Hotel décor is always inspiring, so it’s natural you want to carry ideas back home with you. Hotel designs exude luxury in plush fabrics, minimalist décor, and airy interiors, to help you relax. But you can recreate the effect in your home easily.
Get ready to be inspired. Here are a few easy tricks to reconstruct hotel opulence in your very own home:
Create your “brand”
Accommodation designs aren’t just about opulence; they aim to be unique – and the same should go for your apartment.
You’ll want to create your own “brand”, a look that reflects your interests, personality and life story.
Think of your hobbies and passions. Then reflect them in your choice of wall art, ornaments, and other accessories, as Gidleigh Park has done below.
Image via Victoria Winters
Pick a theme
Most hotels pick a subtle theme and reflect it in the décor. It could be bohemian, Hollywood chic, French provincial, Scandinavian minimalist, Japanese zen - whatever you like.
Keep the theme minimalistic – as just a soft touch of French provincial furniture, for instance. Aim for simple symmetry, but toss in a few personal items to really make the look your own.
This Hsinchu Stone Village Resort Hotel room, for example, incorporates traditional Chinese elements into a modern, open-air design.
Image via 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia
Tell a story
Tell the story of your apartment’s location – make it belong. Remind your guests where they are and why they’re there.
Bring a bit of your hometown into your home by including local art, photography and nature in your décor.
If you live in a busy metropolis, for example, you could create a statement piece by hanging a bold canvas of a city landmark above your bed or sofa.
Do you live in a warehouse-converted apartment or in an area with a former industrial life? Maintain some exposed brickwork or pipes as pieces of interest, such as in this room from the von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn:
Image via Unique Hotels
Play with lighting
One of the first things you notice about your hotel room is the warm and welcoming atmosphere it exudes.
This warmth is partially created by a clever lighting scheme. Layering your lighting enables you to shape the play with the room’s mood and shadows.
Aside from the overhead lights, you could have reading lamps on the bedside table and beside your armchairs, wall sconces, foot lamps – maybe even an overhead chandelier.
Image via Victoria Winters
Invest in an accent wall
Many contemporary hotels really experiment with styles and patterns – and accent walls are one of the most popular design features used today.
Accent walls create a focal point in your room that eliminates the need for additional decorative features
Geometric patterns are really trending, but don’t make it too cluttered: keep the other walls in neutral, calming colours so you don’t overdo it.
If you want to make a room with a low ceiling appear larger, you can try wallpaper with vertical stripes. Just make sure it blends into your room’s existing theme and décor.
Choose the best of the best
Perhaps the greatest thing we love about a quality hotel room is … well, its quality.
The most sophisticated hotels live and breathe excellence, using only the most luxurious fabrics: Egyptian cotton sheets with 1000 thread count, thick down pillows and doonas, and Persian rugs. Splurge a little on your own accessories to make your boudoir feel top-quality.
Hotel rooms also tend to keep the furnishings simple, but add texture in the accessories – their throws, cushion covers, rugs, and pillow covers. Consider using silk, woollen or faux-fur fabrics to accompany your simpler haberdashery.
Image via Samantha Marx
Are you inspired to reinvigorate your apartment with these hotel-inspired décor ideas? We’ve got plenty more neat tips and inspiration on the Brosa Skapa blog. Browse through our other posts today.