With travel still a pipe dream for the time being (though many countries are now exempt from the former 14-day quarantine rule), why not bring a taste of a five-star lifestyle to your own home with these bedroom decor ideas?
A few interiors tweaks will leave you feeling as if you're spending the night in a plush hotel, waking up in the lap of luxury. It's been a tough few months for us all, so why not treat yourself to some home comforts that will make a staycation in your own home a joy.
Luxury hotel expert Catherine Morris, who is also managing director of luxury linen brand, Tielle Love Luxury, provides her top tips on how to escape the reality in your own home by giving your bedroom a luxury makeover.
Set the mood
Firmdale Hotels, the group which boasts venues such as The Soho Hotel and Ham Yard Hotel, has set up an entireonline portalfor bringing a bit of hotel-style luxury to your own home.
"It includes design tips and creative projects, cocktail recipes and even book suggestions from its well-stocked book salon. My personal favourite is theMediterranean G&Trecipe from the cocktail section, a gorgeous treat for the warmer weather with ingredients easily purchased from the local supermarket," Catherine told us.
It starts with the right linen
That fresh-linen feeling is one of the reasons we love hotels so much. Spending a little extra on some high-quality linen and a duvet set can really pay off. John Lewis' ultimate range has been specially crafted to give a real luxury feel.
"The people behindTielle Love Luxuryhave provided guests at the most well-known hotels in the world with a great night’s sleep for over 30 years, thanks to its luxury bed linen, made from the finest quality, ethically sourced yarns. Its luxury fibres and classic, signature white colour ways make for the ultimate hotel-style bedroom in your own home and the perfect night’s sleep," said Catherine.
"Treat yourself to its 200 thread count cool and crisp bed linen set. The smooth, crisp percale linen which makes up the set is cool to the touch, making it perfect for those warm, summer nights. It’s woven from the finest, long staple cotton and is loved by five-star hotels such as The Lanesborough."
If you're happy with your bedding and want to just give what you already have a special added extra, opt for a luxurious finishing touch like a feather bed topper - you'll never look back! Some graphic-print cushions and a knitted throw also give that luxe feel.
...and a cosy bath robe and slippers!
Mood lighting is key
And by mood lighting, we mean candle light. Investing in some fragranced candles will transform your room into a zen space, where you feel ready to relax and unwind. When it comes to scented candles, The White Company is king, with so many beautiful scents on offer. But we also love M&S's candle offering, if you want to spend a little less.
Enjoy a pre-bedtime spa session - with the hotel world's favourite brands
Temple Spaoffers some amazing pamper products and online tips on how to create the ultimate relaxing environment at home. Its products are used in the spas at some of London’s most famous hotel spas. We also love Elemis, another favourite in hotels across the world. You could even opt for a miniature range if you want the full experience!
Run a hot bath, burn some essential oils and relax. Then treat yourself to a DIY facial.
Indulge in some room service
Luxury hotels are well known for their fine dining restaurants, hosted by some of the world’s most renowned chefs. To replicate this experience, check outSupper London, an app which brings some of London’s most sought after restaurants straight to homes in and around the capital. It features top names such as Hakkasan and Jean-Georges at the Connaught, from which you can sample delicacies like wagyu fillet and beluga caviar. Dress to impress and enjoy.
If you’re not in London, contact your favourite fine dining restaurant direct and see if they are offering delivery. You could always opt for something from Deliveroo, too.
Take a virtual tour around some iconic hotel rooms
Some of the UK’s (and the world’s) most amazing five star hotels have 360 degree virtual tours available online. Check out the views from these online tours of theShangri-La Hotel at the Shardand imagine you’re holed up in one of their penthouse suites for the night.
Lauren is deputy editor at woman&home.com in the UK and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren has worked on the woman&home brand for four years. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine. After starting out working for a local paper in Yorkshire, her journalism career took her to Bristol where she hunted out stories for national papers and magazines at Medavia news agency, before landing a job in London working as a lifestyle assistant.
Lauren loves helping people share their stories, bringing experiences to life online, honing her interview techniques with everyone from authors to celebrities, headteachers to local heroes. As well as having a good nose for a story, Lauren has a passion for the English language and years of experience optimizing digital content to reach the widest audience possible. During her time at w&h, Lauren has worked on big brand campaigns like the Amazing Women Awards and assisted in developing w&h expert-approved Buyer's Guides—the place to go if you're looking to splash out on an important purchase and want some trusted advice. In addition to her journalism career, Lauren also has a background in copywriting for prestigious brands such as Inhabit Hotel, eco-development K'in in Tulum, social enterprise The Goldfinger Factory and leading London architect Holland Harvey, using language in all its glorious forms, from detailed guidebooks to snappy social content.
A big fan of adventure, Lauren is also a keen travel writer and loves sharing tips on where to find the best places to eat, drink, and be merry off the beaten track. Lauren has written a series of travel guides for London hotels and loves sharing her insights into a destination's cultural and culinary offerings. If you need a recommendation on any UK destination, she's more than happy to help. At the weekend, you'll usually find her hanging out with her pet cat (or anyone else's pet she can get her hands on), escaping to the countryside, or devouring a good book.
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