Recreation is key in a luxury hotel. It may not be affordable to add a luxury indoor swimming pool and sauna room, but we can still try to mimic the recreational style of a luxury hotel. All hotels obviously have a pool, sauna, games room and gym. If budget is not a concern, then consider adding an in-home sauna, gaming room or lap pool. This would be the ultimate way to unwind at the end of a hard day! If this is not possible, then consider simply creating a home gym. It can be as simple as a treadmill that is well-positioned in front of a TV. Add a small bar fridge with water and a rack for towels — voila, you have your own hotel-style work out room. You could also create a spa space where you can unwind or do yoga stretches. Choose a dark corner of your home where it is quiet. Add candles, a cozy floor pillow, and a soft mat or rug for stretching or meditating. Play some zen music and escape life’s hectic pace — you will surely feel like you have escaped into a spa hotel.
Replicate a spa bathroom in your home. Moving from the bedroom into the bathroom, you should enter an equally serene and posh decor. Think of the best hotel that you have ever stayed — what amenities did the bathroom have? You probably found a glass-enclosed walk-in shower with full-body jets and an equally strong shower head. There was of course a jacuzzi tub, and a double set of deep sinks with large mirrors that were lit by glitzy wall sconces, and there was a lavish offering of soaps and scents galore. Let’s not forget the towels that were plush as puffy clouds, and the bathrobe made of supreme-quality cotton. The best hotels will also have heated towel racks and heated marble or tile flooring. Some of these items may be above your price point, but attaining a lavish hotel-like bathroom can be as simple as a pretty shower curtain, a few plush towels and some scented candles. Dim the lights, run a bath filled with bubbles and pretend that you are in paradise. Don’t forget to hang the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.
Lavish lighting adds a hotel look. A hotel is never dark or dreary. Rather, it is always well-lit with chandeliers, side lamps, wall sconces, art lights, and mood lighting in every nook. Begin with the big overhead lights in your home. Do you love them? Are they modern? Is the light too harsh? Consider changing out-dated overhead lights with modern, sculptural light fixtures that speak to your decor. It is also best to have a dimmer installed on these overhead lights. Dimmers are the key to mood lighting. Then add lamps to your side tables. Remember, a collected-over-time-look is never ‘matchy-matchy’, but hotels usually have some semblance of matching side lamps on either side of a sofa or bed. You can also use lamp shades lined in gold—they add a nice hint of glamour. If budget allows, then hire an electrician to add wall sconces and lights over your artwork. These two fixture styles add the final luxe look that every 5-star hotel offers. To add even more lighting control in your home consider floor to ceiling windows
Create a layered look with flooring, trims and pillows. Luxury hotels are always clean. The marble floors shine, the wood is polished and not a fleck can be found on the area rugs and carpets. Aside from its pristine appearance, the room is usually designed in a layered manner. The main flooring is usually one that is hard, resilient and lavish such as marble, travertine, or hardwood. Then layered upon that are plush area rugs that are placed center-stage within seating areas and entryways. You will also notice that decorative pillows and trims are placed expertly within the space. Posh pillows with elegant trims will accent sofas and chairs. Curtains will be edged in trim, and club chairs will be edged with brass nailhead borders. These are all easy and inexpensive ways to layer luxury into your decor. You could even take an existing chair and trim it with nail heads that can be bought at most fabric stores, or add trim to pillows and curtains that you already own. This layered look creates a space that offers a sense of comfort and luxury — especially when the highest-end materials are used.
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