Staying in a hotel room is always a treat – there’s something about this crisp, clean space which makes you feel pampered, well-rested, and just a little bit VIP. Want to continue that blissful feeling when you get home? Follow these five steps to recreate hotel living at home…
Step One: Form follows function
The primary rule of creating a pleasant space is that form should follow function – a space should be designed to suit its purpose. Related to this architectural and interior design principle is the maxim: ornament is a crime. In other words, unnecessary knick-knacks which serve no purpose have no place in a beautiful space.
Hotel rooms adhere to these simple tenets by creating spaces geared solely towards rest and relaxation – everything in the room is focused primarily on this singular purpose and everything which is superfluous to this aim is omitted.
There’s always a good flow of space in a hotel room – everything has its place, and the bed is central to the room.
Step Two: Tidy up
Hotel rooms emphasise serenity, order, and calmness. The key to achieving this clean, fresh look and feel is to declutter:
- Remove everything which doesn’t belong in the room
- Ask yourself if you really need an item; if you don’t, chuck it
- Keep the minimum on display – pack everyday items into storage bins and baskets and store out of sight
- ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ as the adage goes – ensure that your things are neatly put back where they belong after use
- Keep up with it – declutter at least once a year to prevent build-up of unnecessary items.
Hotel rooms have a knack for luxury. This pampering comes from the soft furnishings and little touches which help guests feel indulged and spoiled. When it comes to weaving a little hotel magic into your own home, the bedroom and bathroom are good places to start. Think:
- Goose feather pillows
- Crisp Egyptian cotton linen
- Cushions piled high on a king-sized bed
- Soft, high quality towels
- Lavish toweling bath robes and slippers
- Plush armchairs placed in snug corners
- Baskets of luxury bath goodies, hand and body lotions, and chocolates or a bowl of yummy treats on hand.
TIP: Muted, neutral shades – white, cream and beige – help impart a sense of cool serenity and timeless elegance.
Step Four: Lighting
Lighting is atmospheric – it’s how hotel rooms achieve that warm and inviting glow – so give this detail considerable thought. Let the sunshine in – during daylight hours, nothing beats a stream of glorious sunshine lighting up a room.
At night, don’t just turn the wall or ceiling lights on bright – rather make use of lamps and dimmer switches to create softer ambient lighting.
TIP: Also pay attention to window treatments – properly done, curtains and blinds can let just the right amount of light in during the day and provide complete hotel-style block-out at night.
One of the very nicest features of a good hotel room is fresh flowers in pretty vases. Pay attention to both the type of flowers and the containers you choose:
- Crystal and glass vases create an elegant, formal feel
- Terracotta and pottery vases are more casual
- A narrow opening will help flowers stand up straight and tall – good for structured, formal arrangements
- A wider opening will let flowers settle comfortable into a more organic shape – good for informal, country arrangements
- Formal arrangements make an elegant statement. Use roses, lilies or carnations and stick to one or two complementary colours.
- Informal arrangements have a relaxed and happy feel to them. Use wildflowers and country flowers in a variety of colours.
Do you feel like a VIP in your own home? What tips and tricks have you learnt to create that hotel room luxury feel?