Hotels need to create a stylish space with mass appeal and a luxurious feel – so we’ll be happy to pay to stay there and want to return! Let’s benefit from their design ingenuity to create equally enticing homes….
Hotel designers generally choose a neutral colour scheme – white and grey for cool sophistication, or chocolate and ivory for warm, timeless appeal. It’s a great option in combination with solid wood furniture; neutral tones won’t clash with your choice of timber.
At home you may prefer to add to a neutral palette with an accent wall in your favourite colour. If you select a neutral backdrop and accessorise with a more vibrant colour your scheme will have the perfect combination of personality and longevity. It makes financial sense too – if your favourite colour changes with fashion then it won’t be too expensive to just update the accent colour within your scheme. Throws, cushions, quilts and bedding can be a great way to add some colour. However to keep that hotel-chic look just pick a single accent colour as it’s important to…
Keep it Simple!
Plain walls, blinds and curtains will help achieve a sophisticated look. A textured wool throw, patterned quilt, embroidered cushion or decorative bedside lamp will add some interest to your scheme.
A couple of exotic pieces in the style of Kelly Hoppen – a Buddha statue, potted orchid or carved candle holder –suggests the luxury of far-away stays.
A statement solid wooden bed with matching bedside tables will create a stylish focal point. Or select an upholstered headboard in a plain fabric to match your scheme. Restraint when adding accessories or additional colours will pay off in the end, resulting in a coherent overall look.
Generally we only stay in hotels for a few days to a couple of weeks, so hotel rooms don’t require anywhere near the same amount of storage as we do at home. This makes it much easier to achieve a look of stylish minimalism that we may find much harder to maintain in our own bedrooms.
Here we need to think about clever storage solutions from under-bed drawers to built-in wardrobes. Keep the designs simple and subtle (plain white doors and drawers in a white bedroom, oak doors against a taupe wall colour), so the focus of the room remains a cosy, elegant bed.
Bedside tables with a storage drawer will help keep the surface clear from books, magazines, keys and tissues. An end-of-bed bench or blanket box will help you store extra bedding or shoes and slippers.
Luxury accessories help complete the look. A scented candle by your bedside and a couple of soft wool throws over the end of your bed will help you achieve a sophisticated, luxurious look. Fresh flowers and a carafe and tumbler are perfect finishing touches. Now all you’re missing is room service!
About the Author
Caro Whiteside is the resident blogger, stylist and sales manager for Natural Bed Company. Natural Bed Company have been buying, making and supplying mattresses since 1974, along with designing and making solid wood beds at their workshop in Sheffield.
Take a look at the Natural Bed Company ‘Hotel Chic’ Pinterest board for further inspiration – http://www.pinterest.com/naturalbed/hotel-chic/