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Giving Your Bedroom the Feel of a Swanky Hotel – On a Budget

Last Updated on October 25, 2011

Do you love staying in luxury hotels? Does returning home after a holiday hit you hard because you hate your own bedroom? If so, these tips will help you to turn your home into a local luxury hotel that you’ll look forward to returning to each night.

The magic of hotels

A huge part of the appeal of a luxury hotel is that the room screams quality. It’s spacious, clean, and comfortably furnished. To recreate that feel, all you need to do is invest in some comfortable furniture, and get rid of any clutter in the room. Your bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation. You don’t need exercise equipment, entertainment gear, or anything other than a bed, wardrobe, and dressing table in your bedroom.

Designing for luxury

Luxurious doesn’t have to mean expensive. If your existing furniture is getting a bit tattered, replace it with something simple, but high quality. Budget beds of the kind sold by most mattress discounters are just as good as the beds offered at most hotels, but hotel beds feel nicer because they’re freshly made with clean linen every day. If you had a maid making your bed every day it would probably feel luxurious too!

Again, simplicity is key with the rest of the furnishings. Give yourself plenty of space to hang up clothes, lay out your cosmetics, and get ready on a morning. Clutter makes rooms feel smaller, so try to avoid it as much as possible. Simple, clean furnishings are the order of the day.

Luxury hotels spend a lot of time concentrating on lighting. They usually offer a general room light, strip lights, and focused lights around key areas – e.g. reading lamps near the bed, and lights on the dressing table too. Lighting is one area where it is worth spending extra money, so the funds you save by investing in budget beds and simple tables can go towards high quality functional and mood lighting for your room.

Keeping the hotel atmosphere

Sadly, most people can’t afford cleaners and maid service for their own home. If you’re not a millionaire, then you’ll need to do your own cleaning. Instead of making a monumental effort once every few weeks, try building some time into your daily schedule to keep the room in hotel-like shape.

It takes a housekeeping worker at a hotel approximately 12 minutes to clean a hotel room and the en-suite bathroom. If you emulate their working pattern and spend a few minutes each evening tidying up your room, you’ll be able to keep on top of the clutter that inevitably builds up.

Once you get into the habit of doing a little work each day, it will quickly become second nature, and you’ll gradually get quicker at performing the tasks you need to do. The thought of adding to your housework list may not seem appealing right now, but if you give it a try you’ll probably find that you’re more relaxed, and much happier, in a clutter free, luxurious environment. This is one piece of work that’s definitely worthwhile.

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of The Original Factory Shop, the mattress discounters and budget beds supplier. James writes on subjects relating to homes including interior design tips.

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