How many times have you spent a night or two in a beautiful boutique hotel and wished that you could bring that sumptuous, statement decor into your own home? That luxurious, contemporary look is sleek and bold, but ultimately all about comfort. With a few pieces of statement furniture, you can bring your luxury getaway into your home, by recreating the look of a boutique hotel.
Bold bedroom statements
As celebrity interior designer Linda Barker states, “The bed is the focal point in any bedroom and we need to think about luxury and style and elegance”[i]. By picking a bed frame in a bold colour, such as a luxurious metallic gold or silver, or maybe even a striking black, you really can make the bed the focal point of the room. Don’t forget that statements can also be made with day beds and chaise longue; why not keep the decor of the room simple but include a subtly sprawling scroll shaped chaise longue?
Harmony and unity
The best boutique hotels have coherence, or even a theme, to their furnishings; similar looks can be generated by carrying the style of your furniture through from your bed to your storage and side tables. For example, choosing the ornate opulence of a Chantilly French bed frame and carrying this style through to matching bedside cabinets, wardrobes and a dressing table will create unity within your look, but will also produce a bold statement without overpowering the room – an idea which all of the best boutique hotels adhere to.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise
From using opulent gold and silver leaf mirrors as wall art through to luxurious dressing table sets, or even sweet-but-unusual heart shaped chests of drawers, the finishing touches should not be overlooked. For example, House to Home magazine suggests using a narrow console table, chair and mirror to create a makeup station to get ready at in the morning[ii]; these little touches ensure a room is sleek and stylish yet still functional and homely.
Are you sitting comfortably?
One of the biggest bug-bears of a modern hotel is not having enough adequate seating within the bedrooms. To make sure you’re sitting comfortably, create a cosy corner of the bedroom to include an ornate chair; high backed chairs give an air of opulence to a room, or alternatively a window seat could be created using a bench-style chair underneath a bay window. This rule also applies throughout your home; from a stylish hallway to an open plan family kitchen-diner, you can never have too much seating, and by choosing unusual pieces you will create an eclectic, yet stylish and homely look, reminiscent of the boutique hotel experience.