The best boutique-style hotels are the epitome of sophistication and packed with decorating details designed to refresh and pamper you. If you want to create this elegant, cocoon-like feel at home, there are some tricks of the trade you need to learn.
Capitalize on Cushions
Mix up the textures on your bed and go for the highest quality possible. Think 400-thread sheets in linen or Italian cotton. Go for as many pillows as possible, at least four, or large European pillows.
A monochromic scheme is often used in hotel rooms to set a quiet, sophisticated tone. To create that at home, pick one primary color and one related coordinating color. For a cocoon-like effect, paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or a 20 percent toned-down version of the wall shade.
The best hotel rooms invite you to immediately plop down and relax. They do that with functional, comfy and stylish furnishings. An easy to emulate look is the padded headboard, perfect for propping up to read or watch TV. But what good is it if you have no place for your drink? Nightstands, matching or otherwise, are a must for either side of the bed. A bench at the foot of the bed is also a nice touch, anchoring the bed and providing a place to sit to put on shoes.
If there’s room for a seating area, a chaise longue like the one pictured is a great option. Or try a couple of upholstered chairs facing each other, with a large fabric ottoman between them. Each chair should have a small table within reach for a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Upholster your seating in neutral solids that match your backdrop color.
Lighting in a bedroom is often overlooked. To create the best light, include multiple layers operating on separate dimmer switches. You’ll need bedside reading lamps, a beautiful statement piece—such as an elegant overhead chandelier, some wall sconces and a chair-side lamp or two in the seating area. The layers add dimension and drama so you can adjust the mood.
Hardwood is rarely the star in a boutique hotel room that’s aiming to scoop you up and soothe you. Likewise, your bedroom flooring should be soft and inviting. If you do have hardwood, choose a rug that’s comfortable, such as shag. For wall-to-wall, go for sumptuous, deep-pile carpet in a neutral shade. If the master bedroom is open to the sitting area, it’s nice to tie it together with two matching rugs such as the ones pictured above.
Surround yourself with luxurous accents that will make you feel pampered. On your nightstand, set a beautiful crystal carafe for water, or fresh flowers to provide a splash of color and a natural scent. Hang artwork that’s personal, depicting someplace you’ve been or another expression of yourself. Asian-inspired wall hangings and gorgeous glass sculptures bring a sophisticated feeling to the master bedroom pictured. A stack of books, a scented candle and a framed picture can help complete the look.