Bring Hotel Design Home: 3 Secrets from Stylish Boutique Hotels
After a relaxing weekend at a five-star resort, the last thing you want to do is head home. It's not easy to return to your lumpy bed after spending a few nights sleeping on a cloud.
But, there's no reason you can't bring that high-end hotel feeling into your home. We have a few simple design strategies inspired by some of the world's most stylish boutique hotels.
Layers on Layers
Nothing screams luxury like the king-size plush bed stacked high with pillows, a duvet and a decadent throw all in crisp white.
The Wynn Las Vegas features a firm mattress topped with a fluffy pillow top feather bed and Frette linens that were designed exclusively for the hotel. This bed can take the quality of your sleep and decor to the next level. The Sealy mattress, box springs, sheets and pillows used in guest suites are available for sale at the Wynn Home Store. Or, if you want the same idea with your own twist, try incorporating white, soft sheets, a white comforter and pillows stacked high to emit a feeling of luxury.
You can also use layers in your seating arrangements and on your flooring surface. Adorn your sofa's and armchairs with cozy blankets and decorative accent pillows. Install hardwood flooring and layer it with a colorful accent rug that goes with the overall theme and style of the room.
Work Within a Color Palette
One of the main takeaways from good hotel design is that working within a defined color palette is the best way to create a cohesive feel.
A color palette of metallic gold, marigold, ivory, ebony and steel blue was used to guide the recent $165-million renovation of the guest suites at the Bellagio. By staying within the designated palette, designers mixed a wide assortment of prints, textures and finishes to develop a look that exudes elegance and the classic excess that Sin City is known for. The Magnolia Hotel, in Austin, TX used a carefully crafted palette of colors to pull together a trendy, transition style lobby for this luxury getaway.
In addition to the combination of colors you will use for your interior decor, think about the architectural details that will complementyour palette. What style and color baseboard will you be using? Is there a specific architectural style to the windows or doors, and what paint or stain will you use on those. Your prefinished hardwood flooring can also be finished to match, or complement, your color scheme. With enough planning you can match woodwork on wall paneling and columns, or decorative stone, like in this upscale Washington, DC hotel.
Tantalize With Textures
Visual appeal tempts not just the eye, but the sense of touch as well. The more textures you can bring into a room, the better.
While plush textures like velvet, tweed, fur and dramatic knits may come to mind, there are many more options. Others to consider are sleek, like Lucite, steel and glass, as well as natural textures like wood, marble, terrazzo and concrete.
Heed guidance from the decor experts at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe, and use a minimum of one plush texture, one natural texture and one sleek texture to mimic the over-the-top elegance of your favorite resort.
If you like the idea of textures, why not consider distressed wood flooring for your space. It is a great way to add character and further personalize the space to your exact style preference.