You don't have to travel far to enjoy the comforts of a 5-star hotel. Create your own at-home bedroom getaway with inspiration from these chic hotel-style boudoirs.
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. This bed is layered with plush pillows of various sizes, for example. Mix up the textures on your bed and go for the highest quality possible. Think 400-thread sheets in linen or Italian cotton and as many pillows as possible, at least four sleeping pillows or other large European pillows. The key: Keep the room’s look neutral and elegant a la Armani. 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. And to create a cocoon-like effect, paint the ceiling same color as the walls or a 20 percent toned-down version of the wall shade.
(Photo by Marcus Hanschen)
The best hotel rooms invite you to immediately plop down and relax. They do that with furnishings that are functional, comfy and stylish. A popular look that’s easy to emulate is the big padded headboard, perfect for propping up to read or watch TV. But what good is it if you’re propped up and have no place for your drink? Nightstands, matching or otherwise, are a must for either side of the bed. 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 in neutral solids that match your backdrop color. And a bench at the bottom of the bed is also a nice touch, anchoring the bed and providing a place to sit to put on shoes.
Lighting in a bedroom is often overlooked. Best bets include multiple layers operating on separate dimmer switches. You’ll need bedside reading lamps, perhaps 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. A combination of recessed bulbs and floor and table lamps wash the pictured room in soft light. A big un-chic don’t: a light on a ceiling fan, which casts a harsh, glaring light. Very unsexy.
Hardwood is rarely a 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 by adding one big area rug, such as the stunning Oriental rug that sets the tone for the inviting Old World bedroom suite pictured. Don’t be afraid to put area rugs on top of wall-to-wall carpet for added plush texture.
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Surround yourself with beautiful 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 something else that’s an expression of yourself. Asian-inspired wall hangings and gorgeous glass art bring a sophisticated feeling to the master bedroom pictured. A stack of books, a scented candle and a framed picture or two on night tables can complete the look.
(Jennifer Nelson writes about health, fitness, lifestyles and homes.)