Staying in a hotel is a great way for picking up ideas on how to style your home. I have already blogged about creating the hotel look at home. I wrote a post about the Hoxton. and how it had inspired me. Now Malmaison has got me thinking! What if I told you that I was thinking black walls and black furniture? You might reply – “madness”. You might think that I was returning back to my teenage goth phase. Mum, do not not fear because that phase is long gone! Although I do still have a penchant for black clothes -so slimming! I digress, we should all consider introducing some black into our homes. The Malmaison chain of hotels is a great example of this. They use black to create an elegant and impressive deco. How can we create the luxury Malmaison feel at home?
A welcoming hallway with the statement factor
You know what they say – first impressions count. Therefore, your hallway is one of the most important areas of your house. You want to create impact. Malmaison did this with a modern fireplace.
We might not be able to squeeze a fireplace into our hallway. However, there are other ways we can create drama and interest. A dramatic light fitting will add the wow factor to any hallway. I would suggest adding a dimmer switch too, that way you can create a nice homely and welcoming glow.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall” from the film Snow White. However, we don’t need to be an evil queen or vain to have lots of mirrors. If we are going to embrace the Malmaison style for all things dark then we need to counteract this with lots of light. Mirrors are perfect for this. Malmaison hotels use lots of oversized mirrors to bounce light around their rooms.
Using a mirror will help maximise natural light in a room. The clever use of mirrors can also make rooms feel more spacious. In a minimal space you can also use the mirror as the focal point. A mirror can be used much like artwork. It can add drama and glamour to a room.
The Malmaison uses oversized furniture to create a welcoming feel with impact. People often shy away from large pieces of furniture as they worry that it will dwarf the room. However, the key is less. In this case less equals more. Instead of cluttering up your space with lots of little bits of furniture, use one large key piece instead. This can actually help make a room appear bigger than it is.
The above is a great example of how to use oversized furniture effective. This is a hallway table that was in Malmaison by the lifts. It wasn’t in the biggest of spaces but it worked really well because it has a shallow footprint. The console table created the impression that the space by the lifts was a useable space/room. This is an idea that we could apply to our own rooms and hallways. We should maximise and use any dead space.
The above is really an oversized chair. It has been dressed to look like a settee. This is a seat that makes you want to sink into it,it shouts comfort. The seat and table creates the illusion of an intimate space. Somewhere to sit, chatting with a loved one. This vintage looking seat is perfect.
Who needs to stay in a hotel when we can create the hotel look at home! The Malmaison with its effortless glamour is a look that we can recreate at home. Just remember:
- Black for drama and glamour. Think walls, furniture or accessories.
- Mirrors. Practical and can be used to make a room feel brighter and lighter. The perfect contrast to the black.
- Go big. Think mirrors or furniture. Choose a key piece for a room and go big with it.
You can find more ideas on my pinterest board.
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Will you be adding a little bit of Malmaison to your home?