Copy These 16 Decorating Tricks From Hotel Rooms to Make Your Home Totally Lovely
“I wish I could live in a hotel”—we’ve all had this thought. Here are simple ways to bring that zen hotel feeling to your own home.
Cut the clutter
One big reason that we love hotel rooms is their emptiness. They’re free of the refuse of everyday life—the bills, stray socks, and soccer balls—leaving them full of possibility. While it’s impossible to eliminate clutter entirely from your home, you can make sure you have enough places to stow away most of your belongings. And remember: Storage isn’t just closets and dressers. Don’t forget about trays, which hotels rely on to corral smaller items.
There are no junk drawers in hotel rooms
Yes, hotel closets and dressers stay empty for the simple reason that nobody lives there, but you can still go through your storage at home and purge it of unnecessary stuff. Many of us hold onto odds and ends—weird-sized pieces of wrapping paper, baskets, mystery keys, old towels, and the like—because we think we might need them “someday.” However, unless you have a definite date for that “someday,” you should toss these objects now. And here’s permission to get rid of these items in your closet you never use or wear.
When it comes to color scheme, keep calm and carry on
Hotel rooms are so restful on the eyes because they feature soothing, neutral shades like beiges, creams, and grays. Brighter colors are limited, and they’re strategically deployed to provide pops of contrast. Here’s expert advice on creating a color scheme for your home.
White sheets only, please
Most hotel rooms make their beds with white sheets, because they seem so crisp and clean. And they help reinforce the impression that the room is a blank slate waiting for you.
Create a bed that works for both lying down AND sitting
Most hotel beds possess headboards because managers know that guests like to be able to sit up and check their devices, watch TV, read a book, or eat. Decor-wise, a headboard is also a chance to make a visual statement since the bed is the focal point of the room. If you don’t have a headboard on your bed, you can hang fabric, wallpaper, or paint the headboard area to mimic one, and you can pile on big bolster pillows so you can prop yourself up in comfort. Here’s how to tweak your bedroom for an amazing night’s sleep.
Layer your bedding
Hotel beds have lots of layers to make them feel luxurious. The typical hotel bed is topped with a throw or blanket, which serves two purposes: to give extra warmth and to offer a different color, pattern, or texture, like nubby, woolen, or shaggy. Hotel beds usually contain at least three sizes of pillows—oversize, standard sleeping size, and small—which represents another opportunity to introduce a contrasting fabric, color, or pattern. Finally, fine hotels splurge on deep, pillow-top mattresses to coddle their guests, but placing a down featherbed or mattress topper in down or lambswool can provide a similar cushioning sensation.
Make Mom proud: Make your bed every day
One basic thing that makes hotel beds so enticing is how neatly and precisely they’re made. The sheets are pulled tight. Everything that should be tucked in is, and the pillows are positioned just so.
Light the way
Hotel rooms are always designed to contain multiple sources of lighting. While some of them might be overhead fixtures, a greater number are usually freestanding lamps, with dimmers so that people can adjust for brightness. And having a light on each side of the bed—whether sconces or lamps—is a hotel-room must.
Decorate like Noah’s Ark: in pairs
Hotel rooms rely on symmetry—matching bedside lamps and tables, an even numbers of pillows, or paired artwork—to add to the feeling of calm. This kind of visual harmony tells our overstimulated eyes “you can relax here.”