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
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.
Climate control is imperative in your hotel-style home. A hotel is never too hot or too cold, rather, the temperature is always just right. Climate control systems are a must-have for the comfort of your home. Achieving this state of perfect temperature can be as simple as installing a programmable thermostat into your home. There are thermostats that can read your temperature habits and automatically mimic them, thereby giving you a home that is always at the optimal temperature to suit your tastes. There are also many wireless climate control systems that be adjusted from anywhere with a simple tap of a button on your phone. If budget is a problem, then consider adding a ceiling fan to the master bedroom— at least you will get a cooler, more comfortable sleep. If budget is not a concern, then consider installing motorized remote control blinds or shades to the sunniest windows. Overall, no matter the budget, a climate controlled room is key to achieving a hotel state of mind in your home.
Curtains are always well-designed in a luxury hotel. Curtains, draperies and blinds are something a lot of us homeowners overlook. We slap on some wooden blinds for privacy and wipe our hands of the nasty job of window coverings (or we resort to buying some cheap pre-made curtains at a local chain store). There is a good reason for this trend— custom draperies are expensive and hard to find. Unless you are a seamstress, then making gorgeous pinch-pleated drapery panels is not easy. Along with the bedroom, window coverings are another place where you should put your money where your mouth is. It is obvious when draperies are done on a budget, and it can ruin the look of your luxury home. If you don’t know how to sew, then consider hiring someone who is willing to work within your budget. It’s always best to buy the fabric on your own and then have a seamstress work with that, as they tend to charge an overhead on their fabrics. Pick fabrics that suit your tastes and the rest of your decor. To maintain the luxury look, think silks, damasks, and linen for your fabric choices. Don’t forget to add black-out curtains in all the bedrooms, as every hotel offers them. Enjoy your luxe curtains, they will open the window to the home of your dreams.
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