken plumbing
  • Run motion sensor lights and cameras
  • Call for help

Security systems are in high demand due to the peace of mind that they deliver. When luxury homeowners are out of town, they can check cameras, adjust lighting, and lock or unlock doors.

8. Special-Purpose Rooms and Areas

As you design a luxury home, you have the power to include special-purpose rooms, like a library or billiards room, almost like you're making your own real-life Clue game board.

Special-Purpose Rooms and Areas

These are some popular specialty additions in luxury homes:

  • Home office or two
  • Home theater
  • Exercise room
  • Rooftop patio
  • Master suite balcony
  • Craft room
  • Art studio
  • Recording studio

Audio and video recording areas are increasingly requested today because so many hobbyists and professionals are producing online content.

9. Premium Appliances

Your luxury home will of course include premium appliances, but it's worth mentioning as its own feature because appliances are not only in the kitchen. They can be in the laundry room and outdoor cooking areas too.

Luxury appliance brands:

  • La Cornue French gas ranges
  • Gaggenau cook tops and ventilation appliances
  • MIELE cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing, and laundry appliances
  • Viking cooking and refrigeration appliances
  • THERMADOR cooking and refrigeration appliances


10. Dressing Rooms Worthy of Royalty

A full-length mirror on your closet door is not going to qualify as luxury anymore. You need a private space off your bedroom and bath where you can access your walk-in closet and get dressed.

Master Closet

11. Indoor Air Quality Systems

This is a luxury feature that is not visible but improves your quality of life. A superior environmental system attends to heating, cooling, ventilation, and air quality.

Air purification systems that filter out particles or use ultraviolet light to disinfect are a growing trend in home life. They are especially useful in regions prone to wildfires where smoke pollution can be excessive.

People value air purification and filtering for removal of:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Pathogens


Live in Luxury at Bella Collina

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Golfers and outdoor lovers enjoy a refined existence at Bella Collina. Our beautiful private golf community in Central Florida has luxury real estate for sale as well as building sites for custom homes.

Our amenity-rich location features Old World style Tuscan architecture.

We have the motto of "Where Luxury Meets Nature" because of our:

  • Sir Nick Faldo signature golf course
  • Private Lake Siena
  • Piazza overlooking the lake
  • Scenic walking trails
  • Mature landscaping

The best part is that peaceful country club living is only a short drive from Orlando. To learn more about our homes and amenities, please contact us.

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