How to Make Your Home Feel Like a Chic Hotel
I’m going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret. I love hotels. Staying in a nice hotel is one of my favourite things. Maybe it’s the free cable. Maybe it’s the lack of housekeeping responsibility. Maybe it’s the tiny soaps. Even staying in a hotel in my own city makes me happy.
I’ve been lucky in my travels and have stayed in some great rooms at the Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, Hotel Arts in Calgary, Retro Suites in Chatham, and more. I’m really looking forward to my upcoming stay at Hôtel de Sèze in Paris later this month as well. A chic hotel makes me feel pampered and somehow cooler than I fear I actually am.
Every time I dry my hair with a hair dryer attached to the wall or wrap myself in a white monogramed robe I think about how I could make my own house more like a hotel so I can hold on to that vacation feeling a little bit longer. If you’ve ever wondered the same thing I’ve got a few tips for you.
Develop a Signature Scent
Have a light scent automatically spray into your entryway whenever you come home. Febreeze doesn’t count. Often the first thing you’ll notice about a place, and the strongest memory trigger later on, is the smell. Hotels are on to this and will have scent machines in the lobby that will keep the air lightly perfumed, sometimes with an exclusive scent.
Replace Your Linens
If you want to feel like you’re sleeping in a hotel, get rid of those paisley bed sheets. Almost every hotel room I’ve stayed in has white bedsheets. I know this is because of the volume of laundry they do but white sheets will always say hotel to me. While you’re at it, replace your bedspread with a fluffy white down duvet. If you need a pop of colour add a functionally useless runner at the foot of the bed.
Replace Your Towels
As go the bedsheets, so go the towels. Replace your multi-coloured towels with fluffy white ones to feel like you’re in a hotel spa bathroom. You can try throwing them in the tub when they need laundering but chances are they’ll still be there the next morning, unless you’ve really embraced the hotel idea and hired housekeeping staff.
Only Use Tiny Bottles
In my linen closet lurks a large collection of tiny soaps and teeny bottles of shampoos, condtioners, and lotions collected from hotels across the globe. If you really want to feel like you’re staying at a hotel, only use tiny bottles for all your shower needs. Refill from large bottles if need be.
Play Atmospheric Music While You Eat
Most hotels restaurants wouldn’t be caught with a silent dining room. My recent gourmet meal at The Doctor’s House in Green’s Harbour was accompanied by some light instrumental jazz and, I have to say, it made the meal feel a little more posh. There are online services like Songza or Spotify that can help you out here.
Clear Away Clutter
One thing about hotel rooms, is that they’re almost never cluttered. Keep your house neat and tidy for the max hotel feel.
Hang Some Art
Every hotel room has art and so should yours. If you want to pretend you’re in a chic hotel avoid watercolour landscapes like you’d see in a Motel 6 and instead go with something edgy and abstract. Maybe even artistic photography.
Get a Coffee Machine
Sure, you probably have a coffee maker in your kitchen, but you’re not rocking the hotel chic until you set one up in your bedroom. One of the bits about hotel rooms that I like is practically being able to make a cup of coffee from my bed.
Aside from putting a peephole on my bedroom door or wrapping my tv remote in a plastic jacket, these are a few things that would make any home feel a little more like a luxury hotel. Now, if only I could get regular housekeeping or a bellhop to carry my bags when I come home I could feel like I was in a hotel all the time.
September 8th, 2014 at 7:41 pm (#)
Fun post!! I love, love, love hotels!
P.S. We are going to London and Paris next week, when are you going?
September 8th, 2014 at 8:18 pm (#)
I’m heading there in just under two weeks. My first time in Paris and I’m pretty excited.
September 9th, 2014 at 9:22 pm (#)
Interesting about the signature smell, never thought of it! I love staying in hotels because that means I don’t have to clean… lol
September 9th, 2014 at 10:22 pm (#)
It’s something I first noticed about some hotels back in 2007 on my first trip to New York. I find more and more hotels are doing it now.
September 9th, 2014 at 10:57 pm (#)
Now if only I could get my bathroom to look like a Mandarin Oriental…..
September 10th, 2014 at 9:43 am (#)
If I could fit a jacuzzi tub in my bathroom I’d be eternally happy. My fav thing about some hotel rooms.
September 9th, 2014 at 11:15 pm (#)
Great tips! I love, love, love hotels! Its a luxury for me and an important part of my vacation to find a stylish boutique that makes me happy. I have replaced the sheets to all white as well as the towels. I’m working on the art and love the signature scent -need to add that to my list. If only I could hire the designers from Kimpton or Firmdale to punch up the style factor :-)
September 10th, 2014 at 9:45 am (#)
I love finding a stylish hotel that has a distinct character. Maybe next time I update the decor in my house I should think WWAHD (What Would a Hotel Do)? ;)
September 10th, 2014 at 1:12 am (#)
I love staying in hotels too, but I would never be able to keep those towels hotel white! I tried buying white towels for my bathroom once and they were tie dyed with makeup pretty quickly.
September 10th, 2014 at 9:44 am (#)
Ha! Good point. I guess hotels have heavy duty cleaner to take care of that.
September 10th, 2014 at 5:05 pm (#)
Great tips! I love luxury hotels, but surviving on a backpackers miserly budget mean clean sheets and running water is sometimes a luxury!
September 14th, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)
Nice tips! I am now thinking of making my room a makeover. With this, I think I can relax and sleep.
September 16th, 2014 at 1:42 pm (#)
Good ideas! I think I’m ready to embrace the all white…. maybe not… Apparently I’m still undecided. : P
February 27th, 2015 at 4:53 pm (#)
I just replaced my towels with fluffy white ones this Christmas. Feels like I’m pampering myself every morning. I haven’t designed my own signature scent yet though. ;)
March 17th, 2015 at 4:29 pm (#)
Very interesting ideas Melissa, I will follow some of your tips to change my main room.
Please tell me a few ideas for the kids room (two little girls).