As a mom of 5, the pampering and comfort of a hotel stay is always welcome. However, I find returning home from a hotel stay can be bittersweet, I love the familiarity of home but after a weekend of relaxation, luxury linens, room service, and spa treatments I always come home looking for ways to recreate the luxurious hotel feel at home.
After a weekend of relaxation, fluffy down pillows, luxury linens, room service, spa treatments and elegant accommodations I return home looking for ways to recreate the same luxurious aesthetic at home.
I'm sure you know the feeling. You spend a few days at a hotel only to return home to find yourself craving to be surrounded by sophisticated decor, a relaxing setting and plush textiles. It's perfectly understandable. Who wouldn't want to experience luxury on a daily basis?
Whether its the look of a sophisticated boutique style hotel, a quaint and cozy bed and breakfast or the elegant decadence of a world renowned hotel, recreating a hotel feel at home may be easier than you think.
I've pulled together 7 key elements you'll need to accomplish a hotel inspired look in your own bedroom:
1. A RESTFUL COLOR PALETTE
Color can be used to set the mood and inspire emotions. Choose soothing, restful paint colors such as greens, blues, beige, gray or even lavender for your bedroom walls. These colors create a welcoming sense of comfort and create an illusion of a larger space.
2. THE RIGHT LIGHTING
The purpose of lighting in a bedroom is not only functional, it's also decorative. A luxury bedroom typically features multiple lighting sources (i.e. a beautiful statement chandelier centered above the bed, bedside table lamps, and wall sconces). Layering lighting in the space adds drama and interest.
Use dimmer light switches when installing your bedroom lighting. This will allow you the ability to adjust the intensity of the light in the room based on your mood or needs.
3. LUXURY UNDERFOOT
The flooring in your bedroom is just as important as the bedding or decor. A deep-pile carpet in a neutral shade or a plush shag rug create a luxurious look in a bedroom and feel great underfoot on brisk mornings.
4. INVEST IN YOUR BEDDING
Pile on the pillows for a plush ultra luxurious experience. Make your bed plush and inviting by using at least 2 down pillows, 2 down alternative pillows and 1-2 boudoir or decorative pillows.
There's nothing like waking up from a restful sleep at a 5-star hotel. Crisp linen or cotton high quality sheets of atleast 300 thread count are often used at finer hotels. Be sure to layer the bedding (fitted sheet, flat sheet, and a down comforter).
An upholstered headboard is both stylish and functional in a hotel style bedroom. The upholstered headboard makes propping yourself up for an evening of reading or television watching an inviting and comforting experience.
5. ACCESSORIZE WITH ELEMENTS OF LUXURY
You can further the pampered theme in the bedroom by accessorizing with luxurious accents. Set fresh flowers atop a small stack of books on your nightstand. Complete the look with elegantly framed artwork, your favorite scented candle or a carafe of fresh lemon water.
6. CREATE A SEATING AREA
Hotel rooms often are designed in zones based on the function each area is meant to serve (ie. an area to read/work , to sleep, to bathe, etc). Creating a seating area in your hotel inspired room is a great use of additional space in the room. An upholstered chair, chaise or settee with a small table nearby to hold a cup of tea or favorite book can create the ideal sitting area/ reading nook/ lounge space withing your bedroom.
7. USE A SIGNATURE SCENT
A chic hotel style space should be topped off with a welcoming and relaxing scent via candles or aromatherapy products.
Scent can trigger reflection on a fond memory, a favorite place or creating a calming response.
Aromatherapy products promote a restful ambiance and can be used in fragrance diffusers. Aromatherapy fragrances have been used as room scents and medicinal agents for thousands of years. Each essential oil has its own unique signature, some being soothing and calming, some stimulating or having an aphrodisiac effect."
With a little ingenuity, no matter the size of budget, a hotel design aesthetic can certainly be achieved at home. It simply requires a well thought out design plan.