The quiet luxury trend is applauding once again the pandemic-era boom in maximalist interiors. While still many of us gravitate toward Dopamine-inducing colours and sinuous shapes, a new iteration of simplicity is laid out. Inspired by cultural moments like Sofia Richie Grange’s wedding in the south of Francewidely spread Succession, and not many call it, but the uniform of many of the biggest tech giants — yes, the relevance of Elizabeth Holmes’ black turtleneck — quiet luxury isn’t muted in our design-obsessed world. And while these examples may evoke emotional understanding, the specifics of the aesthetic are a little tricky to track down.
For answers and insights, we looked to some of the biggest designers in the game. Below, our three experts share the ins and outs of the quiet luxury trend. From tracing its rise to popularity to staple pieces to styling tips for bringing the trend home, consider this your one-stop guide to all things quiet luxury.
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Kate Marker by Kate Marker Interiors and Kate Marker Home. Kate is the founder and owner Kate Marker Interiorsa residential interior design firm, and Kit Marker Homewhich offers a hand-picked range of furniture, home décor, rugs and lighting
Caitlin Kah of Caitlin Kah Interiors. Caitlin Kah He is an interior designer based in Palm Beach whose fresh, livable interiors range from traditional to contemporary. She has worked with diverse clients on an eclectic mix of residential and commercial projects throughout the United States and abroad.
Alexandra Epstein, Principal Interior Designer at Purple Cherry Architects. A graduate of the Art Institute – where Alexandra nurtured her innate appreciation for fine things, art and composition – she went on to create a variety of projects. Whether the style is contemporary or traditional, Alexandra’s ability to create well-curated spaces to live in and enjoy is evident.
What is quiet luxury? How would you describe the aesthetic and what words would define it?
“Quiet luxury is more than a state of mind,” according to Epstein. Standing as an aesthetic that bridges fashion and home décor, it describes quiet luxury as “refined elegance.” To capture the entire trend, designers are staying away from anything extravagant, flashy, or flashy. Luxury is only half of the title—coordinating a simple color scheme featuring a “neutral palette full of luxurious textures” is the easiest way to let the aesthetics pop.
Marker’s definition builds on this, emphasizing “a restrained sense of warmth and elegance.” Basically, the easiest way to create serene luxury is to let the pieces speak for themselves. Kah adds that luxury is all about paying attention to the tactile quality of your space: “Layered textiles, soft ambient lighting, luxuriously comfortable furnishings, soft bedding, and soft underfoot rugs” are all key ingredients to consider when curating quiet luxury in your home.
Quiet luxury has quickly taken over the design world. What explains their influence and what is driving this trend?
Kah is quick to point out our collective need to come home to a comfortable, peaceful space. “By limiting pattern and color, we can recharge in a more relaxed way,” says the designer.
However, if we zoom out, we can see how the cultural zeitgeist is plugged into this minimalist aesthetic. According to Epstein, “Quiet luxury has always been around.” everything from Succession to Gwyneth Paltrow ski accident case Bring this trend into the mainstream. But perhaps even more compelling is how the appeal is communicated through social media. She notes that “fashion and home influencers have presented it as very simplistic and accessible”. And what is the most widespread representation of quiet luxury? Capsule wardrobe is everywhere, as creams, blacks, navy, and white reign supreme.
Quiet luxury also raises the issue of design longevity. “Investing in pieces that stand the test of time requires careful consideration,” says Marker. The remaining benefit of embracing quiet luxury, whether in your wardrobe or home, is that it opens up your budget for pieces you’ll love for life.
What do you consider the quiet essential luxury pieces?
There are few staple pieces that instantly convey quiet luxury. In the fashion world, Epstein likes a classic ballet flat, a structured black bag, “sweaters in assorted neutrals,” and a gold bangle. (I basically describe every outfit we wanted to replicate in every Nancy Meyers movie never.) Translating the aesthetic into the home, she suggests investing in the following:
- Throw wool
- Leather-covered accessory (eg, box, desk blotter, tray, etc.)
- Wall or floor mirror with gold frame
- Wooden picture frames
Marker’s quiet luxury favorites extend into larger cuts and masterful detailing. “A well-upholstered sofa, linen or high-yarn bedding, custom window treatments, a velvety wool rug, and a vintage accent piece that tells a story.”
What styling tips can you share for bringing fashion home?
Epstein’s tips emphasize the restraint inherent in quiet luxury. “Stick to a neutral color palette, use textures to tell a story, keep classic lines, and mix found antiques.” While quiet luxury communicates simplicity, it’s important to be intentional about everything you bring into your home. She emphasizes the importance of infusing an old-world feel to the space, making it feel “clean yet curated, lived-in yet refined.”
Quiet luxury is clean yet curated, lived in yet refined.
Marker agrees, appreciating vintage pieces, weaving in new accents here and there to spark interest. She adds that materials and textures play a key role in creating quiet luxury and encourages choosing antique brass finishes “that provide a glow to add warmth to a space.”
I love Kah’s approach: She starts with a luxurious throw and builds a luxurious, luxurious landscape from there. It’s about emphasizing the simplicity of the aesthetic, encouraging homeowners to opt for crisp towels in the bathroom and pretty candles. Whether you’re translating quiet luxury into your home or wardrobe, think: effortless elegance is always.