A place like a bedroom can feel a bit flat and updated from time to time. Having a place to retreat at home can feel like a luxury nowadays mainly because of our busy lifestyle. Let's face it, we all want to achieve that five-star hotel treatment in our own homes, especially if you want to Airbnb your place or let out a room. Follow our checklist and you can get the 'Hotel Look' for your bedroom and make it the height of luxury.
BED LINEN AND CUSHIONS
A very easy but effective way to give your room an updated is by layering up on bedding and using various cushion sizes. The more, the better is trick, so try not to be subtle about it. The idea is to make your bed look as cosy as possible and investing in 100% Organic cotton or Egyptian cotton fabrics from Muji or Secret Linen Store. Pure cotton is breathable and will keep your body temperature regulated while you sleep, ensuring you rest undisturbed without waking up in a sweat or. shivering. For something a little extra we suggested adding a soft throw on top of your bedding, this will help protect your bedding but also an easy way to dress up basic-looking bed linen, so it's worth splashing a bit of money on this and buy one from a luxury brand like Maison du Monde.
The trick with colour and getting a 'Hotel' look is sticking with a maximum of a three-colour palette - this includes the wall colour. Any more and your bedroom will be too chaotic and look less professional. Warm tones have a calming quality and lighter colours will help your bedroom look more hygienic. If you are not quite sure about which colour to choose we suggested looking into earthy tones, complementing it with neutral light coloured bedding, finally offsetting it with hints of metallic in your accessories. We love the terracotta inspired Red Earth from Farrow and Ball as masculine and feminine in equal measure with an almost pink tonal quality that has an academic feel to it at the same time.
Investing in window treatments might not seem like the obvious option when redecorating your bedroom but it's one forgotten thing that can give your bedroom the hotel look. A great hotel or Airbnb bedroom lets you control how much sunlight gets into your room. The key is to follow the conventional hotel formula of a layer of a sheer curtain combined with a blackout layer for maximum darkening. There are many fabrics options out there, but don't let that daunt you when it comes to choosing a style. Invest in the blackout fabric with an acrylic backing, places like Dunelm will sell this material separately if you want to update existing curtain fabric. Sheer curtain fabric ultimately diffuses natural light, so can be purchased in a much cheaper material like polyester. Stick to these rules and you will be able to accentuate your windows affordably.
One thing you will notice staying in a posh hotel is wall coverings. These can range from upholstered fabric over the head of the bed, to a simple feature wall with some gorgeous wallpaper design. So whether it's buying Sophie Conran designed wallpaper or a ceiling-high headboard as we did for our Bloomsbury apartment, you will be amazed how it transforms your average bedroom into something very special.
Good lighting is essential in every room in the house, the bedroom is no exception and installing dimmers is one way to immediately upgrade your room. Many luxury hotels have overhead lighting and have shades that diffuse and change the colour of the room like the pewter clad pendant from Industville, or go big and bold to catch your eye, like Inspyer's Scraplight pendant made from cardboard, a dramatic set-piece that could have a high watt bulb installed to ensure bright light for dressing and grooming in your bedroom. Many high-end hotels also opt for huge table lamps, rather than the tiny side table lights (which remind me of B&Bs and staying with your grandparents) so invest in a pair for either side of the bed. If you have the budget, then investing in a top-quality corner light like the Harmony floor lamp from Habitat will help you complete your lighting options.
Finally, one additional luxury addition to a bedroom to create a luxury environment in your bedroom is furniture. Creating an allocated space where you can unwind before bedtime it's something everyone should have in their bedroom. Some sort of seating can be the ideal solution to this like a chaise lounge at the foot of your bed. like this Fats dusky pink in vintage velvet from Loaf. An alternative is a scallop chair for the corner like this Dunelm armchair in Midnight Blue which we bought for our guest bedroom in the property we developed in Buckhurst Hill. If you don't have enough space or want to spend that much money an elegant standard chair would also do the job.
So, if it's to spoil yourself or encourage visitors to leave you a five-star review, it's worth the investment. As adding a mint on your pillow or serving breakfast in bed won't cut it, yet adding these features will elevate your bedroom into something truly special.
Love Omar x