From reimagining your bedroom scheme to adding discreet bathroom storage, a few tweaks are all it takes to recreate the luxurious feel of a favourite getaway.
Cossetting, serene and rejuvenating: a memorable hotel suite should be all these things and more. And if you want to replicate a little of that luxury at home, the best place to start is the bedroom and bathroom.
Begin by reassessing the layout of your bedroom: does your furniture make best use of the space? Remember that less is more, and fewer, but more generously-sized pieces can be more impactful. Make the bed your focal point. The rule of thumb is to choose the biggest size the room will allow, such as a king or super-king, ideally leaving space for bedside tables on both sides. “At the very least, the dimensions should allow a minimum of 90cm mattress width per person and 15cm longer length than the tallest,” advises Brent Cooper of luxury bed specialist Simon Horn. “This allows for restful sleep.”
Investing in the best quality you can afford will pay off aesthetically too. Upholstered divans and bedsteads are trending right now and rich, sumptuous fabrics such as velvets and wools add a touch of luxury. Don’t be afraid to scale up too for a generous touch. “The proportions of your room and the frame you choose are important,” advises Button & Sprung’s Adam Black. “Larger rooms benefit from higher headboards as they aid the visual balance between ceiling and floor. Similarly, if you opt for a wider bed, a taller headboard will help to balance proportions and provide a stylish flourish.” Finish with fine linens such as classic ranges by Frette. Yves Delorme and The White Company and go for a wool or cashmere throw – those at Mourne Textiles are beautifully tactile.
In the zone
For true hotel luxe, try turning a corner of your bedroom into a reading nook, or if space allows, a mini living area. In smaller rooms, a freestanding Anglepoise lamp and a comfortable armchair placed in the corner of the room is all it takes to add a restful note. In bigger bedrooms, try anchoring the space with an upholstered bench at the end of the bed, making sure it spans the full width – handy for storage too – or create a sitting zone with a sofa, coffee table, armchair and lighting. This look works best in a de-cluttered space where a few pieces of well-placed furniture have room to breathe. To add a note of glamour, why not introduce a decadent wallpaper or fabric to line the walls or create a feature. “Wallpapers bring a depth and dimension to a room that paint alone cannot,” says Cole & Son’s Kathleen Hockey. “They imply attention to detail and offer a beautiful finish – all key elements in creating a luxurious look. They are very impactful in the bathroom too, turning it from a purely utilitarian space into a room to spend time in. Just make sure wallpaper doesn’t come into direct contact with water.”
All in the detail
To create a sense of serenity, storage is paramount, whether nestled within wardrobes and built-in joinery or via beautiful freestanding pieces. Well considered storage, especially in bathrooms, will keep surfaces clutter-free, important for creating a blissful space. If you are revamping your bathroom, take inspiration from your favourite hotels by opting for tactile fixtures and fittings. “Large format stone or marble slabs will add a luxe touch,” advises Anna Bilton of Helen Green Design. “Pair them with antique brushed brass sanitary ware to create a glamorous yet liveable space. Most importantly, bathroom lights should be on a dimmer for ultimate relaxation.” If smaller tweaks are the order of the day, try upgrading your washstand. Neptune’s Edinburgh Open washstand, from £1,320, with its chunky marble top and practical storage combines utility and luxury.
And don’t forget those important little touches: “Install demisting mats behind mirrors to avoid condensation,” advises interior designer Roselind Wilson. “Add task lighting either side and lights under vanities for a softer and warmer effect. Setting them on a PIR sensor so they come on automatically when you enter the room will conjure a sense of luxury.”
Finally, decant cotton pads into glass jars, store everyday items in cupboards and introduce premium toiletries. Temple Spa’s decadent bath and beauty products are just some of those stocked at Pride of Britain Hotels, while the botanical notes of cult brand Aesop will introduce instant chic to ensuites and cloakrooms alike.
Article by Emma J Page