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How to Create a Hotel Chic Bedroom

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

Who can resist the lure of a plush hotel room?

Who can resist the lure of a plush hotel room?

Think back to your last vacation and remember the exquisite hotel room you called home if only for a short time. It’s a place where luxury abounds and relaxation is a top priority. Want to get the same chic look and feel at home? You can transform your ordinary bedroom into a 5-star retreat with a few simple changes.

Hotels use obvious psychology. They are masters at pampering guests. Fresh, crisp linens, fluffy towels and fabulous furnishings welcome and envelop you in all their blissfulness. No wonder we never want to go home. That’s just want they want. They want us to return again and again.

However, multiple vacations each year are a luxury that most of us can't afford. So why not recreate the look of a chic hotel in your master suite? That way you can enjoy the feeling of being on holiday 365 days a year without ever having to leave home.

Luxurious Bed and Bedding

When surveyed after a recent hotel stay most guests responded that the number one thing they remember is the comfort of the bed and bedding. Some luxury hotel chains like The W, Westin, Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons sell their own proprietary mattresses and bedding to the public. Hampton Inn even advertises their Home Collection, which includes pillows, bedding, mattresses, bath items and travel accessories.

So let’s start with your bed. Are you happy with your current mattress and bedding? If not, you may want to research your favorite hotel’s website for replacements. If that’s a bit beyond your budget you can put a top-notch bed together on your own by following these easy tips:

  1. Purchase the best mattress, box springs and frame you can afford. Consider it an investment for your health and well being. Try it out in the store. Make sure you’ll be happy with it for at least 8 to 10 years.
  2. Bed pillows are another major investment that are worth their weight in gold. There’s almost nothing worse than sleeping on an inferior bed pillow. Select down or a quality down alternative for the longest lasting, most comfortable choice.
  3. Use a duvet cover, down comforter and tailored bedskirt to get that true hotel look. Don’t forget matching pillow shams.Keep the color palette as neutral as possible.
  4. Make sure you purchase crisp, white cotton sheets and pillows cases with a thread count of at least 300. Be wary if you find a sheet set with a high thread count at a bargain price.This generally means they are of poor quality and won’t last very long.
  5. Add at least one or two coordinating throw pillows. A monogrammed pillow really adds to the tailored hotel chic look.
You can easily recreate this dreamy hotel bed at home.

You can easily recreate this dreamy hotel bed at home.

Calming Paint Color

Select a neutral paint color that complements your bedroom furniture. Don't think that neutral has to be boring. If you have dark espresso furniture try a pale blue similar to Tiffany's signature blue on your bedroom walls. Or do a search of upscale hotel property websites and copy the color scheme you like most.

An oversize headboard and soothing paint color are just the touches to transform your bedroom into a chic boutique hotel room.

An oversize headboard and soothing paint color are just the touches to transform your bedroom into a chic boutique hotel room.

Impressive Headboard

There’s nothing better than propping your pillows up on a substantial headboard to read or watch TV. Purchase or make one that’s tall enough to make a definite statement in the room. Upholstered is better and tufted is best.

A tufted headboard adds a touch of elegance to any bedroom.

A tufted headboard adds a touch of elegance to any bedroom.

Lighting Choices

Wall-mounted, hanging pendants or bedside table lamps are a must for reading and working in bed. Make sure you have ample overhead lighting available when you need it. Hang a classic chandelier or large drum shade pendant in the center of the room. Install a dimmer to control the amount of light. A stylish floor lamp is the perfect lighting touch for a reading nook or writing desk.

Lighting and curtains are key elements of your hotel bedroom.

Lighting and curtains are key elements of your hotel bedroom.

Window Treatments

Ever notice that you tend to sleep in late when you’re staying in a hotel? That’s partly due to black out curtains or shades. If you enjoy sleeping late, black outs are a must for your hotel chic bedroom. You can either find curtains or shades with integrated black out lining or purchase separate black out panels that hang beneath decorative curtains.

These light blocking hotel curtains allow you to sleep as late as you want.

These light blocking hotel curtains allow you to sleep as late as you want.

Sleek and Neat

What is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a hotel room? Probably the clean lines and lack of clutter. Keep knick-knacks, furniture and artwork to a minimum. You can have clutter and disarray in other areas of your house but don’t let it creep into your bedroom and spoil the effect.

This modern hotel room creates a calm, uncluttered vibe.

This modern hotel room creates a calm, uncluttered vibe.

The Little Extras

If you have the space create a built-in for a mini-fridge and coffee maker. Make sure your have cozy terrycloth robes and slippers available. If you like to work in bed rather than at a desk, purchase a lap desk. Make sure you have an easily programmable alarm clock with features such as music or nature sounds. Apps for your smartphone will give you the same features and even more. It will lull you to sleep with white noise and gently wake you up with your favorite music.

Don't forget to create a spa bathroom for your very own hotel suite. Don't forget to add plenty of white, fluffy cotton towels. Quality soaps, cleansers and hair products are a must. Conserve counter space by affixing your hair dryer and magnifying mirror onto the wall. If you live in a chilly climate install a heated towel rack in the bathroom. Buy a hotel-quality shower curtain and hang it on a curved rod. It's another space-saving idea from the world of hotel living.

Soft, white towels give your bathroom that spa resort feel.

Soft, white towels give your bathroom that spa resort feel.

Now that you have the hotel suite of your dreams right at home you may not feel the need to get away as often. Long live hotel chic.

© 2013 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 30, 2015:

Mr Savage, I will check out that book. Thank you so much for commenting!

David from Mexico on April 30, 2015:

Yeah the most important think is to eliminate the clutter, there is a book that changed my life about organization, its by Marie Kondo, I highly recommend it in order to have that chick room that is tidy and looks luxurious.

Yeah a headboard matches almost every architecture, but a minibar is not good for people like me. LOL

Thanks for posting.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 11, 2013:

Vellur, you are welcome. So happy you liked these suggestions! :)

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 11, 2013:

ishwaryaa22, thank you so much for reading this Hub! Yes, there's nothing like the luxury of a hotel room, but as you found, it is easy to get the same look and feel right at home. Take care! :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 11, 2013:

Beautiful!! Great ideas and tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 11, 2013:

Wow! A superbly written hub with fantastic suggestions! I have often travelled to foreign countries and stayed in plush hotels. I recall that my stays at the hotel bedrooms were incredible and exhilarating. I love to adopt some of your wonderful suggestions mentioned here. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons except funny. Voted up, pinned & shared

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on March 06, 2013:

starstream, I think you've got things under control. Your newly decorated bedroom sounds like the perfect retreat. It is nice you can make it just like you want! I too, love shopping for bargains. It makes decorating all the more fun. How boring it would be to have an open checkbook--there's no challenge in that! :)

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on March 06, 2013:

Now that I am almost single again I feel free to decorate my bedroom as I wish it to be. In fact it is nearly completed now. I have my office in the corner and love my new corner desk, artsy, shabby chick, country style! Thanks for all the comfy tips . I enjoy shopping for a discount and have found some great collectibles too for décor.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 20, 2013:

You are so welcome, teaches. Wouldn't it be great to end each day in one of those luxurious rooms? Ahhhhhh! :)

Dianna Mendez on January 20, 2013:

I could really enjoy a room like made to look like one of these hotel bedrooms. I do agree that a good pillow on the bed makes sleep better and enjoyable. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 19, 2013:

Yes, Debbie, nothing beats time at a luxurious hotel! Thanks for your comment! :)

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 19, 2013:

I love this I love going to a nice Hotel I feel so pampered and this hub looks so beautiful

blessings

Debbie

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

Mary, wouldn't it be a great place to come home to? Gotta work on that! So glad you enjoyed the decorating suggestions and thanks for the votes! :)

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

Thanks vespawoolf! I've always thought that color combination would be divine. Moving is not my favorite thing, but if you're like me, it's worth it just for the decorating! :)

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

Om, and how about juice, coffee or tea in the morning as a great start to the day. I've always wanted to set up a coffee station/fridge in the bedroom, but then I talk myself out of it when I think about having another area to clean! :p

Mary Craig from New York on January 17, 2013:

Wouldn't it be great to have that big, comfy, hotel room in your own house! Great ideas and hints Linda.

Voted up and useful.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 17, 2013:

What great ideas! I especially love the idea of espresso furniture and tiffany blue walls. All the lighting and linens tips are very useful, too. We're in the process of moving so I plan on putting these tips to use in our new bedroom. Thanks!

Om Paramapoonya on January 17, 2013:

Thanks for these lovely tips, Linda! I like the mini fridge idea. I don't work in my bedroom that often, but sometimes I wake up thirsty in the middle of the night. So having some cool drinks nearby should be awesome, especially in the summer.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

english-zone, hotel room touches like these can really make an ordinary bedroom a sanctuary. Thank you for visiting my Hub!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on January 17, 2013:

Carol, this can even be done on a shoestring budget (which is what I intend to do!) So glad you stopped by to read. Thanks ever so much for the vote and pin!

english-zone on January 16, 2013:

I am agree with carol7777, when we have this hotel room in our house it will be more comfortable to stay in. A nice and useful hub...

carol stanley from Arizona on January 16, 2013:

it would be so cool to have this hotel room in my house. I never thought of some of the beautiful amenities and use them. Great hub ..voting up and pinning.

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