How To Achieve A Luxury Hotel Feel At Home
Sometimes the best part of a trip is getting to enjoy your cosy elegant home away from home. But what is it about a luxury hotel that’s so different from your own house. Besides of course, it not being your house?
Most of us are willing to sink our hard-earned cash into being granted the opportunity to experience such exquisite luxury. But isn’t it worth it to experience even a small version of this luxury in our daily existence? No matter the budget, a lavish lifestyle can be achieved at home — it just takes a few small steps.
So, whether you want a little more luxe in your life or you’ve got guests coming to stay and want to give them the luxury hotel experience, here are some top ways to make your home feel like a luxury hotel.
A Comfy Bedroom is Definitely Key
Your hotel bathroom always looks so clean and crisp that you almost don’t want to use it. You suddenly see yourself taking a warm bath (with bubbles, of course), putting on a mask, and reading a book.
Whereas, at home, on the other hand, it’s more of a jump in jump out feeling. Let’s change that, shall we? When entering your bathroom, you should enter a serene and posh decor. You probably found a glass-enclosed walk-in shower with full-body jets and an equally strong shower head.
Your bedroom is where you rest after a long day and the first thing you see in the morning. It should look and feel like your safe haven. Essentially, the bedroom is the one room that you should not skimp on.
Sadly, it is the room that most homeowners ignore since guests don’t see it. Give yourself the gift of luxury with a bedroom that you deserve to wake up in each morning, and don’t forget that little chocolate on the pillow.
Design Your Own Hotel Spa Bathroom at Home
Moving from the bedroom into the bathroom, you should enter an equally serene and posh decor. Think of the best hotel that you have ever stayed — what amenities did the bathroom have?
You probably found a glass-enclosed walk-in shower with full-body jets and an equally strong shower head. There was of course a jacuzzi tub, and a double set of deep sinks with large mirrors that were lit by glitzy wall sconces, and there was a lavish offering of soaps and scents galore. Let’s not forget the towels that were plush as puffy clouds, and the bathrobe made of supreme-quality cotton.
There was, of course, a jacuzzi tub, and large mirrors that are lit, and their lavish offering of soaps and scents galore. Let’s not forget the towels that were plush as puffy clouds.
Attaining a lavish bathroom can be as simple as a pretty shower curtain, some plush towels and scented candles. Run a bath and pretend that you’re in paradise. Don’t forget to hang the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.
The Entry Way of a Hotel is Always Luxe
Think of the last hotel that you walked into. What did you first see? Of course, you were surrounded by an amazing lobby that was filled with an exotic flower arrangement, glitzy mirrors, well-arranged seating areas, and fabulous artwork.
How can you create all this in the small entryway of your own home? It’s simple. You just need to guide your visitors’ eyes to a certain niche or centrepiece that will welcome them into your home and speak to the rest of the home’s style.
It’s best to start with a small entryway table. Whether it be marble, wood or shiny, the entryway table can be your starting point. Then add to this table: a pretty lamp, a bowl of fruit, some books or other things that appeal to your tastes, and a flower arrangement.
A first impression is paramount, but why not aim to create a lasting impression? Make it one that leaves a lavish impact on others.
Plush Pillows are a Necessity in Hotel Decor
Plush. Comfortable. Sophisticated. These are just some words to describe a luxury hotel room. If you’ve always wanted to “borrow” a pillow or decorative fixture from your holiday lodging, there are easy and inexpensive ways to layer luxury into your decor.
When staying in a luxury hotel, you tend to notice that decorative pillows are placed expertly within the space. Hotels do this because the space needs to appeal to different people and their tastes.
If you don’t have a headboard on your bed, you can pile on big bolster pillows so you can prop yourself up in comfort. Posh pillows with elegant trims will also accent sofas and chairs.
This layered look creates a space that offers a sense of comfort and luxury — especially when the highest-end materials are used. For a bonus, you can accessorise the space with fun and chic pops of colour with artwork, books, and vases to make it a bit more your style.
Best Curtains & Draperies for a Luxury Hotel
Curtains, draperies and blinds are something a lot of us homeowners overlook. We either get some blinds for privacy or we resort to buying cheap curtains at the shops.
There is a good reason for this trend— custom draperies are expensive and hard to find. Along with the bedroom, window coverings are another place where you should put your money where your mouth is. If not chosen correctly, they can ruin the look of your luxury home.
Pick fabrics that suit your tastes and the rest of your decor. To maintain the luxury look, think silks, damasks, and linen for your fabric choices.The curtains in hotel rooms can completely blind external light from entering your room.
These neatly cover the windows and flow from the ceiling to the floor. So, don’t forget to add black-out curtains in bedrooms, as every hotel offers them. Enjoy your luxe curtains, they will open the window to the home of your dreams.
Extravagant Lighting is a Hotel Must
A hotel is never dark or dreary. Rather, it is always well-lit with chandeliers, side lamps, wall sconces, art lights, and mood lighting in every nook.
Begin with the big overhead lights in your home. Consider changing out-dated overhead lights with modern, sculptural light fixtures that speak to your decor. Be sure to include a layered lighting design in every room, where the lighting can be altered depending on the mood you are going for. Dimmers are the key to mood lighting.
Then add lamps to your side tables. Remember, hotels usually have some semblance of matching side lamps on either side of a sofa or bed. They add a nice hint of glamour.
If budget allows, then hire an electrician to add wall sconces and lights over your artwork. These two fixture styles add the final luxe look that every 5-star luxury hotel offers. To add even more lighting in your home, consider floor to ceiling windows.
Avoid Clutter With a Well-Organised Space
Spaces— no matter how big or small— are always well-organised in a luxury hotel. It’s important to keep things simple. Nothing is too fancy or too show, it’s all about the little details. They’re almost never cluttered. This can be something that can be difficult to achieve in your own home.
You may not have a designer to arrange the space in your home, but you can certainly take a cue from them. Skim through design magazines and look at all the wonderful nooks and crannies that they portray.
You will notice that when a room is well-designed, everything has a home and purpose. Choose your décor pieces wisely, then get yourself some clever storage solutions and hide away all your clutter for a spacious and simple living space.
Use baskets and decorative bowls to hide the clutter. Shelves are used to display collections. Side tables hold pretty vases and lamps. Chairs are set up in groupings for conversations.
Luxe-Up With Flowers & Greenery
As touched upon above, flowers and greenery are a key element to add to all your hotel-like rooms. Elegant, aromatic arrangements can be found in every room of a high-end hotel.
One thing about luxury hotels is when you walk in and there’s usually an enormous display of fresh flowers that fill the lobby with an incredible smell. It’s a small trick that will make a huge impact on how homey and elegant your place feels. (Admittedly, they’re not so great for hay fever sufferers!)
Though, it can be daunting and expensive to try and always maintain a home full of fresh-cut floral bouquets. On a budget, you can still easily attain this green aesthetic by simply adding some house plants.
If your thumb is far from green and the thought of house plants sends you running, then consider adding elements of nature into every room of your home. That is a sure-fire way to luxe-up your lifestyle.
Create a Layered Look With Rugs
Luxury hotel rooms are typically designed in a layered manner. The main flooring is usually marble or hardwood. Then layered upon that are plush and shaggy rugs that are placed centre-stage within seating areas and entryways.
Give your home a custom look by using rugs on the floor is a simple way to instantly create visual intrigue. They will inject your room with a unique element and will personalise your space.
If you find the perfect soft, fluffy rug you love, you could buy a few and place them around the sides of your bed. Remember that you will usually be standing on this rug with bare feet, so the softer (and the fluffier), the better!
Adding a rug to a space can also bring an entire room together. Do make sure your rugs are always clean and presentable though, to prevent odours, allergies, and embarrassments! Tips on choosing the right rug for each room can be found here.
Recreate & Pamper Yourself Like a Luxury Hotel
It may not be affordable to add a luxury indoor swimming pool and sauna room, but we can still try to mimic the recreational style of a luxury hotel.
All hotels obviously have a pool, sauna, games room and gym. If budget is not a concern, then consider adding an in-home sauna or gaming room. This would be the ultimate way to unwind at the end of a hard day!
If this is not possible, then consider simply creating a home gym. It can be as simple as a treadmill that is well-positioned in front of a TV. You could also create a spa space where you can unwind or do yoga. Add candles, cosy pillows, and a soft mat for stretching or meditating.
Mimicking a luxury hotel inside your own home can be done. Whether budget is a concern or not, it is worth the small expense to add glamour to your home — especially the bedroom and bathroom.
A great hotel acts as a relaxing retreat —one that you have spent your hard-earned money on. Why not spend your money creating an escape in your very own home. An escape that you can use every day — not just one week out of the year. It’s not about the amount of money you spend, rather the way you pull all your rooms together.
Do you have ways to make your home feel like a luxury hotel? OR What’s your favourite part of a hotel stay? We’d love to know! Let’s talk luxury living in the comments below!