10 easy ways to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel

Knowing how to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel is easy when you have insider and expert advice...

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Transform any space by following these expert tips for how to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel. From simple tricks like adding extra pillows to clever buys such as oversized bedding.

Now feels like the perfect time of year to give your sleeping arrangements a refresh and reset to encourage a better night's sleep like that of an overnight stay in a luxury hotel, to make you feel energised and well-rested.

Aside from buying hotel pillow brands and learning how to make a bed like a hotel housekeeper, we've discovered other simple ways to make your bedroom feel expensive and give your boudoir a plush makeover. 

How to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel

According to interior experts and bedding specialists, these are the simple steps to take if you want to give your bedroom an upgrade that will make the space look and feel more luxurious like a five-star hotel room. 

1. Opt for oversized bedding

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No matter what type feels like the best duvet for you, whether a feather option or a modern hollow-fibre design, the key to making it feel hotel-worthy is the size you choose. 

As potentially one of the most important elements of a bedroom, Georgia Metcalfe, founder of French Bedroom explains how 'size matters' when it comes to duvets.

“Using a duvet that is a size bigger than your mattress," she suggests. "For example, a super king duvet on a king-size bed will create a hotel feel and instantly make the room more luxurious.” 

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Georgia Metcalfe

French Bedroom founder & creative director Georgia Metcalfe fuses creativity and design to produce authentic and thoughtful bedroom decor. From luxury beds and premium bed linen, the collections highlight the very best in French design.

2. Seek the softest sheets

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There's no better feeling than sliding into a hotel bed with the softest sheets, so to make your bed feel like a hotel bed opt for the best sheets to dress it in luxury – white bed sheets in either silk or a high Egyptian cotton thread count like 400. 

“Often five-star hotel rooms are centred around creating a moment of luxury for guests, so when it comes to bedding they tend to invest in high-quality sheets," explains bedding expert, James Higgins at Ethical Bedding

Thread count is important too as it’s normal to think the higher the better, but that’s not the case, you need to look out for single ply too. Opt for bedding with a single-ply thread count of 300-400 for that hotel bedding feel. Single-ply is higher quality than double-ply."

3. Pile on the pillows

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No luxury hotel is complete without the best pillows because the key is to dress beds with plentiful comfort.

Pair your generous duvet with down pillows and stack two pairs upright against the bed head, followed by smaller square pillows in front then velvet or silk scatter cushions that compliment the colour of the room. 

"Pull the duvet up to the pillows, fold it back on itself, creating what’s called an ‘apron effect’, then tuck the duvet under the mattress, for that true ‘hotel tucked’ bed style," advises Georgia.

Ensure you cater to your comfort levels with tailored pillows for specific sleep needs, from the best thin pillows to the smart hybrid pillows or Emma memory foam pillows. "Hotels offer a range of pillows which is a nice touch, as some prefer a firm pillow, while some prefer soft," adds Richard.

4. Seek ambient lighting

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Choose a mix of lighting to create different moods in the bedroom and give it a more considered, luxury feel – the same way as you would when looking to make a home feel cosy

Georgia reveals, “Hotels put a lot of thought into the lighting in their rooms, so layer your bedroom lighting with low-level table lights on the bedside tables, as well as a central ceiling chandelier, and also includes wall lights and large mirrors to add a cosy, inviting feel that works both day and night.”

5. Streamline the layout

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Styling the room can take it from homely, to a beautiful bedroom that feels more like a luxury hotel. Decluttering your bedroom to streamline the space makes for a more luxe approach to the layout. "Don’t overcrowd the room," warns Georgia. 

"One of the simplest, yet most effective ways of adding a luxurious, hotel look to your bedroom is avoiding clutter," says interiors expert Laura Burnett from Feather & Black.

"Having numerous, often mismatched items around the room can be distracting. Keeping a clean and clear space can convey luxury with very little effort. Large storage options can help you achieve this look, whether you opt for a statement chest of drawers or an ottoman storage-style bed."

Arranging your bedroom using the principles of Feng Shui works well to create a luxury layout – with the bed being the focal point of the room, to signify that it's a place of rest and restoration first and foremost.

“Things to pay special attention to are practicalities like positioning your bedside tables near power points. Less is more when it comes to decoration and trinkets, choose books instead of ornaments and large mirrors instead of multiple small ones."

6. Create a calming colour palette

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Bold interior paint colour trends are not off-limits, but when looking to create a luxury hotel-style bedroom, cohesive colour is the key. Georgia advises, “One of the most notable elements of luxury rooms is the colour scheme, as it defines all choices for the rest of the room.” Think along the lines of the 'Quiet Luxury' trend.

“To create a calming, luxury feel, either choose neutral colours like fawn, taupe, and creams or go dark with navy blues and deep greens.” Dulux's Colour of the Year 2024 is a personal favourite to get the look.

Also, it's not just about the best bedroom paint colour she believes bedding, curtains, flooring, and artwork should all be aligned with this, and try to stick to something simple and continued.

Meanwhile, to transform your bedroom like a hotel, Feng Shui specialist Marites Allen advises: “A bedroom is a place of rest and therefore two of the best colours to use are blue and green – because psychologically when we look at these two colours, it creates electronic waves in our brains to feel more settled, and healed or calm.” Sage green is a great calming shade if you're looking to create a serene space.

7. Make considered furniture choices

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To create a cohesive, inviting room, the experts say we should avoid picking ‘suite’ style bedroom sets. Georgia explains: “Start with the bed first, something that draws the eye like a modern four-poster, a statement emperor bed, or silk upholstered bed head. Then choose minimal, practical furniture that works harmoniously and doesn’t clutter the room.” 

To help a bedroom feel like a boutique hotel, she suggests choosing a velvet bedhead in grey or a more opulent look for French-style upholstered beds with ornate detailing. Statement headboards are one of the biggest bedroom trends for 2024.

Try painting or reupholstering items you own to save on buying many new pieces.

"Classic hardware including chairs, vanity sets, and wardrobes can set the tone for your bedroom," says Laura, "Wooden furniture pieces can significantly increase a room’s luxurious feel."

8. Dress the windows

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When looking to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel it's important to layer window treatments to ensure your bedroom delivers a good night's sleep but also looks well-dressed.

"Dress your windows with long drapes to make them a feature," advises Georgia. 

"Using blackout curtains is a quick and simple way to add an element of luxury to your bedroom, as well as being incredibly practical," adds Lucy. "Not only do they darken your room to give you a better night’s sleep, but they also provide a highly luxurious feel to your bedroom with a hotel-room finish you’ll love coming home to."

9. Add stylish finishing touches

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A well-dressed bedroom instantly feels more worthy of five-star status, because the devil is in the detail for adding a touch of opulence. 

"For anyone hesitant to incorporate a bright colour scheme into the bedroom, a decorative throw or blanket can be the ideal way to add a pop of colour to a neutral-toned hotel-style room," says Lucy. "A throw or blanket at the end of the bed can tie the room together and make the bed the focal point of the room, adding a luxurious feel."

"If adding a throw or blanket isn’t quite to your taste, investing in other statement pieces, such as wall art can be one of the easiest ways to make your bedroom feel luxurious," adds Lucy. "Focus on a few key pieces rather than filling your walls – the larger the wall art, the more impactful and luxurious the finish."

10. Upgrade the mattress

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For mattresses, Georgia added, “That well-rested feeling you get after a night in a hotel is down to the plush luxury mattress. Choose extra support from pocket springs, breathability from natural materials, and quality hand-craftsmanship.”

If your budget doesn't stretch to a new mattress the addition of one of the best mattress toppers can still prove transformative. 

If a topper simply won't cut it and you need to change your mattress look for a seasonal discount on one of the best mattresses, to make the long-term investment more affordable. 

For a quality choice that won't set you back too much, hit up Emma during one of their Emma mattress sales that take place throughout the year, or look out for Simba mattress sales too.

How can I make my bedroom feel more luxurious? 

"It’s important to decide which aspect of your bedroom is most important to you before you start designing it," explains Rhiannon Johns, interior designer at Piglet in Bed. "If, for example, your bedroom is purely a place of relaxation with your bed at the core, focusing on creating a luxurious bed that you can’t wait to dive into at the end of the day will be the key to success."

"Opt for super-soft bedding such as 100% linen in calming neutrals. Not only does linen look super luxurious, but its temperature-regulating abilities will see you ease into a wonderful deep sleep."

"If, on the other hand, your bedroom doubles as a dressing room, your focus can instead be on creating zones using rugs, different color walls, or wallpaper to mark the dressing room side of the bedroom."

While some of these ideas might feel like more of an investment small touches can still make a huge difference. For instance, keeping your bedroom clean at all times is a surefire way to make it feel more like a hotel, and that doesn't have to involve much effort – try adopting daily habits to keep your room clean and tidy so it never overwhelms you. 

And speaking of overwhelming, always stay on top of organising closets with lots of clothes and laundry piles because strewn clothes might be ok in a real hotel but that's not the look we're after for emulating the luxury vibe for our homes.

Tamara Kelly
Lifestyle Editor

Tamara is a highly experienced homes and interiors journalist, with a career spanning 22 years. Now the Lifestyle Editor of womanandhome.com, she has spent the last 17 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, and it’s with these award-winning interiors teams that she gained a wealth of knowledge and honed her skills and passion for styling and writing about every aspect of lifestyle and interiors.

A true homes and interiors expert, Tamara has served as an ambassador for leading interior brands on multiple occasions, including appearing on Matalan’s The Show and presenting at top interior trend forecasting events such as the Autumn Fair and Spring Fair.

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