Freshly pressed linen sheets, fluffy towels, calming colour palettes and indulgent interiors: just some of the reasons why hotel getaways have such restorative appeal. But there are plenty of ways to recreate that cocooning feel at home too. From updating your bedding to revisiting your lighting scheme, a few creative tweaks are all it takes…
Informal luxury is the current byword when it comes to striking just the right interiors note, both at home and away. These days, the idea of living in a hotel-like atmosphere at home and a homely atmosphere in hotels is headlining, and fortunately, there are plenty of ways to recreate a permanent sense of hotel-luxe long after your getaway draws to a close.
Start by evaluating the bones of your interiors: in the bedroom, choose the largest bed that the room will comfortably allow. Bedside tables, rustic stools or chests of drawers will add symmetry and valuable storage, but if space is at a premium, opt for wall-mounted bedside lights, complemented by a directional reading light. Try John Cullen’s (johncullenlighting.com) Cama LED lamp, £335, which looks smart in any setting and can even be wired into upholstered headboards, or for a classic wall light, the Hector Dome, from £89, at Original BTC (originalbtc.com), combines practicality and elegance.
Adding a bench or ottoman at the end of the bed will anchor the space as well as providing a useful spot to store cushions and throws at bedtime. For a classic look, try the Orkney storage ottoman, £399 at Made (made.com), while for smaller bedrooms, Neptune’s (neptune.com) cross-legged Alex stool, £300, available in a wide range of fabrics and finishes, lends an elegant note.
For a restful scheme, consider adding dimmers in bedroom and living areas, negating the need for the harsher glare of an overhead pendant. For an instant update, try replacing lampshades too. Tribal and Ikat fabrics will add pops of colour and pattern for a design-led feel. Oka’s range of colourful shades including its Pleated Madura Silk Empire, from £64, (oka.com) will transform the most humble of bases, while Heathfield’s (heathfield.co.uk) Bubble Oval shade, £121, adds a softly contemporary edge. And swapping light bulbs for a warm rather than cool white instantly creates a welcoming ambience. Bear in mind that colour temperature is measured in Kelvins – 2700 is ideal for a softening, warm glow, while 450 lumens is equivalent to around 40 watts.
In the bathroom, simple updates such as hanging an oversized mirror to bounce light around, providing adequate storage, whether in-built or freestanding, and adding dimmers to downlighters will have a transformative effect. If you are planning a refresh, opt for top quality bath fittings and finishes. “A freestanding roll-top bath immediately sets the tone and if you have the space, hide the loo in a separate cubicle,” suggests Jay Grierson, the designer behind the recent renovation at The Grove of Narberth. “Consider fitting a vanity unit with a lovely stone top and an inset sink, which provides plenty of storage and a high-end feel at the same time. Add character with personal touches too – at The Grove, we sourced lots of local antiques and Welsh materials for a strong sense of place and a homely feel. We also lined wardrobe shelves and drawers with leather, which gives an immediate five-star touch when repeated at home.”
All in the detail
It’s the small touches that can be most impactful. Updating bedding will add an instantly luxurious feel. Generous 600-thread count Egyptian cotton linen combined with a down or silk duvet will achieve hotel appeal. During winter months, try draping an armchair, sofa or bed with cashmere to introduce a note of understated luxury, while a faux fur such as The White Company’s (thewhitecompany.com) Mink, from £40, offers a chic dose of Scandi style.
An evocative scent sets the scene beautifully too – adding a candle or reed diffuser will create a serene atmosphere, while favourite toiletries placed on the counter or a stool near the bath adds a luxurious touch – try Diptyque, Dr Vranjes or Cire Trudon for classic, clean scents. Add seasonal blooms from the garden to the coffee table and bedside for an instant hit of luxe and for a restful feel choose a neutral palette combined with tactile fabrics. Sometimes simply updating your cushions or wallpaper does just the trick. Interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch recommends Knowles & Christou’s (knowles-christou.com) wonderfully understated floral Ikebana wallpaper, £146 per roll, for an elegant, classic feel reminiscent of romantic, timeless hotel bedroom schemes. A few tweaks like this are all it takes to turn a comfortable interior into an unforgettable one, creating the perfect sanctuary –at least until the next mini-break beckons.
Written by Emma J Page
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