You know that feeling when you walk into a nice hotel, your shoulders relax, you take a deep breath (is that lavender?), you look around and you are on vacation. You are away from it all... Wouldn't it be awesome if you felt that way when you came home after a long day at work? All the best hotels use these five tips, try it in your home and feel your own shoulders melt. (And if you're house is on the market, this is a fantastic strategy to stage your house!)
1. GLAM UP YOUR ENTRANCE. It's old advice, but somehow easy to forget. First impressions matter. Put a statement piece in your entrance, some seating for guests to sit if they remove their shoes, fresh flowers, and why not a conversation piece like these quirky animals? "Wow, where did you get the inspiration for those warthogs?" "Well, I've always loved The Lion King..."
2. THE OBJECTS ON YOUR TABLES AND COUNTERS TELL A STORY. The items on display in fine hotel rooms are placed there to take you on a journey. The glossy mag next to the coffee maker with the Turks and Caicos beach on the cover is suggesting you relax (and imagine yourself on a hammock?) while you drink your morning cup. The gorgeous photo book about Tuscany is inviting you to order some Chianti later tonight while snuggle into that leather armchair. And the bathroom is, of course, taking you straight to an Indonesian spa (more on that later). You can absolutely accomplish this in your own home. First, clear everything off your counters and tables. Then, decide what story you want to tell, and place only the objects that tell that story on the counters. Are you an amazing baker who also appreciates fresh healthy food? Display your stand mixer and a bowl of fruit. In your living room, you might display your vase from your journey to Istanbul, and in your bedroom, you display your most heart-warming objects, art from your grandchildren, or poems from a loved one.
3. KEEP THE PAINT PALETTE TIGHT. Different paint colors in each room can be dizzying, and hotels know that gentle, similar colors from room to room make you want to put your feet up and stay awhile. Pick two colors maximum, like the gray and teal above, and vary the shades within this palette.
4. GO LUX ON THE BEDDING. But keep it simple. And white. And so fluffy you will want to collapse on your bed at the slightest glance. The Ritz-Carlton (bed pictured) knows that luxe can mean pure simplicity. Buy the best sheets you can afford, and don't worry about a million throw pillows and coverlets. The quality will speak for itself.
5. YOUR BATHROOM IS NOT A BATHROOM. It's a spa. That's right. Copy everything you can from a spa's playbook when it comes to decorating your bath. Use an all-white color scheme, roll up your towels, arrange the soaps artfully, make it smell heavenly with a bamboo diffuser, and light some white candles. See? Your shoulders are melting already.
hi! i'm leslie.
i'm a wife, mother of two boys, third-generation realtor, clinical psychologist. ('cause, you know, that helps sometimes...)
(oh, and here's my website)