25 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Look Like a Luxury Hotel Room

Get the feel of a chic urban boutique, elegant escape or countryside resort with these simple tips from designers.

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October 14, 2016

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Dreamy Drapery

Channel the vibe of a modern bed & breakfast with sophisticated, no-frills drapery used in an unpredictable way. Install curtain rods onto the ceiling to create a soft wall of fabric around the bed, which adds height and intimacy, says Alice Cramer, an Atlanta interior designer.

Cozy Glow

Install a sleek sconce on the side of the bed, instead of cramming a lamp onto a small side table, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Sconces may feature swing arms or other ways to change the direction of the light, which helps create a comfortable environment for nighttime reading. A wire basket below a bedside table provides additional, yet stylish, storage.

Lush Layers

A wallpaper accent wall brings elegance into this bedroom. Atlanta designers Cate Dunning and Lathem Gordon suggest layering a duvet and coverlet for a more luxurious look. Having one “boom-pow” statement pillow can make a big style difference, too.

Clean Palette

“Use white as a unifying element when mixing antiques,” suggests author Susan Sully. This homeowner had a variety of antiques of different styles and from various countries. To dial down the formality of the room, the homeowner left the frame over the bed uncovered and stuck to a clean, white color palette. The result is a calming room that feels both eclectic and cohesive at the same time. 

Asian Inspiration

If you have a built-in niche or desk, or even a simple bookshelf, you can replicate this look from Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Tuck a low-profile chair, which you can find by shopping vintage or repurposing stores in person or online, under the desk. Then, create a timeless display on the shelves or desktop. Chinoiserie is all the rage right now and doesn’t have to be a splurge, because replicas are available at discount home goods stores or sites such as eBay, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle

Old-Fashioned Finds

Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says author Susan Sully. The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel. 

Curtains and More

Dress up four poster beds with bed curtains and tassels, suggests Susan Sully, author of Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques. “I thought this idea of putting a framed print on top of the curtains was really elegant,” Sully says. She suggests keeping all the decor in one color tone, but varying the patterns. 

Bedside Glam

Pile on the pattern. Here, Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily layers decorative boxes, a lamp and geometric-shaped accessories for a chic, upmarket result. Group patterns by style, shape and function for added effect.

Pillows and Throws

Texture can transform a bed from sleepy to sexy. Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily combines affordable metallic pillows of various textures with a plush throw to reproduce the luxurious beds found in boutique urban hotel rooms.

Desk Update

When including a work space in your bedroom, forget the basic boring desk that’s often part of a hotel suite. This glass-topped desk was an outlet find by Atlanta designer Michelle Mentzer, who paired it with an acrylic Z-shaped accent table from an antiques store. She also saved on the metallic lamp, mirror and glitzy accessories at a home decor discount store.

Above the Headboard Hack

To create an architectural element worthy of a luxury hotel, Atlanta designer Rachel Greathouse started with a $30 mirror at a flea market. She painted the four-paned frame in a gloss that matched the wall color, and then hung the mirror at a 45 degree angle for an interesting visual effect. From its place above the bed, the mirror has the appearance of a diamond-shaped window because it reflects the windows on the opposite wall.

Metallic Pops

Metallic finishes and artwork can transform a bedroom from blah to breathtaking, recreating the mood of a boutique hotel. Atlanta designer Michelle Mentzer used framed landscapes, a gold-framed geometric mirror from a home decor discount store, a ceramic stool and a chest with mirrored drawers to reflect the look of today’s luxury hotels in this bedroom. 

Warm Modern

Take a cue from West Elm, the modern furniture and home decor retailer, which plans to open its own brand of hotels, West Elm Hotels. Its guest room design has elements you could bring into your home, including globe pendants hung in pairs and a tufted headboard, which could be your next DIY project.

Welcoming Accessory

Get ready for breakfast in bed. A tray can serve as a tasteful mini table for coffee and juice, and then display design books and favorite accessories at the foot of the bed throughout the day.

Rustic Charm

Capture the quaint charm of a high-end historical property with your bedding. “Use strong quilts with interesting patterns and colors that relate,” says author Susan Sully. “I love that she hung it over the headboard of the canopy.” A slightly battered chest at the foot of the bed, which could be found at a thrift or antiques store, adds charm.

Glam Bench

Adding a bench to the foot of your bed will make an ordinary room seem like a ritzy hotel suite. Plus even your shoes and coffee table books will look more glamorous next to a bench with mirrored or acrylic legs, like this padded bench selected by Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily.

Glitzy Finishes

Mirrors and mirrored furniture are high-impact ways to get a luxury look, even on a budget. You can simply add a mirror, such as this round fish-eye mirror above the bed, which Atlanta designer Michelle Mentzer found at a discount. Or go glam by switching out a basic bedside table for a mirrored nightstand. If you have hardwood floors, add a patterned rug from an outlet store.

More Than the Bed

A sitting area and plush decorative benches at the foot of the bed take this bedroom from comfy home to a sumptuous experience, plus the butter and gray color palette gives the room a restful vibe. Atlanta designer Cindi MacPherson says coordinating colors and fabrics create an extravagant feel in a room.

Bespoke Details

Your bedroom may not have all the space of a guest suite, like the one planned for West Elm Hotels, but you can draw inspiration from the home retailer's visionary space. A cart to hold items for a nightcap or reading material could serve as an attractive and multi-functional item beside a bed or in a sitting area. Or bring in local art or bespoke furniture for a more hospitable home.

Rich Tones

Topping your bed with a monogrammed bolster pillow is a small change that can pack a big punch when it comes to making your bedroom look luxurious. Adding a sitting area, also adds to the comfort and coziness. Rich colors, like the plum and butter shades here add to the luxury feeling.

Detailed Bedding

Add a monogram for a classic touch. A monogrammed antique linen sheet, paired with a contemporary coverlet and new pillows, creates a cozy place reminiscent of a luxury B&B. The detail on the Jenny Lind Spool bed, which can be found in antiques stores or on eBay, combines with the scalloped edge of the sheets for a complete look.

Map Walls

Go on a journey for your own design style with design elements from Marriott’s Le Meridien guest room. You can decorate creatively with maps and follow the lead of designers with Marriott who used gray, light blue and charcoal for this muted palette.

Soothing Blues

Color is an easy way to add luxury to a room on a budget. These sea blue walls conjure a luxurious coastal feel you can add to any home, no matter how far you are from the beach, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle.

Finishing Touches

Pair framed paintings above the headboard and then throw on a richly textured throw at the foot of the bed, as in this bedroom in a popular lakefront vacation home community.

Storybook Setting

Rustic, luxury lodges teem with unique decor and a sense of history, much like this room. Old encyclopedia pages laid out horizontally creates a pattern reminiscent of brick and mortar on the walls of this bedroom. Susan Sully, author of Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques, suggests perhaps the greatest luxury in a bedroom can be found in clean and simple bedding and the handsome bindings of a few books by the bedside.

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