My recent stay at The Hoxton hotel was a blissful escape. There was the stylish deco, the fluffy pillows, and the sumptuous cotton sheets. I love escaping to a hotel. If I had the budget then I would be jetting off this island and staying in hotels on a weekly basis. However, my surname isn’t ‘Hilton’, so I don’t have a have a hotel chain that I can call my own, or endless pots of money. I need to create the luxury hotel feel at home. What is it that makes a hotel stay so enjoyable?
- Super stylish yet comfortable bedroom.
- No clutter. The floor is not covered by a carpet of Lego.
- The attention to detail.
- A modern bathroom.
I would love to be able to create the luxury hotel look at home. I want to turn our haphazard house into a restful retreat. How can I do this?
The Hoxton has some very cool lighting. Lighting that is flattering; lighting that is seductive. Every aspect of the lighting had been thought of: from the lovely and welcoming and pink lighting in the hallway; to the anglepoise lamps next to the bed. The lighting added to the very trendy feel of the hotel. At home we should carefully consider where we put our lighting. Lighting at floor level in the corridor can be really effective. This use of floor level lighting in a narrow and long space can really add interest. Below you can see how the lighting has been used effectively to create drama and interest. Without the lighting this would be a bland space. However, the lighting really gives the area personality.
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You might not feel brave enough to use pink lighting. However, well-aimed reading lights, or a statement hanging light can still give you that luxury hotel feel.
Hotel rooms are very cleverly zoned: they always have very defined spaces, a space for you to sleep and a space for you to work. There is no clutter yet the room will still feel personal and welcoming. The Hoxton has book shelves filled with books for us to read, a clever desk, and a comfortable chair to read in. Think about the nooks and crannies in your house that could be maximised for extra storage space. Get rid of clutter; everything should have a home. Invest in some clever storage that allows you to tidy the toys away.
A house covered in clutter never looks like a luxurious retreat. Keep everything clean and orderly. It doesn’t have to be an expensive shelving unit, it could be some stylish baskets for collecting the clutter in. Do you work from home? Think about how you can you make your desk more organised. You want to ensure that your desk is organised and clutter free.
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A hotel room will always have the biggest bed. This is something to try to replicate at home. The bigger the bed, the better! In the bedroom make sure that your bed looks really inviting. Pay attention to how you dress the bed. Think about your pillows; bedding and curtains. Make sure you plump those pillows, create textures with throws; buy the highest thread sheets. You want that bed to look sumptuous and inviting.
The bedroom really is your sanctuary, so you want to take the time to make it look and feel perfect. This is your space: your retreat. Often the bedroom is overlooked because this is a space that isn’t seen by our guests. However, this is your most important space! You also need to think about your bedside tables. Make sure that you have bedside lamps too, you want to be able to recline in bed whilst reading those trashy magazines, *cough* I mean high literary tomes.
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Design wise the focal point of any bedroom is the bed. My bed currently looks like a Tracey Emin art installation. Yes, I have an unmade bed: the shame. I need to make my bed more of a feature. You can do this by introducing a headboard. The one above adds real impact to the bed and room. Think about adding pillows and cushions, but don’t go too crazy! You don’t want to have to spend half-an-hour removing all of the cushions at bedtime. Less is more. Think about investing in some bright cushions. The Hoxton hotel keeps their floors and walls neutral, they then add colours into their room with their choice of cushions.
A classic statement piece
You can’t go wrong with a classic statement piece. In my room at The Hoxton there was this beautiful leather chair. A chair that made me want to curl-up in it, However, it was also practical. This chair worked really well because it was the only big chair in the room. Don’t be tempted to fill your room with lots of big statement pieces as this will make the room feel noisy and crowded. Not very sanctuary like! Don’t worry about making your furniture match. The era of the three-piece suite is behind us, and there are no rules now! You don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture. There are many websites where you can pick furniture up at reasonable prices.
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In your bedroom create a seating area. A pair of seats or one armchair will give you somewhere extra to sit while enjoying a good book.
Flowers and greenery are an excellent way of updating a room on a budget. Most high-end hotels will always have some form of greenery or flowers in their hotel. You could add an Orchid which looks incredibly elegant. However, if you are like me and not very green fingered then think twigs! A big vase with twigs can add statement to a room. Or perhaps some pebbles from the beach. You can also buy faux plants that look really realistic. Perfect for me and my not so green-fingered fingers.
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What do I love most about staying in a hotel? The bathroom! Bathrooms in the best hotels are serene and sleek. We might not be able to install a new bathroom but there are little things we can do.
- Towels. Invest in some really good quality towels. Think about the ones in the hotel, the ones that are deep and fluffy. That is what we are looking for.
- Fancy soaps. Treat yourself to some nice soaps and bubble baths.
- Candles. In a hotel there will often be a dimmer and mood lighting. At home, light a candle. Perfect.
Shout down to the rest of the family that you don’t want to be disturbed and then wallow in those bubbles.
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Mimicking the hotel look at home can be done. We all deserve that relaxing retreat. Spend some money on creating the perfect escape in your own home, an escape that you can use everyday. You don’t need to spend loads of money, it’s the attention to detail that will help you create that luxury hotel feel.
Do you have any tips for creating the perfect hotel retreat at home? Now I need to go and find a home for the mountain of Lego. Wish me luck.