10 Ways to Give Your Home Boutique Hotel Vibes
The great thing about staying in a hotel is that you don't have to clean up after yourself. Is there anything better than coming back from a day of sightseeing to find your room spotless and welcoming? Yes, there is something better — and that is the white fluffy robe that you get to drape around yourself as you watch TV. And then there's the room service; hello, cheeseburger on demand! So we've got the robe, the room service, and the fact that someone else makes your bed. Oh, and fancy ice buckets . . . On second thought, there are a million great things about staying in a chic hotel!
So when you're not on vacation, staying in a trendy boutique hotel with luxury and relaxation at your fingertips, why not re-create the feeling at home? With a few simple decor choices, you can give your space a boutique hotel vibe. Just keep in mind, you can't conjure up room service or cleaning maids through the power of decorating; sorry.
Decorate with locally inspired art
The decor of boutique hotels is usually inspired by the history and culture of the towns in which they're located. Get the same feeling in your own home by seeking out work by local artists or pieces depicting your town's unique attractions.
Use layers of textiles
Soft bedding, a cushy rug, an upholstered headboard, and flowy curtains all create a layered and cozy look like that in a comfortable hotel room. You may not get a night of uninterrupted sleep like you do when you're away, but you can dream.
Create a desk area
Luxurious hotel rooms usually have a convenient little desk for your use. Create the same vignette in your own bedroom by setting up a chic desk in an unused space. Style it with a desk lamp and a few simple accessories.
Add luxurious details to your bathroom
Spa-like bathrooms are a guarantee when staying in a boutique hotel. Marble details, a freestanding tub, and a clean and sleek vanity can get you the same style at home. If that sounds out of reach, you can still get the spa vibes on a budget. Hang up fluffy white towels, clear your countertops of any clutter, and keep the decor minimalist.
Keep the decor simple and consistent
A relaxing space needs to be simple and soothing to the eye — that means not too much color or clutter. However, that doesn't mean it has to be boring. If you want a soothing hotel-like room, stick to a basic color scheme and choose a neutral color for the walls. Match your wood accents to the same tone to keep the space looking consistent.
Use fluffy white bedding
Nothing says "chic hotel" like fluffy white bedding: white sheets, a white duvet cover, and, if you want extra romance, a white, flowing canopy. Add an extra row of pillows to crank up the cozy even more.
Include thoughtful seating areas
Lobbies of boutique hotels always have plenty of well-placed seating areas for optimal socializing like The Riviera Palm Springs, pictured here. If you have a large living area, consider creating more than one sitting area. It's a great layout for guests, and you'll feel like you've entered a stylish party space every time you use the room.
Add ambience with lighting
Hotels always have great lighting that creates a soothing ambience. Create the same feeling at home with well-chosen fixtures and the right bulbs. Use LED bulbs for a cleaner glow, and vary your fixtures to give your space dimension. Hallway sconces, table lamps, and soft shades will all make for a soft, calming atmosphere.
Decorate with fresh flowers
You can't pretend you're staying in a hotel without fresh flowers. Put them everywhere! In your entry, your bedroom, your bathroom — you can never have too many flowers.
Create a grand entryway
Boutique hotels always have a stunning entryway to welcome guests as they check in. Skip the check-in counter at home, but get your entryway looking beautiful with a few tips. You may not have a home with soaring ceilings and a double-door entrance, but you can still add a stylish rug and a round entry table. Top off the look with a unique chandelier.