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What Exactly Does "High End" Mean?

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"Luxury" apartments and homes are supposed to have interiors that are "high-end creative conceptual interior design" or simply "high-end," which most people have a vague sense of but can't really define until they see it. High-end concepts for interior design are not your average decoration schemes. They include not only the basic decorations but also the layout of the home. Even if those plans have to go to an architect or structural engineer to be transformed into the final blueprints that builders will use, the designer still plays a major role in how the home turns out. But what most people see is the interior decoration aspect, and it's good to have an idea of how that differs from "regular" interior design.

It Is Luxury

High-end design is for luxury buildings. That's really it; these are the designers who seek out the latest tech and who create a living space that is open, fully wired up, and has every mark of luxury living. From placing professional stoves in the kitchen to designing a separate dressing room that has display cases for every accessory you own, high-end design produces a home that has everything you need for comfort and elegance.

It Is Quality

A high-end interior designer will source the best materials possible. If you want an eco-friendly design, for example, the designer will not just go to the local building supply and get something that fits the minimum requirements; they'll look for the best-rated, most reliable suppliers and materials. They will consider lifespan and routine care when choosing fabrics and flooring, and all windows and sliding/French doors will have dual-pane, if not triple-pane, glass. Luxury design should not look or feel cheap (as in bad, not inexpensive).

It Is Customized

Whenever you hire an interior designer, you get a customized plan. But high-end design, specifically, is super-customized to fit your lifestyle and needs. In general interior design, the designer may put a lot of their own preferences into the final creation, but a high-end designer needs to listen to you. It's simple economics: You're not going to pay a lot for a design you don't like, and that designer wants you to be happy, so you get to play a role in fine-tuning the plans.

The designer will still create suggested decoration schemes, of course, but you get to veto or require features. The one caveat is that those changes need to be reasonable—you can't eliminate safety features, the items must be available or possible to create, and you have to be able to pay for them, of course. If the designer sees a potential problem, such as one of your preferred materials being very difficult to care for, they'll tell you, and you really should listen; the designer wants the materials to last so that the design does not start to fall apart on you.