Most of us are spending a lot more time at home this year due to the global health pandemic and are dreaming of the days when we can have more freedom and money to luxuriate in hotels again.
However, while we’re stuck at home more, we can take the opportunity to refresh our properties and make them feel new and exciting. One way to do this is by taking steps to bring that hotel feel to our houses. Here are some tips for creating the luxury accommodation vibe today.
Less is More
Picture the hotels you’ve stayed in before that you loved. When they come to mind, do you notice that they all feel calm yet sophisticated, modern yet timeless? Part of this impression comes from the fact that many hotel decorators stick with the maxim that “less is more.”
Luxurious hotel rooms are never too cluttered. They have everything you need, but it’s well organized, and they don’t add on lots of unnecessary extras. Look around your home and see what might be taking up physical and visual space that you can say goodbye to. Stick with the basics, arrange your home efficiently, and don’t let clutter creep in.
Many top hotels also opt for oversized furniture. Larger yet fewer pieces (don’t overdo it when going big) help create a dramatic appearance and add comfort. To replicate this idea, buy a king-size bed for optimum luxury and an oversized couch that will envelop you. Also, stick with clean lines from everything from your sofa, dining table, and bed through to ceiling fans, bedside tables, TV cabinets, and coffee tables.
Another way that less is more is when it comes to your color palette. Most high-end hotels stick with a simple, neutral palette to bring zen to their spaces. A monochromatic color scheme, for instance, looks stylish and feels peaceful. It also helps to bring rooms together.
Invest in an Excellent Mattress
One of the elements we all tend to focus on most when it comes to hotel stays is the quality of sleep we get. To emulate that luxurious feel at home, invest in an excellent mattress. If your current bed is old, has never suited your body, or is made from less-than-ideal materials, it’s worth splurging on a supportive mattress.
We keep these items for roughly eight to ten years, and we sleep around a third of our lives, so this is an area where it’s worth spending a chunk of cash. When you choose a mattress, consider factors such as any allergies you or your partner may have, how soft or firm you like your bed to be, and whether you prefer natural materials or human-made ones.
Sleep in Soft, Quality White Linen
Hotels always boast soft, quality linens, too, usually in crisp white. Top your mattress with sheets that will comfort and soothe you, which work well in the heat and cold. Buy the highest thread count you can afford and choose easy-to-care-for products so you don’t lose that vacation contentment by facing laundry nightmares.
Don’t forget pillows, either, as these are always a prominent feature in hotels. Again, invest in quality options that suit your body and sleep type (e.g., side sleeper or back or stomach sleeper), and add enough throw pillows that they decorate the bed and give you a spot to lounge when reading or watching TV.
Use Moody Lighting
Lighting is an integral part of setting up a home. It adds to the atmosphere by way of both looks and function. There’s always a lovely mood set with proper lighting in luxury hotels, which you can create in your property, too.
For example, add plenty of beautiful overhead lighting, such as chandeliers, lamps, sconces, and mood lighting. Dimmer switches, in particular, help develop a romantic or cozy setting. Remember to give yourself enough illumination to read by, too, near desks and your bed.
Buy Sexy Glassware
When you stay in a gorgeous boutique hotel, you no doubt head to the building’s bar ASAP to indulge in a cocktail or whisky or two. When you do, you’ll notice the venue has likely invested in sexy glassware that’s a pleasure to sip from and looks great to boot.
Recreate this feeling at home and elevate your next romantic meal or dinner party by serving up drinks in vintage champagne glasses, perfectly designed margarita glasses, or on-trend cocktail coupes.
If you want your home to feel like a five-star hotel, follow the tips above to start making your dream come true. Whether you have a small or large budget, there are steps you can take to enjoy a staycation every day of the week.