How to Make Your Bedroom Look Like a Boutique Hotel Suite
Growing up, I was hopelessly enchanted by the life of Eloise – the sophisticated, always elusive and self-confident fictional six-year-old who lives on the “upper floor” of the Plaza Hotel. Living like the children’s literary character, Eloise – “gliding” in the elevators, twirling under the dripping crystal chandeliers of the great hall and calling a splendid pink suite “home” – was an infinitely romantic notion. It’s always like that.
To enter the golden revolving doors of a hotel is to enter another, much more beautiful world. A place where crisp linens, fluffy pillows, and dimly lit bars that feature impressive lists of imaginative cocktails envelop us in the utmost comfort and indulgence.
This vision of utopia is something that designer and hotelier, Anouska Hempel, has always seemed to recognize. Before her, the model of the luxury hotel industry consisted in homogenizing the rooms, however far apart they may be. Lady Weinberg, to use her official title, pioneered the boutique hotel concept with its founder, Blakes, which opened in London in 1978.
With its glimmering bohemian excesses and decadent rooms inspired by a well-worn passport, Blakes is lovingly described by Hempel as “a whole world in a hotel”, providing the ultimate “home away from home”. Designed in the midst of a personally challenging time, Hempel says, “I channeled my energy into creating the kind of oasis I wanted to live in and get away from it all,” acknowledging that when designed with care, a hotel leaves us dreaming, “if only I could stay forever”.
On Monday, October 17, Lady Weinberg received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year celebration. Recognized as the Oscars of the interior industry and the jewel of the design calendar, the awards were founded by Martin Waller in 1996 to fill what he called “a great void in the recognition of extraordinary talent in interior design” and to celebrate designers. on the world stage.
In honor of Hempel’s unparalleled retreats, here are a few carefully selected elements to make your room feel like a dazzling hotel suite.
“I don’t think there should be a huge difference between a hotel room and a bedroom at home,” says Kit Kemp, co-founder and creative director of Firmdale Hotels, and 2008 winner of the interior designer of the year. “Both should be fun, both should have a bit of drama, and both should be comfortable.”
A good night’s sleep is central to every aspect of our lives, so start with your bed. Hempel recommends investing in an extra-deep 12-inch mattress with a thick, plush topper. For a hotel-worthy focal point, opt for the largest bed the room can fit. Place it in the center of the space and work symmetrically around it, adding a bedside table and a wall sconce on either side.
Encouraging a sense of height, take inspiration from Kemp’s iconic Ham Yard and Covent Garden hotels by choosing a tall, towering headboard. Like a wallpapered wall, a headboard upholstered in an idyllic floral band or a bold geometric trellis design draws your gaze to the center of a room. Then the rest of the bedding scheme can be kept neutral, allowing the colors to pop against the surrounding canvas.
All-white linens paired with an extra plush down duvet create a cloud-like cocoon. Alternatively, you can opt for a bedding set with Oxford edging – that classic double row of drawstring densely stitched around the edge. Sheridan’s Hotel Luxury Collection brings you indulgent 1,200 thread count sheets in these elegantly streamlined styles.
Hempel is a proponent of a sturdy arrangement of six to eight padded pillows – the more the better. For that five-star hotel-quality sleep, think about how you tend to sleep. Front sleepers will be happier with down filling as it flattens to keep the neck and spine healthily aligned, while side and back sleepers may be happier with the support of a foam pillow thicker shape memory.
“It’s very important to have a sense of arrival,” says Kemp. “I like to create interiors that evoke a feeling.” Upon entering a posh lobby, there always seems to be a divine aroma wafting through the air. As the 20th century writer Marcel Proust so aptly acknowledged, our sense of smell has the power to create some of the strongest feelings and memories. Channel it at home by choosing a signature scent for your bedroom, like the Keys Soulcare Sage + Oat Milk Candle, which is perfect for lovers of creamy, subtly sweet scents. For an autumnal, woodsy aroma, consider Malin + Goetz’s Leather Candle which features notes of muted florals, lightly worn leather, and sultry sandalwood.
Finally, add the finishing touch – elevate your at-home wardrobe with a monogrammed terrycloth bathrobe for the ultimate in comfort. Keep slippers next to your bed to replicate a chic turndown service. Consider conveniences like having a charging station and a glass of water by your bedside. Create a refreshment station filled with coffee, tea and cookies on a decorative serving tray on your dressing table. And fill a clear glass container with a romantic display of your favorite flowers. Now you won’t want to leave!