The entry way of a hotel is always luxe. Think of the last hotel that you walked into. What did you first see? Of course, you were surrounded by an amazing lobby that was filled with orchids (or some other exotic flower arrangement), glitzy mirrors, well-arranged seating areas, dim lighting, and fabulous artwork. How can you create all this in the small entryway of your own home? It’s actually pretty simple. You just need to guide your visitors eyes to a certain niche or centerpiece that will welcome them into your home and speak to the rest of the homes style. It’s best to start with a small entryway table. Whether it be marble, wood or shiny lacquer, the entryway table can be your starting point. If you have room, a large round table makes a dramatic statement when floated in the middle of an entry. Then add to this table: a pretty lamp, a bowl to contain a few collected knick knacks, some books or other things that appeal to your tastes, and of course, a pretty flower arrangement (no fake flowers aloud). If the table is against the wall, then place a statement mirror or piece of art above the table (a starburst mirror works well here). You are almost done! Now, if there is room, add a plump chair that guests can sit in when taking on and off their shoes. The entryway is the first and last thing that guests see. Make it one that leaves a lavish impact. Architectural elements can add to the luxurious factor of your home.
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
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.
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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