How To Make Your Home Feel Like a Luxury 5-Star Hotel

There’s something exciting about staying in a luxury hotel, sleeping on its soft yet firm mattress, and taking in the uniform colors and clutter-free decor.

Although the chances of ordering breakfast in bed don’t work the same at home, just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t have that same luxurious yet comfortable hotel feeling.

Add A Pop Of Color To One Of Your Walls

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Photo: Dan gold / Unsplash

Paint is an inexpensive way to make a big difference. Painting one wall will give it a pop of color that will completely change the overall feel of the room.

Be careful about the color you choose, though, as it can affect the mood of the room.

Add A Refreshment Station

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Photo: @urhomeurstyle / Instagram

This is an especially good idea to add to your guest room. The inclusion of a little refreshment station with coffee, tea, and biscuits on a small dressing table is an inexpensive way to give the room character and make yourself feel pampered.

Include Some Fresh Flowers In Your Decor

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Photo: Eea Ikeda / Unsplash

Many luxurious hotels include flower arrangements as centerpieces to their tables as a way of bringing the outdoors inside. Make it a new habit to add real flowers to your decor and choose their colors depending on the room’s color palette.

Refresh Your Sheets

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Photo: Nik Lanus / Unsplash

Here is a trick by Jon de la Cruz, an architect and interior designer, to refresh a new set of sheets with a DIY lavender and rose essential oil spray.

Add a few capfuls of vodka into a pint-sized spray bottle of distilled water, then add about 20 drops of the essential oils. Iron it into the sheets and lie in a bed of luxury.

Put A Fluffly Rug Around The Bed For A Soft Landing

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Photo: Jelena Mirkovic / Unsplash

Find some small rugs that you love, made of something soft and warm like sheepskin, and spread them around the sides of your bed.

This will make a difference first thing in the morning, when you get out of bed and your feet touch the soft fluffy fabric instead of the cold, hard floor.

A Good Entrance Will Leave An Impression

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Photo: @lara.interiors/ Instagram

A statement piece at the entrance will not only make a great first impression, but it will also leave a lasting impression on the overall design of your home.

Think of it like a lobby that you want to make feel both welcoming and elegant, but that will also be practical as an entrance space.

Match The Scents Of Your Bathroom Products

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Photo: Christian Mackie / Unsplash

One of the tricks hotels use in their bathrooms is unifying the products like soaps, lotions, air fresheners, and shampoos, so they all emulate the same refreshing smell without clashing. Trying doing the same from the comfort of your home.

Invest In Fancy Soft Towels

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Photo: Denny Muller / Unsplash

Part of the luxurious feel of hotels comes from their towels, which usually come in a set of three (hand towel, bath towel, and face towel) that all match. “Proudly display crisp white, fluffy towels like the kind you would find in a fancy hotel or spa,” says Drew Henry, founder of design firm Design Dudes.

Try to pick a fluffy material in a solid color that matches the bathroom.

Minimize Any Clutter

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Photo: Alberto Castillo / Unsplash

Fancy hotel rooms never feel messy. In fact, their emptiness is often part of their appeal.

Try to incorporate that feeling into your home by assigning one drawer out of sight to store everyday clutter. This will leave the rest of your space feeling spacious and relaxing.

Include A Statement Reading Nook

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Photo: Brina Blum / Unsplash

If you have space in your bedroom, invest in a statement armchair as a spot to read and relax. Throw a comfy cushion and blanket on it, and set a small table on the side with books and magazines or a journal.

Treat Yourself To A Matching Bathrobe And Slipper Set

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Photo: @angelabareyork / Instagram

Pamper yourself and pretend you’re at a spa at home by wearing a matching pair of fluffy slippers and a big soft bathrobe.

Instead of PJs, you can wear this around the house even while you do dishes, and it’ll just make you feel more relaxed. Plus, it does not restrict your movement, so you can easily hop into a warm bath once you’re done.

Choose A Peaceful And Uniform Color Palette

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Photo: Alecandra Gorn / Unsplash

Here is a secret directly from a hotel owner when deciding on a color palette for your home: “I firmly believe that a neutral color palette leads to a calm, serene sense of mind… each guestroom is decorated in a soft, neutral palette of pale blues, beiges, and creamy white,” she explains.

You can then expand the neutral palette to your upholstery, and drapes, and only use accents to give the extra pop of color.

Calm Down The Room With Warm Lighting

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Photo: Christopher Jolly / Unsplash

Have you noticed how most hotels have multiple lamps around the room, especially at the sides of the bed? Although they make nice decor, especially as they are usually set in a symmetrical pair, their lighting also keeps the room feeling comfortable and warm. Consider switching out your lightbulbs for ones with lower wattage.

Switch Out Your Blinds For Drapes

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Photo: Jenna Beekhuis / Unsplash

Here is an easy way to instantly make any room seem more luxurious. Replacing blinds or curtains with drapes gives the room a dramatic, almost theatrical, addition and complements the rest of the space lavishly.

Add A Series Of Throw Pillows To All Your Upholstery

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Photo: Neonbrand / Unsplash

Think of throw pillows as accessories that can brighten up any piece of furniture and give that extra pop you need to the room. Choose bright, full pillows that coordinate with the color palette of your room. Mix and match to play with textures and blends.

Although they say you can never have too many pillows, you don’t want to overwhelm the space, either.

Little Molding Shapes Can Go A Long Way

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Photo: @a_touch_of_style / Instagram

A little molding on a wall will automatically make that space feel more Victorian and fancier. You don’t have to add a lot, just some work along the baseboard or across the ceiling in a simple single shape will create all the depth you need.

Make Your Bed Every Day

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Photo: Kim Schouten / Unsplash

Who doesn’t love that every time you go into your hotel room, the bed is already made and ready for you to dive into its comfort and rest? Do the same for yourself by starting out the day by making your bed—yes, with the throw pillows and the sheets all properly tucked in.

Try White Sheets

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Photo: Sylvie Tittel / Unsplash

Most fancy hotels have only white sheets because they are associated with high standards of cleanliness. By changing all your sheets to white too, they will blend in with your walls and linen and give the room a classy appearance with no distractions. This will also make it easier to fall asleep.

It’s All In The Small Details

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Photo: Samantha Gades / Unsplash

Although hotel rooms aren’t very busy, they pay attention to small details that give the room a specific character, feel, and design. You can do the same with little touches like leaving a glass and a water carafe on the bedside table beside an alarm clock and notepad.

Fill Up The Walls With Art

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Photo: Jonny Caspari / Unsplash

It is the artwork on the walls that really takes the room from feeling like a house to a home. Vary it between family photos and printed art, or even get creative and create your own.

However, you don’t need every wall and every inch of it to be filled, as that can also close up space by making it feel too busy instead of open it up.