By Rachel Collar
Nothing compares to the feeling of checking into an upscale hotel. You slide the room key in and open the door with great anticipation and high hopes to rest your weary traveler bones. What awaits you is better than you could have dreamed. A decadent combination of style and comfort folds out before your eyes, filling your senses, and inviting you to live like royalty during your stay. While you enjoy the bliss of this pampered accommodation, it is only a temporary retreat. By the end of your stay, you may find yourself wondering why your own boudoir does not hold the same intrigue and splendor. With a small investment and thoughtful details, you can bask in complete serenity every time you enter your bedroom.
To begin transforming your space into a five-star destination, you must first remove all excess clutter that does not promote relaxation. Separate items into categories and disperse around the house into a new location. Next, create or purchase storage options that remove the mess from sight. If you must have your office in your bedroom, try and contain the area to one corner or wall while keeping it neat and contained. Shelves should be sparse and not crammed with objects.
Consider the space you are working with. Can furniture be reconfigured in a more relaxing or simplified manner? Is there excess furniture that is really not needed in the room? The less furniture, the more open and spacious the room will feel. Make sure the scale of the furnishings are appropriate for their location. The bed should be the focal point and easy to get into. Flank the bed with night time lighting using either matching lamps on nightstands or installed sconces above the headboard. Keep draperies simple and make sure they can be pulled back. Most importantly, do not cover the windows with large pieces of furniture. Letting the sunlight in and enjoying the view are part of life’s small delights.
The wall colors you select are essential companions to your lighting. Keep tones soft and muted for a peaceful vibe that promotes clear thinking and restful nights. Consider buying a trendy metallic removable wallpaper for a fun accent wall. Your hotel bedroom is not complete without fine art, or at least some really great imitation fine art. This is simple to achieve and may involve items you already own. Black and white landscape prints can be framed and matted to create a streamlined and subdued tone of artwork. Use magazine photos of travel and cultured settings to save money. Keep frames simple and coordinating to ensure a seamless look.
If your bedroom is a gourmet cake, then your textiles are the rich frosting on top. The bedding that you choose should be nothing less than spectacular. The finest hotels often have bedding that is almost completely white or tan with textured throw pillows. Do not settle for a thread count less than 500 on your sheets and try bamboo cotton for a truly delicious feel that keeps you cool while you sleep. Hold your pillow in your hand and ask yourself if you have feelings of complete bliss or indifference towards it. I am serious. You should L-O-V-E your pillow. If you do not, ditch it and get a new one. Your five-star bed must be like a cloud that you cannot wait to sink into. Unless you are buying furniture, the bedding is where to put your money.
A small and plush seating area is a great way to create boudoir bliss. A soft chair next to a window where you can snuggle into a good book; A loveseat adorned in pillows to take a moment and breathe in the morning or enjoy a glass of wine at night. The most fabulous hotels excel at creating these moments of comfort by using well designed seating areas. Remember to keep color and print muted and use texture in fabrics to create depth and luxury. The addition of this opulent element will turn your bedroom into a destination that you can enjoy all day long and not just at bedtime.
Indulgence is often experienced when all five senses are employed. The eye takes in the simple elegance of the neutral palette and soft colors, while touch is fulfilled with those high thread count sheets and luxurious throw pillows. Take time to add the ambiance of music to please the ears. Light a scented candle or use an essential oil diffuser to fill the room with the aroma of relaxation. As for taste, clearly this decadently decorated retreat is oozing with great taste, but go ahead and order some strawberries and champagne to seal the deal. Sure, you may have to double as room service, but you will never have to pack up and leave this five-star accommodation.