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Luxury bedroom ideas: how to make your bedroom feel like a luxury five-star hotel

Transform your bedroom with these luxury decor touches used in five-star hotels. 

There’s something so delicious about slipping into bed in a five-star hotel that, for us, it’s one of the best things about going away. After a long day of trudging the streets on a city break, the promise of a luxuriously comfortable hotel room is what we’re living for and we often wonder, how do they do it?

The sheets are softer, the pillow formation more comfortable, the accessories look just right – sometimes we wish we could live in a hotel so as to enjoy these pleasures all year round.     

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This, obviously, isn’t possible – but especially at the moment as the global coronavirus pandemic means that many of us are still deciding whether we’ll be going on holiday this year.

While we’ve spent most of our time in our homes over the past couple of years, this seems like the perfect opportunity to perfect that five-star feel and invest in our bedrooms. We might not be able to go on a break away for a while, but we can at least play pretend.

We spoke to interior designers, homeware brands like Anthropologie and experts in the industry to come up with all the ways you can make your bedroom feel like you’re staying in a five-star hotel. From which pillows to use to the perfect finishing touches. 

  • Pick quality bed linen

    Crisp Sheets vanilla duvet set,
    Luxury bedroom ideas: Crisp Sheets vanilla duvet set,

    This one’s a biggie and, of course, it makes total sense. The bed is at the centre of any hotel room so you want to make sure you pick the best sheets possible. 

    Now, choosing the right sheets for you will depend on factors such as what type of material you prefer, the season and your bedroom’s colour scheme. But there’s one brand that we think is ticking every box and certainly worthy of your attention. 

    Crisp Sheets was founded by Lara Ourtane who, when shopping for her new apartment, struggled to find sheets that had personality, style, comfort and affordability. Crisp Sheets’ bedding is made from the brand’s signature crisp cotton blend which is woven in a special technique, giving the textile a uniquely crisp touch.

    Shop Crisp Sheets vanilla duvet set, from £62.68

  • Buy a breakfast tray

    breakfast in bed tray
    Luxury bedroom ideas: The White Company Kubu Breakfast

    Make your breakfast routine feel special by eating from a stunning breakfast tray, making your lazy weekends feel even more enjoyable.

    Shop The White Company Kubu Breakfast in Bed tray, £100

  • Invest in a lighting scheme

    Made Otha lamp
    Luxury bedroom ideas: Made Otha lamp

    To create a real five-star atmosphere we recommend using three levels of lighting

    Picking flattering, soft lighting makes such a difference to your bedroom environment and the best way to do this is to ensure that you don’t have one main light source – using a multitude of lamps is key.

    Low level lighting is created with a pair of lamps on the bedside tables, plus a lamp on a dressing table or chest of drawers.

    Then, for high level lighting a pendant ceiling light works really well for creating a stylish statement without being too bright. This can be supported by wall lights if you really want to go for it.

    Shop Made Otha lamp, £69

  • Buy a really nice robe

    Soho Home logo-embroidered recycled-polyester house robe
    Luxury bedroom ideas: Soho Home logo-embroidered recycled-polyester house robe

    Who doesn’t love staying at a luxurious hotel and slipping into a warm fluffy robe?

    It’s one of the fun aspects of fully immersing yourself in the hotel experience – and you can channel those vibes by purchasing your very own rug to wrap yourself in at the end of the day.

    Shop Soho Home logo-embroidered recycled-polyester house robe at Selfridges, £85.00

  • Use hotel-sized pillows

    John Lewis duck feather cushion pad
    Luxury bedroom ideas: John Lewis duck feather cushion pad

    A super simple way to make your bed look like it’s straight out of your favourite hotel is to use hotel-sized pillows and, crucially, more of them. 

    The perfect arrangement is to go for three large square-shaped pillows along the back, with a further two or three rectangle-shaped pillows in front of those. 

    Dimensions can vary depending on where you buy them, but John Lewis & Partners has a brilliant range of square-shaped pillows in a plethora of sizes.

    Shop John Lewis duck feather cushion pad, from £16

  • Plants, plants and more plants

    Beards and Daisies aspidistra plant
    Luxury bedroom ideas: Beards and Daisies aspidistra plant

    Plants are an essential final layer when decorating any room, especially for creating a calming, uplifting atmosphere. 

    Being around plants is proven to make us feel happier, calmer and less stressed, which is one of the reasons so many hotels ensure that their rooms have a healthy dose of them. Plus, walking into a room full of lush greenery not only looks great, but purifies the air which can lead to a better night’s sleep, too.

    We recommend stocking up on leafy friends so that you can cluster them around the room. Ideally, you want one large plant in a corner, potentially nestled in between pieces of furniture. Then, a group of medium to small-sized plants in plant stands at different heights to create depth wherever it feels natural to place them. 

    Finally, a small plant on the bedside table will give the bed (often the focus of the room) a splash of colour and life. Beards and Daisies are a brilliant place to buy house plants from as they have an easy-to-use online service, a large variety of plant types and lots of great information on how to care for them. Plus, delivery is quick and sends your new green friends straight to your door safe and sound.

    Shop Beards and Daisies aspidistra plant, from £22

  • Ensure your sleep is as cloud-like as possible

    John Lewis natural goose feather and down 5cm deep mattress topper
    Luxury bedroom ideas: John Lewis natural goose feather and down 5cm deep mattress topper

    Yes, they look pretty swish, but one of the best things about staying in a hotel is all the benefits of a bed that has been planned and made to perfection to give you a really good night’s sleep

    When it comes to building a bed set-up that is truly comfortable it’s the little things that matter. Indeed, investing in less-essential bed accessories like a mattress topper actually makes all the difference. 

    John Lewis & Partners has a range of mattress toppers available but we especially like the natural goose feather and down 5cm deep mattress topper.

    It has been designed with a dual-layer topper, made from soft goose down and feather for luxurious comfort, plus a firm, 100% fine feather base for support. It’s the perfect balance between pillowy and supportive.

    Shop John Lewis natural goose feather and down 5cm deep mattress topper, from £104

  • Candles are key

    Lit swallows and damson candles
    Luxury bedroom ideas: Lit swallows and damson candles

    Little touches like candles can make such a difference – not only do they make your room smell divine, they also add a soft glow and warmth that will make any room feel luxurious.

    We recommend popping one on each bedside table and using complementing scents such as cinnamon and vanilla, rose and oud or citrus and herb.

    Lit’s candles are so good, you can smell them even before you’ve opened the gift box. The brand is female-founded and small batch made, running out of a small studio in Leeds. Each candle is 100% natural and crafted using sustainable ingredients and we can vouch that they fill a room with scent in the most delightful way.

    Shop Lit swallows and damson candles, £42

  • Opt for neutral coloured bed linen

    Secret Linen Store
    Luxury bedroom ideas: Secret Linen Store flint grey 100% linen bed linen

    If you’re unsure of what colour scheme to pick for your bedding then opt for neutral, that’s a sure-fire way to create a luxurious feel fit for a hotel.

    The colour palette should be minimal with just two or three colours. Often hotels will have a dark painted wall behind the headboard to create a cocooning effect with lighter coloured sheets on the bed. 

    Secret Linen Store’s flint grey bedding set (pictured) is perfect for this. Sophisticated, calming and chic, it will work with a plethora of other colours for the bedroom such as blues, greens, off-whites or moody charcoal. It has a soft feel and relaxed, washed appearance thanks to its 100% linen, fine flax blend. 

    Shop Secret Linen Store flint grey 100% linen bed linen, from £18

  • Keep fresh flowers

    We think that having a vase of fresh flowers always makes your home feel a little more special, but instead of keeping them in the kitchen for all to enjoy, it’s even lovelier to have them in the bedroom for yourself. 

    Most hotel rooms will have a bunch of blooms on display for their guests to enjoy, as it provides an instant lift and scent for the room. We recommend signing up to a subscription like The Bloom Bunch, which comes from Scottish female-owned florists Lavender and Rose, so that you always know you have quality, sustainable flowers coming in. 

    When deciding where to put your lovely flowers once you have them, we would recommend a large, fluted clear vase on a bedside table for an impact.

    Shop Lavender and Rose the bloom bunch flower subscription, £45

  • Treat yourself to fancy toiletries

    We’ll all recognise this as one of the nicest things about staying somewhere lovely, trying out some new toiletries

    So, why not try mimicking this in your own house with gorgeous products from the likes of La Eva, an organic brand which looks the part, too.

    Shop La Eva products, from 18.50

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