Worldwide, we have been spending a lot of time at home lately. Your bedroom should feel luxurious and like a place to escape. When choosing items for your bedroom it is important to consider room scale. “Hotel style is the feeling of luxury when you walk into a room. It doesn’t have to be done overnight, you can add elements gradually. The most important thing is that there’s something in the room that attracts your eye.” We will walk through how to style your bedroom to feel like a luxury hotel.
When it comes to creating a home sanctuary that you can escape to, it makes sense to borrow from the relaxed-yet-refined style of your favourite hotel retreats. At Ferrari Interiors we know a thing or two about recreating this look at home: It’s about introducing different elements to feast the eye on. Clients come to me with a home filled with brand new, top-end products; yet it doesn’t feel warm and they can’t work out why. By simply layering colours, textures and accessories you can create a room that looks expensive and inviting, and the best bit? It doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Know what you like. It’s tempting to think you have to have your interior style mapped out before meeting with a designer, it’s about knowing what you like and more importantly, not being scared about what you like. You’ve only got to have one key element for us to work with. Anything can be a starting point; a piece of furniture, a favourite colour, a photo you’ve seen online. It gets the ball rolling – I’ve worked a whole house around a piece of fabric! Headboards are the focal point of a bedroom. Whatever style of headboard you choose, it will set the stage for the rest of your decorating in the room.
Shop your house. The secret is to think beyond one focal point, and to have every area in the room accounted for: It’s not enough to have furniture, you need cushions, greenery, mirrors and accessories – they light up and turn on a room, and will set it apart from everybody else’s. I work hard to design an interior look in which all elements are interchangeable between rooms. By using the same palette, you can intermix furniture, rearrange the layout if you’re bored, or ‘shop your house’ for accessories you can swap from room to room.
Want to give your home the five-star treatment? These tips will help you sprinkle some of that hotel magic on your space.
1. Learn to Layer
Choose a simple monochrome palette for your home that will provide continuity and flow between rooms. Next up, layer the room with textures and patterns to ensure the room is cosy and welcoming. For example, mix luxe silky cushions with tactile furry throws. And don’t forget to add black-out curtains in the bedroom. The owner of this bedroom in Abbotsford was stuck. She had bought all the furniture, but the space was stark and she didn’t feel good in the room. We brought in a bold, black and gold wallpaper – it was a brave move but it brings the space to life. I used the print as a starting point, teaming it with a mix of textures from a shimmering golden curtain and plush carpet, to a metallic mirror and crisp white sheets. If a bold patterned wallpaper is too much for you, I suggest considering a textured wallpaper as an alternative to pattern. Grass-weaves or printed textures give warmth and personality and can bring a scheme to life. I like to use wallpaper in most of my projects, even if it’s only in a subtle way.
2. Add Greenery and Fresh Flowers
Drawing inspiration from the beautiful flower arrangements I see in top hotel foyers, I recommend introducing pops of greenery where possible: No matter how simple, fresh flowers and greenery add style and sensory fragrance to make your home feel luxe. Choose thick, waxy leaves for longer lasting arrangements. Orchids are elegant and timeless, and can look great in any room of the house – and if you’re on a budget, cut greenery from your own garden. In my own home, I group arrangements of cuttings in different height vases which work against any backdrop. I experiment with a look and edit; and then keep on editing.
3. Keep your Furniture to Scale
Bedside tables and lamps should be to scale for your space. Table height should be level with the top of the mattress not only for symmetry and style but also for functionality. Keep in mind as well what you want to go on your bedside table. Lighting is important in a bedroom, and a good bedside lamp will be both functional and stylish. Match the style of your bedside lamps to the style of your headboard. If you have a tall ornate headboard, a tall lamp will compliment it well. If your style is more sleek and modern, stick to a sleek modern lamp.