How to Create a Hotel Chic Bedroom
Think back to your last vacation and remember the exquisite hotel room you called home -- if only for a short time. It’s a place where luxury abounds and relaxation is a top priority. Want to get the same chic look and feel at home? You know, you can transform your ordinary bedroom into a 5-star retreat with a few simple changes!
Hotels use obvious psychology. They are masters at pampering guests. Fresh, crisp linens, fluffy towels and fabulous furnishings welcome and envelop you in all their blissfulness. No wonder we never want to go home – and that’s just want they want. They want us to return again and again and again!
However, multiple vacations each year are a luxury most of us can't swing. So why not recreate the look of a chic hotel in your master suite? That way you can enjoy the feeling of being on holiday 365 days a year – without ever having to leave home!
Luxurious Bed and Bedding
When surveyed after a recent hotel stay, most guests responded that the number one thing they remember is the comfort of the bed and bedding. Some luxury hotel chains like The W, Westin, Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons sell their own proprietary mattresses and bedding to the public. Hampton Inn even advertises their Home Collection, which includes pillows, bedding, mattresses, bath items and travel accessories.
So let’s start with your bed. Are you happy with your current mattress and bedding? If not, you may want to research your favorite hotel’s website for replacements. If that’s a bit beyond your budget, you can put a top-notch bed together on your own by following these easy tips:
- Purchase the best mattress, box springs and frame you can afford – consider it an investment for your health and well being. Try it out in the store. Make sure you’ll be happy with it for at least 8 to 10 years.
- Bed pillows are another major investment that are worth their weight in gold. There’s almost nothing worse than sleeping on an inferior bed pillow. Select down or a quality down alternative for the longest lasting, most comfortable choice.
- Use a duvet cover, down comforter and tailored bedskirt to get that true hotel vibe. Don’t forget matching pillow shams! Keep the color palette as neutral as possible.
- Make sure you purchase crisp, white cotton sheets and pillows cases with a thread count of at least 300. Be wary if you find a sheet set with a high thread count at a bargain price. This generally means they are of poor quality and won’t last very long.
- Add at least one or two coordinating throw pillows. A monogrammed pillow really adds to the tailored hotel chic look.
Calming Paint Color
Select a neutral paint color that complements your bedroom furniture. However, don’t think that neutral has to be boring. If you have an espresso furniture finish, try a pale Tiffany blue on the walls. Or do a search of upscale hotel property websites and copy the color scheme you like most.
There’s nothing better than propping your pillows up on a substantial headboard to read or watch TV. Find (or make) one that’s tall enough to make a definite statement in the room. And, of course, upholstered is better and tufted is best!
Wall-mounted, hanging pendants or bedside table lamps are a must for reading and working in bed. Make sure you have ample overhead lighting available when you need it. Hang a classic chandelier or large drum shade pendant in the center of the room. Install a dimmer to control the amount of light. A stylish floor lamp is the perfect lighting touch for a reading or desk nook.
Ever notice that you tend to sleep in when you’re staying in a hotel? That’s partly due to black out curtains or shades. If you enjoy sleeping late, black outs are a must for your hotel chic bedroom. You can either find curtains or shades with integrated black out lining or purchase separate black out panels that hang beneath your decorative curtains.
What is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a hotel room? Probably the clean lines and lack of clutter. Keep knick-knacks, furniture and artwork to a minimum. You can have clutter and disarray in other areas of your house, but don’t let it creep into your bedroom and spoil the effect.
The Little Extras
If you have the space, create a built-in for a mini-fridge and coffee maker. Make sure your have cozy terrycloth robes and slippers available. If you like to work in bed rather than at a desk, purchased a lap desk. Make sure you have an easily programmable alarm clock with features such as an mp3 player or nature sounds.
And we certainly can’t forget the spa bathroom of your luxury home hotel suite!
Have lots of white, fluffy cotton towels on hand and an attractive place to store them. Quality soaps, cleansers and hair products are a must. Conserve counter space by mounting your hair dryer and magnifying mirror on the wall. If you live in a chilly climate, install a heated towel rack in the bathroom. Buy a hotel-quality shower curtain and hang it on a curved rod – another space-saving idea from the world of hotel living!
Now that you have the hotel suite of your dreams right at home, you may not feel the need to get away as often. Long live hotel chic!
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