Have you ever indulged in a luxury weekend break at a boutique hotel or stayed in a posh resort that you just didn’t want to leave? Wouldn’t it be great if you could experience that hotel style of living each and every day within the comfort of your own home? Well, I have a few tricks up my sleeve which means you can. Depending on how far you want to take this interior trend, you can add a few new accessories for an enhanced sense of calm and relaxation, or you can alter the décor to achieve a pampered paradise that goes all out. By the time you’re finished, your home will impress even the top hotelier.
Just like the reception area or lobby of a hotel, every home, as soon as you step through the front door should welcome you with open arms, making you feel relaxed and special. First impressions mean everything so the hallway is always a good place to start. A jumbled heap of smelly shoes by the door won’t give you that hotel feeling you’re after so invest in a dedicated cabinet or chest to solve the problem instantly.
Tile: London in Trafalgar Taupe
Provide your hallway with that all important ‘wow’ factor impression that visitors will never forget. This can be achieved with a grand, freestanding mirror, with a decorative edging that catches your eye as soon as you return home. Not only great for making a style statement, but mirrors have the added benefit of reflecting light to make the area appear more spacious; perfect if it’s a small hallway you’re dealing with. Depending on the size of your hallway, you may also like to include a statement piece of furniture such as a lavish armchair that greets you as you walk through the door.
Tile: Clerkenwell Decor Blue/ Plain
Opt for a pale shade on the walls and maybe a feature print escalating up the stairs that tempts you to your luxurious hotel style bedrooms and bathrooms. Floor tiles in a light shade will also provide your hallway with an open-airy feel. Compared to carpet, hard flooring is easier to keep clean, allowing your home to constantly sparkle. The key with the hallway is to create a clutter-free, yet homely feel that invites you in.
Tile: Chevron Floor
When you think of luxury-hotels, you automatically think of a bedroom filled with a huge bed that has been adorned thoughtfully with throws and cushions. This can easily be replicated. For a bed fit for a king, treat yourself to some new bed linen and experiment with cushions. Mix and match styles, shapes and materials for a beautiful arrangement. Here you can spend as much or as little as you like and whether you choose to shop The High Street or invest in some designer pieces you will be amazed at the difference a few scatter cushions can make. The accessories you choose will enhance the overall décor, so for a romantic boudoir opt for deeper shades of silk and velvet. For a kitsch, vintage appearance experiment by combing floral patterns with spots and gingham.
Tile: LA Black
To ensure your special resting place remains clutter-free, incorporate storage wherever possible. This could come in the form of a bed with secret drawers or internal compartments for the wardrobes. Either way, socks strewn across the foot of the bed is never a good look. Remember, your home might end up looking like a plush hotel but you won’t be able to rely on a maid service to keep the place looking neat and tidy, so the need for clever storage is a must!
Tile: Metal Elements Platinum
Taking inspiration from boutique hotels, open-plan bedroom/bathrooms are now more popular than ever. No longer is a free-flowing layout that breaks down the boundaries only to be enjoyed on a romantic break, many of us are now transforming our bedrooms into sanctuaries of relaxation by incorporating a statement freestanding bath, so we can enjoy a long, hot soak without being locked away in the bathroom.
Tile: London Chelsea
If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, make sure your bathroom or en-suite resembles that of a hotel bathroom. It needs to be stylish, comfortable for when you need it to cocoon you from the stresses of daily life. Start with a heated towel rail so you can enjoy warm fluffy towels all year round and if your towels are starting to look a little worn, it should be out with the old and in with the new. Scented candles will set the mood for long soaks in the tub and if the budget allows, under-floor heating is a must to give you that added comfort when you step out the shower.
Tile: Chipboard White
Keep bathroom essentials like toothpaste and razors out of sight. You may need to invest in a vanity unit or modular bathroom furniture to keep your bathroom organized. Whilst you don’t want your bathroom to look cluttered, display any lavish soaps and hand creams that have been given to you at Christmas or for a birthday.
One of the things I love about staying away is coming downstairs in the morning to a beautifully laid breakfast table. Whether you opt for pristine matching china, or mismatched vintage pieces, ensuring your table is always laid allows you to make it into a feature and avoids you or the kids using it as a dumping ground.
Tile: Limestone Antique Greige
You can take this theme as far as you want to and whether your budget allows for a few new accessories or a re-think of the layout of your bedroom and bathroom, the results will make such a difference to how your home looks and feels. So good in fact, you will never want to leave!