Modern homes are more about the touches and feel of the space one is living in. The contemporary expanse of a house is either completely over the top, replete with colours, textures, fabrics, and gaudy designs or is super minimalistic with marbles, gold accents, and dainty artefacts. But then there are also those who want the best of both worlds. This is when the amalgamation of several materials and textures works its wonders. The materials used in making a living space work in harmony with the persona of the people occupying that space. A combination of various materials — leather, crystals, metals, marble and so on — create an ultra-modern and edgy assortment of home décor items. Wedding Affair recommends decorating your humble abode with the beauty and charms of these textures from stones and metals.
Marble, or metamorphosed limestone, is the most timeless stone used in everything from home décor to phone covers. A clean sophisticated look and a smooth, shiny finish make it an elite choice. This is for those looking to incorporate a classic elegance in their homes. When combined with rose-gold or golden metallic accents, this stone can revamp your home into the most luxe-looking environment. Little cabinets that combine wood and marble into a luxurious ensemble of home décor. And can make for a great piece to decorate your space. Italian marble in pastel hues and even in black looks sophisticated and charming. Therefore, be it wood, leather, brass or gold, marble combines with everything and produces a beautiful output in furnishing aesthetics.
Fulfilling the 21st-century desire of luxury, artisanship, and timelessness is the poor man’s gold alloy of copper and zinc — brass. This metal used in verdigris finish created by hand using a mixture of salt and ammonia or oxidised. And it gets a hand rub to create other variants makes for the quintessential vintage look. This is what is desired by the cosmopolitan for their urban-modern and industrial designs for their abodes. The warmer undertones in brass also complement the ‘millennial pink’ which is the shade of choice for anything and everything currently. A polished brass used in any kind of furniture or artefact, combined with other materials, provides the polished accent in the overall look.
Another classic material that rules the hearts of the people is leather. It is durable, provides insulation from heat, and is also tear-resistant compared to fabrics. These qualities of leather make it the choice material for usage in luxury furniture such as sofas, armchairs, and headboards. From red and black to white and pastel, every shade of leather has a scent of luxury that marks it as the unparalleled ruler of the market in the luxury home décor department. Textures of leather, such as suede leather, are also a popular choice when it comes to lining up the headboards and sofa chairs. Faux leather has also been gaining popularity since sustainable living as a concept gained momentum.
In the pre-Islamic period, most luxury vessels made of precious metals, including gold and silver, while ceramic wares largely used for utilitarian purposes such as storing water and food, transporting goods, and cooking. However, in the Islamic world, luxury ceramics became popular and found appreciation for their aesthetic appeal and affordability — according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The properties of ceramic make it a highly used texture in many forms of luxury goods. The benefits of ceramic are amplified with the introduction of ceramic 3D printing, and their versatility means more and more luxury houses, watchmakers, jewellers, and wide luxury market players, in general, are starting to embrace this technology.