We all get excited when we have booked into a hotel for the weekend. We look forward to the luxurious little touches and feeling like King or Queen for the duration of the stay. So, why don’t we feel like this in our own homes? Most people reading this will say that the answer to that question is easy: we don’t have the money to live like that every day! This is one of my favourite challenges to tackle in my home; giving it a luxurious feel without a luxury budget. These are some suggestions that you could incorporate to make your home look more like a luxury hotel.
Recreation is Key
What makes a hotel so exciting? Why do we look forward to staying in one?
For the most part, it comes down the recreational style of living. You can walk out of your hotel room and head straight to a pool or sauna. You usually also have the option of heading to the gym and working out in the morning if you want. This makes living easy. This isn’t to suggest that you need to build a swimming pool in your garden, but there are some other ways that you can create a more recreational style of living. Creating a home gym is easy; you don’t need to go all out and buy every piece of gym equipment. Start off with one piece of equipment and build on your collection. Even putting a treadmill in front of a television can feel like a lavish upgrade.
And, what about pampering yourself?
It is all about giving your bathroom the spa feel. Hang up plush robes on the bathroom door for when you get out the shower. Buy yourself a selection of rejuvenating face masks and other spa products for those pamper nights. You could also create a space in your home for unwinding or doing light activity like yoga. It’s all about being creative with the space that you have, and using it in a manner that makes living easier and more enjoyable.
Layers can turn a standard room into a luxury penthouse suite. This may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not! A layered room is one that looks plush yet comfortable. If you walk into any luxury hotel room, you’ll notice the layered appearance. The main floor will typically be one that is resilient and hard yet undeniably lavish, such as hardwood, travertine, or marble. They then build on this with a gorgeous rug, which will take centre stage within the entryways and seating areas.
The layering does not end there! The room will be finished off with curtains and decorative trims and cushions. Look for elegant trims and cushions that are going to accent your chairs and sofas. You don’t need to spend a fortune on these elements; spend what your budget will allow. You can pick up gorgeous cushions nowadays in bargain retailers and no one will notice the difference.
Add Greenery & Flowers To Every Room
This is another easy and affordable way to give your property the luxury treatment it deserves. There are so many reasons why greenery and flowers are included in this list! Firstly, flowers look beautiful. They add an elegant and romantic touch to any room in which they are placed. Secondly, they smell amazing. Scent is one of our most powerful senses, and creating a lavish environment is all about engaging all the senses. It is not just about what you can see. It is about what you can touch, smell, and hear too. Flowers will lift any room in which they are placed. This is also because plants produce oxygen, and so they will boost the quality of air in your home as well, allowing for a much more comfortable living.
Organise Your Space Well
Hotels always manage to do this no matter how big or small the area is, it is organised to perfection. Shelves, tables, and bookcases appear like an interior designer has outfitted them (which they probably did!), but don’t let this discourage you. While you may not have an interior expert to arrange the space in your property, you can certainly learn a thing or two from them. Browse Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration, and read through some design magazines too. You will get a feel for what a well-designed room really looks like.
Most importantly, get rid of clutter! There is nothing luxurious or elegant about stacks of clutter. You can use decorative bowls and baskets to deal with this. You should also throw away the things you don’t really need. Once you have got the clutter down to an acceptable level (no clutter left at all!), you need to enforce the one in, one out rule. This means that whenever you buy something new for your home you need to get rid of something else in order to accommodate it.
Invest in Good Lighting
A lot of people underestimate the profound impact that lighting has on any space. A hotel is never dreary or dark. They are always lit to perfection, with the likes of mood lighting, art lights, wall sconces, side lamps and chandeliers. The key to successful lighting in any place is variation. If you are relying on one harsh overhead to light up a room in your property, you are making a big mistake. The best thing to do is have a variety of lighting so that you can easily tailor the lighting to suit the mood in the room, the time of day, and the activity you are doing. Dimmers are a great investment, enabling you to control the brightness of the light.
It is also important to let as much natural light into your property as possible. If you can afford to go through the process of having new windows installed or getting skylights installed, this is great although not necessary. There are some clever tricks you can make the most of to flood more light into your property. This includes installing large mirrors in rooms so that the light bounces off the surface and back into the room. In fact, any type of reflective surface, glossy surface, or metallic accessory will have a similar impact. You’ll be surprised by just how much of a difference this makes.
Make Sure Your Hallway is as Luxe as the Rest of the House
What does your hallway currently look like?
Is it simply a place where you dump your bags, shoes, and coats?
Most people will answer ‘yes’ to this question. However, when you think about it, your hallway should probably be the most lavish part of your home. After all, this is the first thing that people are going to see when they arrive at your property, and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. If your entryway is cluttered and dated, it doesn’t set a good impression for the rest of your property. However, if your hallway is clean, clutter-free and features a modern and opulent design, it will create excitement and impress anyone that walks through the door. This is a tactic that hotels very much make the most of, and it works doesn’t it? Imagine how you would feel if you arrived a hotel and there was clutter blocking the doorway and the paint and accessories were old and in desperate need of some TLC. You wouldn’t be very excited about your stay there, would you?
Hopefully, you now feel prepared for turning your home into a piece of hotel luxury. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune to make your property feel like a luxury hotel. It is more about those little extras that give your house a lavish vibe. Once you have made some of these changes, you are bound to notice a considerable difference.