Quiet luxury, also known as “stealth wealth,” is one of the latest trends to take fashion by storm. Now it’s even coming into the house.
The minimalist aesthetic can be summed up in the phrase, “Money speaks, wealth whispers.” Quiet luxury eschews the flashy accents and logo prints typical of the upper class, replacing flashy displays with understated luxury.
While Gwyneth Paltrow staged a quiet extravagance during a lawsuit over a skiing accident earlier this year, Succession’s clever cast of characters includes Ralph Lauren, Max Mara, Loro Piana, and more. She wore modest but expensive basics from the brand.
The versatility of quiet luxury makes it easy to incorporate into interior design. This time, WWD explains how to incorporate the trend into your home.
Rather than choosing bold shades, focus on neutrals like taupes and beiges, and balance them with brighter shades like whites and creams. Darker shades such as navy, olive green, brown, gray and black are also synonymous with quiet luxury.
Embracing comfort is an important aspect of quiet luxury. Cozy fabrics like linen, velvet, and shearling can be incorporated into upholstery, curtains, and bedding. Adding a knitted blanket to your sleeping or living space can also be helpful.
For solid surfaces, stone or wood finishes are recommended. Textures such as marble, travertine, oak, and wood can modernize any space while still referencing the classic aspects of design.
Nothing says quiet luxury like a quality investment product. Rather than succumbing to current trends, look for furniture that will stand the test of time. Crisp, clean lines are the focus of this aesthetic, so leave any standout accents behind. That is, gold leaf and baroque moldings.
Quiet and luxurious decoration, like any other aesthetic decoration, is based on simplicity. Choose simple, abstract prints to cover your walls or accent pillows with minimalist patterns. To increase the comfort factor, choose soft lighting.
Retailers like Restoration Hardware, CB2, and West Elm offer a wide selection of furniture and decor options that align with the quiet luxury trend. If you’re looking for subdued, luxurious style on a budget, Zara and H&M’s home lines offer simple yet sophisticated décor options at affordable prices.
Vintage pieces are also a great way to express quiet luxury. Look for midcentury modern or postmodern styles to achieve a sophisticated look.