7 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like a Boutique Hotel
There are few things in life that feel quite as indulgent as staying at a luxe boutique hotel. Somehow those hotel beds always manage to feel like a fluffy cloud and the sheets feel as soft as spun silk. And don't even get me started on the bathrobes.
Transitional Master Bedroom With Luxe Bed
A contemporary upholstered bed with lots of pillows looks right at home amid lush curtains and soft white linens in this inviting master bedroom.
But you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars or hop on a plane to experience the magic of your favorite hotel room. There are a few easy things you can do to recreate the same luxurious vibe in your own bedroom...and it all starts with the sheets.
Gold Encrusted Master Bed
Trying to find a bed that was a centerpiece without being overwhelming was a challenge but designer Kim Scodro was able to settle on this 24k gold encrusted bed. Subtle hints of gold give it enough sheen to call the eye without being over the top.
The easiest way to snazz up your bedroom is to outfit your bed with a gorgeous set of sheets. To keep the hotel room look, go for a crisp, white set of sheets that are at least 300 thread count. Hotel rooms tend to use sateen or percale sheets, but you should choose the material that feels most comfortable to you.
If you want to splurge, you can have your sheets professionally laundered, so they come home nice and pressed. And if you find a brand of linens that you truly love, consider purchasing two or three sets so you always have them on hand.
If Your Style is Bright & Girly
If you're interested in feminine style that's not stuffy, super traditional or too grown-up, then you may want bedding filled with vibrant florals. To add a young and girly look to this bed, a duvet featuring a large-scale botanical print with bold orange and blue was layered with a variety of bright throw pillows. To keep the feminine look fresh, stick with super-saturated tones, like hot pink, tangerine and aqua, instead of muted colors or pastels.
If Your Style is Cottage Casual
A popular fit for bungalows, cabins and coastal homes, cottage-casual style is all about super comfy textures, forgiving fabrics and a no-fuss vibe. Washed denim is an excellent duvet choice for cottage-casual beds. When mixed with nubby fabrics, such as basketweave wool or stonewashed linen, a bed can become timeless, as well as gender neutral.
If Your Style is Vintage Americana
Loved by men, women, boys and girls, the vintage-Americana look is characterized by worn textures, a touch of farmhouse style and a mix of both old and new elements. This look demonstrates the more masculine side of vintage Americana with its navy, washed-linen duvet, check and gingham fabrics and faded red throw. Accessories, such as vintage 35mm cameras and industrial table fans, help bring this look to life.
If Your Style is Understated
Although highly regarded by interior designers for longevity and simplicity, an understated bedroom ensemble is far from easy to achieve. The key to the less-is-more approach is a well-edited mix of stitching, fabrics and accessories with sculptural shapes. Here, a blend of white bedding in casual, breathable fabrics mixed with clean, contemporary lines and rustic textures strikes the perfect balance of visual tension.
If Your Style is Bohemian
Bohemian bedrooms are a perfect fit for those who like an unstructured, handmade vibe packed with pops of color, quirky patterns and global influence. To dress up this bed with bohemian style, a lightweight tapestry was draped over the headboard and layered with a bright orange, knit throw. A mix of ethnic prints on the pillows adds a cooler touch of saturated pink, while stacks of vintage books bring a collected addition to the console table.
If Your Style is Rustic Modern
If you're a fan of farmhouse style but also prefer the clean lines of contemporary design, rustic modern may be right up your alley. This bed's rustic-modern charm stems from a nubby, knotted throw draped over the headboard, a mix of earth-toned linens and tons of coarse textures seen in the rope accessory and wool ottoman.
You'll notice that almost all hotel rooms have lamps or sconces on either side of the bed. This always helps pull the room together visually and also allows you to turn off the overhead light and create a warm and cozy mood in your space. Sconces tend to look better in matched pairs, but lamps can easily be mixed and matched.
If you already have lamps or sconces but don't feel like the lighting is quite right, try lower wattage or even a soft color like pink.
Wall sconces, whether modern or antique-inspired, are a gorgeous way to frame a bed. The designers at Rethink Design Studio wanted to enhance the contemporary yet romantic feel of this master bedroom by focusing on the light sources. The mirrored sconces provide a sleek and simple decorative element and allow the nightstand to display fresh flowers and decorative accents instead of a bulky light fixture.
To create a clean, balanced look with a touch of eclectic flair, symmetry is key. Jamie Laubhan-Oliver of D Home suggests buying bedside lamps, nightstands and coordinating accessories in pairs. "Since I tend to decorate in a very eclectic style, duplicates of items help to keep it from looking chaotic," she says regarding her master bedroom style. In her antique-inspired retreat, Jamie uses a matching pair of metallic table lamps and an elegant crystal chandelier as the room's primary light sources. "Chandeliers are the jewelry of your home; whether small or large, they add drama to any room." Photography by Manny Rodriguez
The regal purple headboard and bedding are certainly gorgeous, but the most eye-catching and dramatic elements of this master bedroom are the gold-accented pendant lights suspended above the nightstands. "They are functional, dramatic and keep the top of the nightstand free for other items," designer Peg Berens says. "For ease of use, the fixtures can be turned on and off by a small remote control kept in each nightstand drawer." The fixtures are convenient but can also be dimmed to instantly alter the mood of the room. Design by Peg Berens of Peg Berens Interior Design LLC. Photography by Robert Naik Photography
When choosing lighting for your bedroom, remember that beyond serving an obvious function, it can also provide a stunning accent within the space. Designer Pierre Jean-Baptiste suggests choosing one primary source of lighting and then choosing smaller fixtures for soft additional lighting. "Each light can be used for a specific task or in conjunction to set the mood of the room," he says. Plus, you can easily alter the tone of the room by using a dimmer on the main source of lighting. "This gives you flexibility on those early mornings when the full light may be too bright, but if dimmers aren't an option, try a three-way bulb the varied wattages will allow you to create the mood you want without changing out your switch." Design by Pierre Jean-Baptiste of Pierre Jean-Baptiste Interiors
For those who prefer to read and work in bed, task lighting is for you. This type of lighting includes any fixtures, such as table lamps and swing-arm lamps, that are primarily used to illuminate a specific area or task. This sleek, arched floor lamp provides a high light level perfect for nighttime reading. And when you're not working, you can use a dimmer to control its brightness. Photo courtesy of Selva
Mix It Up
In a large bedroom with a lot of decorative eye candy, coordinating different types of lighting can enhance certain areas of the room without washing it out. To really illuminate this exotic master bedroom, designer Christopher Grubb installed various light fixtures with different tasks in mind. The recessed accent lights bring the focus to the tapestries and wall art, while recessed can lights around the room provide the most lighting possible while also opening up the space. Although there are lights placed directly above the bed for reading, the matching table lamps can also be used as task lighting when the can lights feel too harsh.
To create a modern look in your bedroom that also saves space, hang low-watt pendant light fixtures from the ceiling right above your nightstands. To add even more interest to the space, hang the fixtures at different heights. The pendants offer a soft, soothing source of light and provide a contemporary decorative element. Since these won't completely light up the room on their own, add complementary light sources, like a table lamp across the room. Photo courtesy of Lexington Home Brands
A separate seating area is the perfect place for an illuminating light fixture of its own. Despite the dark navy draperies and walls, this elegant lounging spot has plenty of light for reading. When natural light isn't an option, the swing-arm floor lamp provides the perfect amount of light. To ensure this dark room doesn't feel cold and dark, designer Jennifer Duneier used white accents to brighten up the space, as well as a crisp, white lampshade to guarantee the fixture emits as much light as possible.
To provide a sense of ambiance and sensuality, various types of lighting were used throughout this guest bedroom and bathroom suite. Designer Amélie de Gaulle placed accent lights above the bed to enhance the Bhutanese fabric artwork and also to provide the best light source for reading. Three pendant lights in the bathroom provide a form of task lighting while also illuminating the adjacent bedroom area. And an unexpected form of lighting comes from the antique Chinese silk screen lit from behind with a hidden fluorescent fixture. Design by Amélie de Gaulle of Amélie de Gaulle Interiors
Evenly spaced recessed can lights truly enhance the gold and metallic hues of this luxurious master bedroom. For additional lighting, four table lamps deliver focused task lighting around the bed and dressers. Plus, dark floor-to-ceiling draperies make it easy to shield the natural light from the window and quickly set the mood. "Think boutique hotel rooms with blackout curtains; augment with a myriad of light sources on dimmers, of course. It'll always feel like you're on vacation at home," says Jamie Laubhan-Oliver.
There's no better way to spice up an elevated floor and remind yourself and guests that it's there quite like the addition of rope lighting. Tucked under the underside of the raised floor, the rope stretches all the way across the room, creating a unique glow. The details and creative elements of the space are enhanced with the use of several different light sources: framing wall sconces, hanging pendants, recessed can lights, table lamps and a hidden fixture within the headboard.
An advantage of installing recessed "eyeball" lights is the ease with which they can be focused on any part of the room you're trying to draw attention. In this rich bedroom retreat, smaller recessed lights are used around the entire room, along with hidden accent lights above the headboard and antique bedside sconces to create a soft, ambient feel.
Layered Rugs in a Contemporary Bedroom
Layered rugs, a hallmark of contemporary design, are a stylish touch in this serene bedroom. The small tulip table tucked beside the bed is a modern accent, in addition to the white globe light. Neutral bed linens and pale gray walls keep the look understated yet inviting.
The perfect soft, fluffy rug might even make you forget that you don't yet have the sheets you've been coveting or the perfect lighting setup. If you find a small rug that you love, like sheepskin, you could buy a few and place them around each of the three 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.
A rug may be considered an accessory, but it can be the foundation of a gorgeous space. Designer Amy Bubier suggests getting the rug first. "Often, rugs are the more limiting piece when it comes to pattern, color and what fits into your budget, so you may want to start with the rug design and move on to the fabrics and paint from there," she says. Designer David Scott says an area rug should be the "soul of your room," and the "color scheme, furniture placement and accessories should all connect back to it."
Children and pets will certainly bring quick wear and tear to an area rug, so keep this in mind when deciding what colors and particularly what fabric to use. According to designer David Scott, "the number one rule of decorating with area rugs is to purchase the rug with your lifestyle in mind. If you have pets and young kids, be sure to use wool rugs that can clean easily and have some pattern to hide the inevitable signs of life — stains, shedding, hair and spills."
Designer Celia Berliner suggests making the size of the area rug slightly smaller than the area covered by the furniture. It should be "large enough to anchor and support the gathering space, yet it should free enough flooring around for the circulation flow," she says. Designer Jennifer Duneier says the size of the area rug depends on the furniture layout. She prefers the front two legs of the sofas or chairs be placed on the area rug.
Be daring and break out of your decorating comfort zone. Designer Andreea Avram Rusu believes a good rug can anchor the entire composition of a room. An area rug "can either bring something unexpected or add a jolt of color," she says. "Don't be afraid to use a bold color or rich pattern." Against white walls, floors and chairs, this zebra-inspired rug adds a shock of color and becomes the room's focal point.
Neutral walls and furnishings allow a bold rug to take center stage. "It is a nice way to add color to a room if you don't want to commit to a strong color on the furnishings or window treatments," designer Jennifer Duneier says. "It warms up the room and can define different spaces within a larger room." The sitting area is separated by an extra-colorful area rug in this spacious playroom.
All Shapes and Sizes
Stuck with a long, narrow living room? Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes, and there's one for every space. Designer Andreea Avram Rusu says that an area rug's shape should depend on the furniture and the shape and size of the room. In dining rooms she suggests using a rectangular rug with a long table, a hexagonal rug with a square table and a round rug with a round table. She uses a rectangular area rug in this living room to mirror the long shape of the space.
Don't limit your space to just one rug. In this yoga studio and lounge, designer Andreas Charalambous and FORMA Design used two rugs to define the separate areas in this ultra-large space. Make sure the two rugs complement and coordinate with each other. Designer Celia Berliner says multiple rugs are only OK in large rooms. "If you have a very large room, the placement of rugs will create and define multiple alternative spaces that will punctuate the space and bring harmony and unity to the overall design," she says.
Designer Celia Berliner uses a neutral rug to tone down the vibrant sofa and tables. The subtle red pattern of the rug adds to the modernity of the space and reflects the color scheme. "The area rug can be used as an instrument by bringing unity to the color scheme or by creating the mood and adding character to a space," she says.
When adding an area rug to a room, don't completely cover the floor. "Make sure you leave some of the flooring showing — I usually come in about nine inches from the baseboard if I am making a custom area rug," designer Jennifer Duneier says. To expose the floor underneath the rug and present a border, designer David Scott suggests subtracting up to 12 inches from the baseboards.
Underneath It All
For designer David Scott, the more the merrier. No place is off limits when it comes to using area rugs. "The key is to use a non-skid rug pad underneath to keep them in place," he says. "Size the rug pad two inches smaller than the rug, so it doesn't peek out and will allow the rug ends to lay flat."
To designer Amy Bubier, area rugs are crucial especially to one specific area — the living room. "The room that is a focal point in the home, or a room where the most time is spent with family and friends is a great place for an area rug because it adds instant comfort and sound deadening," she says. Design by Lori Dennis
Dining areas and tables provide the perfect space for a unique area rug. Designer Andreas Charalambous and FORMA Design define the table and seating area in this bachelor-pad game room with a modern, custom-made wool and silk area rug. "The sunlight hits the rug at different angles during the day, and the silk portions reflect the light differently making the area rug an ever-changing piece of art on the floor," he says.
Goodbye Cold Feet
Designer Andreea Avram Rusu uses a neutral rug to tone down the colorful bedding and window treatments in this modern bedroom. Andreea likes using area rugs in bedrooms to "accentuate a sense of tranquility." Designer Jennifer Duneier's favorite spot to insert a rug is also under a bed to avoid hopping onto a cold floor.
This home office is bursting with creativity. Designer Celia Berliner suggests adding a fun area rug to a home-office space for an extra punch of inspiration and artistic flow. "If you need a pop of color or a hint of texture, consider adding some under-footing to the space — rugs can add mood, comfort, warmth and character to a room," she says.
Try a daring new trend — layering rugs. "Layering can be a fun way to bring in multiple colors and textures — they just have to work together and connect with the furniture pieces," designer Amy Bubier says. Make sure the layering effect is visible by allowing the bottom rug to poke out from underneath the top rug. Photo courtesy of Nicole Gibbons
Luxury hotels spend a lot of time thinking through the pillow combinations on their beds. Oftentimes you'll see large, square pillows, or Euro pillows, anchoring the back of your hotel bed. They offer visual impact but are functional, too.
These pillows are the ones I always grab when I want to zone out in bed and watch a movie or get lost in a book. They let you lean back and get super comfy without having to lay down in bed. While they do require specially-sized pillowcases, they do an amazing job of helping make your bed look (and feel!) super luxe, so they're worth a bit of extra effort.
Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone
The Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone has a sleek design, yet with a vintage sound even great-aunt Sylvie would approve of. The Bluetooth 4.0-enabled speaker has a range of 30 feet and a battery life of 15 hours, so if you Lindy Hop across the room, you can still control the music.
Another great way to up the luxe factor in your bedroom is to add a wireless speaker. This is also a good option if you don't have a TV (or want to ditch your TV). These speakers sync up with your phone or computer and allow you to listen to music, podcasts or even books.
Trick Out Your Bedside Table
Unique Nightstand in Master Retreat
A unique nightstand adds character and dimension to this bedside space. Atop, muted pops of color bring a lively feel to the space with the natural light illuminating each feature.
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Hotels always have ample room to keep all of your stuff handy, especially on the bedside table. If you're lucky enough to have room for a bedside table, set it up in a way that works for you and helps bring the most luxe into your life.
If you love creams and lotions, keep your favorite hand cream nearby so you can always grab it, and if you love to read, keep a stack of your favorite books or magazines on hand along with a special reading light. Having the things you love most nearby will always make your bedroom feel like a special spot.
"In a small space it's critical to maximize every square inch," says designer Frances Herrera. "To make a space feel grand and luxurious, we love using multipurpose furniture. For example, a beautiful desk can become a nightstand that offers storage, a chic place to put on your makeup and a cozy work area."
Put Built-Ins to Work
In this basement family room, a storage wall transforms into a welcoming guest room in a snap thanks to a built-in Murphy bed. "We designed the room to accommodate the family and their guests," says designer Laura Stein. "Night-table trays pull out of the custom built-ins to hold a lamp and small essentials, like a glass of water, leaving plenty of floor space."
Opt for Form and Function
In tight quarters, everything should be useful and beautiful — even the bedside table. "This nightstand is actually an accordion case sitting on top of a stool," says designer Killy Scheer. "We lived in a tiny apartment, so storage was limited. We needed to keep my husband's accordion safe but accessible. The case was handsome, so rather than purchase a nightstand, I plopped the case on the stool and dressed it up with the lamp, tray and fresh flowers, which were easy to remove when we needed to access the accordion."
When the bed commands the only wall available for storage, you have to make careful decisions. "I designed these nightstands and had them custom-made for my client," says designer Lana Lounsbury. "The upper sections hold books, and the lower cabinets have drawers and cupboards — a great way to add storage in a room with limited closet space."
Spice Things Up With a Skirt
A beautiful table skirt can hide a multitude of style sins, such as camouflaging a practical file-cabinet, or dressing up a perfectly sized — but perfectly ugly — flea market find. Plus, the right fabric will add visual interest, says designer Margaret Donaldson. "In this bedroom, we chose skirted bedside tables to soften the richness of the headboard and to add some color and pattern to the room."
Elevate Everyday Objects
Unexpected items can add personality and a playful energy to the bedroom, not to mention plenty of practical storage. For his own first house, designer Tommy Chambers adapted a classic Craftsman tool chest, building a simple alderwood base himself to raise it to a more convenient bedside level. "The splash of color is great," he says, "and I love the nostalgic element of this common item from my childhood."
A small dresser or chest is easy to adapt as a bedside table. When selecting one, remember proportion, say designers Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona. "Keep the scale of the lamp you'll use in mind. We really love bold lamps, and if you use one you'll need a chest or table large enough to hold it." Also, consider personalizing the furniture piece. "We'll replace the hardware with something really unique. There are so many sources where you can find great 'jewelry' for your drawers and doors."
Feminine + Functional
"I love to use pieces of furniture that have other uses, such as desks and dressing tables, as bedside tables," says designer Nicole Benveniste. "Here we matched a small desk with a luxurious mirror, vintage lamp and upholstered stool to give it a very feminine and chic look that fits my client's personality perfectly. She can put on her jewelry here before going out for the evening, write a thank you note and keep a stack of favorite books for nighttime reading."
Big Can Be Beautiful
Even in a light, feminine space, it can be a mistake to go too delicate beside the bed. "Choose a nightstand that has some weight, like a chest of drawers," says designer Cortney Bishop. "That way, cords from lamps, phones and clocks stay hidden behind the piece — and you'll have room inside the drawers for overflow and necessities like chargers."
A pair of sleek nightstands can update your existing, traditional bed. A mirrored finish reflects light into a dark space and lends a modern edge, while repeating the composition on both sides creates a classic framework for the bed. "The mirrored nightstands and matching table lamps add symmetry to this room," notes designer Ammie Kim.
For a truly luxe indulgence, get yourself a plush bathrobe. If you have a favorite from a particular hotel, you can often purchase it directly from the hotel and have it charged to your room (or if you're still lusting after a robe from a previous trip, call the hotel to see if they can send you one). This sort of a splurge will help you bring that same vacation vibe home and will keep the memories alive from your special trip.
Try Dark Hues
While light colors are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber. The plush bed linens in this ultra-dark space add a nice contrast and look like the ideal spot to cuddle up in this cozy black bedroom.
Whether your bedroom is covered in carpet or hardwood, rugs are a great way to add color, texture and of course, warmth underfoot. Try layering rugs in different shapes and patterns for an extra-comfy look.
Add a Personal Touch
Simple DIY touches can make any bedroom a cozier place to be. Here, a nightstand made from a vintage suitcase adds personality with a nice lived-in vibe.
Choose the Right Pieces
Warm wooden accents and a vase filled with fresh blooms come together in this peaceful space to create a nature-lover’s paradise. With a stack of books placed on the nightstand shelf, you may never have to leave this restful oasis.
Make Use of Texture
In this soft, inviting space, a delicate mix of texture subtly adds depth and interest in a neutral space. From the textural wallpaper to the herringbone-patterned floor, this sweet bedroom would be the ideal spot to curl up with a good book.
Blend Old and New
By mixing old and new styles, you can keep your bedroom from looking stale and instead make it look all your own. Here, a unique nightstand with a Singer base makes a statement against a gorgeous herringbone-patterned floor and mint bed.
Pile on the Pillows
What’s more cozy than a huge pile of fluffy pillows? Mix and match and never be afraid to add too many. The more the better when it comes to creating a super-comfy look.
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Add Ceiling Beams
Adding wooden ceiling beams may be a bigger project than tossing a few throw pillows on the bed, but it is one that will definitely pay off in the cozy department. Wooden accents add warmth to a space, and wooden ceiling beams are a smart architectural way to add the look without taking up space.
Create a Reading Nook
A window seat is a great place to cuddle up and read or just enjoy the view. But sometimes, adding a window seat can be a costly endeavor. Instead, try creating a quiet nook in your bedroom for a similar effect.
Put in a Faux Fireplace
A bedroom fireplace adds instant warmth, but when it’s too expensive to add the real thing, a shabby-chic faux fireplace may do the trick. This adorable example from HGTV’s Fixer Upper proves it doesn’t take big bucks to create a cozy space.
An unexpected mix of patterns can create a homey look in any size bedroom. In this sweet space, a cohesive color palette pulls the patterns together, keeping the look subtle and seamless.
Place Furniture Strategically
Where you place your furniture makes a huge difference. When creating a seating nook, place chairs facing each other. This arrangement brings a conversational and intimate feel to your bedroom even if you're the only one utilizing the space.
Add Some Privacy
Sure, floor-to-ceiling draperies can be expensive (especially if they aren't DIY), but you'll keep them for years to come. Purchase neutral window treatments, so they match your room's style no matter how many times you change your bedroom's look.
Decorate in All White
Many believe an all-white room is stark and stale, but decorating in this color can make you feel as though you're at the spa. Plus, it's like sleeping on a cloud.
Don't Forget the Foot of the Bed
If you have the space, place some furniture at the food of the bed. Whether you choose one large piece or a couple small pieces, display something that acts as extra storage and is upholstered in a lush fabric.
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Invest in Good Bedding
Aside from window treatments, bedding is the best thing to spend your money on. Choose soft, high-quality fabrics — you won't be sorry.