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July 30, 2015

Staycation Décor: Design ideas to steal from luxury hotels

by Kim

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Between busy schedules and budget restrictions, most of us are lucky if we can take a vacation once or twice a year. Give yourself the 5-star treatment and make the most of your everyday staycation by incorporating some these design ideas from luxury hotels into your home.

Curated Art & Textured Walls

Covering each wall with art would be cost prohibitive for most hotels, which is why decorating schemes usually revolve around textured wallpaper and a couple high-impact pieces to add visual interest to the room.

Bring it home: The decorative impact of wallpaper in a bedroom, whether a subtle texture or strong print, vastly surpasses that of painted walls, and can easily carry the weight of your decorating scheme. This will eliminate the need for vast amounts of artwork and accessories to make your bedroom feel complete and cohesive.

Layered window treatments

Luxury hotels layer window treatments to provide the optimum light control experience for guests. During the day, sheers or screen shades provide privacy without completely obstructing the gorgeous view from your hotel window. Combining shades or sheers with drapery will effectively block out light pollution and the rising sun, ensuring a good night’s sleep while on vacation.

Bring it home: Sleep like you’re on vacation and add that finishing touch to your bedroom’s decorating scheme by installing more than one covering at the window. Not sure what type of window treatments to combine? Consider designer screen shades with a blackout liner or simple sheers with custom drapery.

Plush Linens & A Freshly Made Bed

Plush white towels, sumptuous bedding and comfy robes immediately convey a sense of luxury. Combined with a freshly made bed each morning and you have the perfect environment for sleep and relaxation.

Bring it home:  Create the pampered, spa-like atmosphere of a luxury hotel in your master suite by investing in quality soft furnishings, like high thread count sheets and thick, fluffy towels. New linens not in the budget? The simple act of making your bed or refreshing your towels more than once a week will remind you of the maid service you receive on vacation.

Minimal Clutter

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you experience when you insert the keycard into your hotel room door and take a peek at the space you will call home for the duration of the stay. After oohing and ahhing over your accommodations, you’re likely struck by how uncluttered the space is in comparison to your home.

Bring it home: Streamlined hotel décor is a great reminder that a well-decorated room is possible without all the knickknacks and decorative items. So clear surfaces, reduce the amount of throw pillows and tidy up to get that uncluttered luxury hotel look.

Create a seating area

Nearly every hotel room includes a reading space, complete with a decorative arm chair and floor lamp. This feature adds an entirely new zone to the room, transforming the space into a multi-functional environment.

Bring it home: Add a space to sit and relax in your room without having to get in bed with the addition of an accent chair in the bedroom. Not enough room for a plush arm chair? Opt instead for a seat that has a narrower profile. Just make sure to resist using the chair as an additional surface to pile clothes and other belongings on!

What luxury hotel design tricks have your brought home from vacation?

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Kim is a window treatment and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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