Think about the last time you stayed at a luxury hotel. The experience is like no other. One of the key memories we carry with us is just how comfortable our room was. What is it about hotel rooms that make us want to lounge around and sleep in? Well, there are several strategic factors that contribute to that ‘oh-so-cozy’ feeling. We’re going to help you bring that hotel-level comfort to your bedroom.
You can break this down into three categories: the design of your space, the styling of your room, and the quality of your bed.
The Design of Your Space
Get the curtains right.
Soft, sheer curtains plus a layer of efficient blackout curtains is definitely the recipe for sleeping in. Somehow, hotel curtains are able to provide this time-warp effect that allows you to fall into blissful rest much longer than we usually can in our own bedroom. So, by utilizing this formula and keeping in mind Apartment Therapy’s do’s and don’ts of hanging curtains, your room will be off to the right start.
Light makes all the difference.
A basic principle of interior design comes down to lighting – and lots of it. There are a few different kinds of lights and sources. Maximize your natural light by implementing enough mirrors around the room to allow that natural light to create the appearance of space in the room. Don’t forget to include ambient lighting (ceiling or floor lamp), task lighting (vanity lights or desk lamp), and accent lighting (picture lights or candlelight).
The furniture matters.
We get it – furniture can be expensive! But let’s think about your hotel experience; solid pieces of furniture that go well together, balance each other, and fit the space. While everyone has phases of life that include the family hand-me-downs and thrift store gems, try to slowly incorporate nicer pieces of furniture to give your room that put-together feeling your after.
Find your accent piece.
Every room has ‘that’ piece to it. Whether it be vaulted ceilings, large windows, original wood floors, or whatever it is that captures your eye – let ‘that’ area shine. Allow it to dictate the choices you make in decor and furniture to ensure it is always able to stay a focal point of your space.
But does it spark joy?
Maybe you have heard of the tidying revolution ignited by Japanese consultant Marie Kondo. In her book, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,’ Kondo discusses the importance of decluttering. Whether you follow her approach or not, clearing things from your space that are no longer being used or needed is always a good idea.
Let you shine through.
One thing a hotel will never have is that touch of your personality. Make sure you don’t get so caught up in following rules and outsourced inspiration that you forget to allow your personal preferences to shine through.
The Styling of Your Room
Color your mood.
Color choice is crucial. So much so that there is an entire idea of “color psychology,” which discusses how color has the power to impact our moods, feelings, and behaviors. When picking out paint colors, furniture pieces, and bedding, make sure you gravitate towards a calming color palette that will promote rest and relaxation.
It’s all in the details.
While we have talked about how the furniture in your space plays a critical role in the feeling of your bedroom, don’t lose sight of the little things, either. Small details in a hotel tend to make a lasting impression on our memory and overall experience. Try to incorporate similar luxuries into your space. For example, place a plush rug bedside for your toes to enjoy as you rise, arrange fresh cut flowers in a beautiful vase as an aromatic and visual element, and add a sound machine for some extra help lulling you into a deep sleep.
The power of scent.
Scent, just like color, also carries the power to alter both our psychological and physiological state according to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. With this in mind, try adding an essential oil diffuser or a clean candle to your bedroom for added comfort. Just remember, you don’t want to have competing scents, or else a headache could be in your future.
The Quality of Your Bed
It’s all about the bed.
If you take anything away from this post, let it be that your bed is the number one source of hotel-level comfort. It truly is all about the bed. The mattress you have is probably where you really want to begin. Beds are no bargain, but your amazing night’s sleep at the hotel was greatly impacted by the high-quality mattress you were sleeping on. Exceptional pressure relief and superior support effortlessly guide you into dreamland. Hybrid, innerspring, and memory foam mattresses are what’s most commonly found in high-end hotels. Save your money, and invest in a bed that is affordable for you.
Tips of the trade.
While it’s no secret that crisp, clean sheets always feel better, there is still something about hotel bedding that is far superior to what most of us achieve at home. The secrets out – here’s what you can do to get on their level.
- Add a mattress topper. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should add some nice cushion and extra support to your mattress. This is a great place to start if you’re on a tighter budget!
- Ditch the fitted sheet. A method used to make life easier for housekeeping, but also lends to a clean look and feel. Replace the fitted sheet with another flat sheet. Fold and smooth using hospital corners.
- Try triple sheeting. Despite the name, this luxury technique involves four pieces: a fitted sheet is put on first, a flat sheet next, then a blanket is added, and finally topped off with another flat sheet to complete the look. This method is ideal for providing flexibility in style.
Do you have a move coming up? You can get busy creating your dream bedroom while Elite Moving does the heavy lifting for you. Reach out to us today!