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?
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
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.
Buy a breakfast tray
Invest in a lighting scheme
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.
Buy a really nice 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.
Use hotel-sized pillows
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.
Plants, plants and more plants
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.
Ensure your sleep is as cloud-like as possible
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.
Candles are key
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.
Opt for neutral coloured 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.
Keep fresh flowers
Treat yourself to fancy toiletries
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