We all get excited when we have booked into a hotel for the weekend. We look forward to the luxurious little touches. We feel like King or Queen for the duration of our stay. So, why don’t we feel like this in our own homes? Most people reading this will say that the answer to that question is easy: we don’t have the money to live like that every day! However, there are ways you can give your home a luxurious feel without a luxury budget. Read on to discover some suggestions that you can incorporate into your abode.
Recreation is key – What makes a hotel so exciting? Why do we look forward to staying in one? For the most part, it comes down the recreational style of living. You can stroll out of your hotel room and take a dip in the pool or enjoy a sauna. You can head to the gym and workout in the morning if you want to. The options are endless, and living is easy. Of course, we are not suggesting that you build a swimming pool in your back garden. Nevertheless, there are some ways that you can create a more recreational style of living. Check out this backyard fort inspiration to get started. Creating a home gym is easy. This doesn’t mean you need to go all out and have every possible piece of gym equipment. Start off with one piece of equipment and build your way up. Something as simple as putting a treadmill in front of a television can feel like a lavish upgrade. And, what about pampering yourself? Well, it is all about giving your bathroom the spa feel. Hang up plush robes on the bathroom door for when you get out the shower. Buy yourself a good selection of rejuvenating face masks and other spa products so that you can pamper yourself. You could also create a space in your home for unwinding or doing light activity like yoga. The options are endless. It is all about being creative with the space that you have available to you, and using it in a manner that makes living easier and more enjoyable.
It is all about layers – Layers can turn a bog standard room into a luxury penthouse suite. This may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not! A layered room is one that looks plush yet comfortable. If you walk into any expensive hotel room, you will notice the layered appearance. The main floor will typically be one that is resilient and hard yet undeniably lavish, such as hardwood, travertine, or marble. They will then build on this with a gorgeous rug, which will take center-stage within the entryways and seating areas. The layering does not end there! The room will be finished off with curtains and decorative trims and pillows. Look for elegant trims and pillows that are going to accent your chairs and sofas. You don’t need to spend a fortune on these elements. Simply spend what your budget will allow. You can pick up gorgeous cushions nowadays in bargain retail stores and no one will notice the difference.
Add greenery and flowers to every room in your property – This is another easy and affordable way to give your property the luxury treatment it deserves. There are so many reasons why greenery and flowers come advised. Firstly, let’s state the obvious; flowers look beautiful. They add an elegant and romantic touch to any room in which they are placed. Secondly, they smell delightful. Scent is one of our most powerful senses, and creating a lavish environment is all about engaging all the senses. It is not just about what you can see. It is about what you can touch, smell, and hear too. After all, there is nothing luxurious about hearing next door’s arguments every evening is there? So, flowers are great for engaging smell and sight. They will lift any room in which they are placed. This is also because plants produce oxygen, and so they will boost the quality of air in your home as well, allowing for a much more comfortable living.
Organise your space well – Another thing you will have no doubt noticed about hotels is that the space is always very well organised. It does not matter how big or small the area is, it is organised to perfection. There are shelves, tables, and bookcases that appear like an interior designer has outfitted them (and that’s probably because they did!). Don’t let this discourage you, though. While you may not have an interior expert to arrange the space in your property, you can certainly learn a thing or two from them. Have a browse on the likes of Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration, and read through some design magazines too. You will get a feel for what a well-designed room really looks like. And, most importantly, get rid of that clutter! There is nothing luxurious or elegant about stacks of clutter, is there? You can use decorative bowls and baskets to deal with this. You should also chuck out the things you don’t really need. Once you have gotten the clutter down to an acceptable level – and this means there is no clutter left at all! – you need to enforce the one in, one out rule. This means that whenever you buy something new for your home you need to get rid of something else in order to accommodate it.
Invest in lavish lighting – A lot of people underestimate the profound impact that lighting has on any space. A hotel is never dreary or dark. Hotels are always lit to perfection, with the likes of mood lighting, art lights, wall sconces, side lamps, and chandeliers. As you will see here, the key to successful lighting in any place is variation. If you are relying on one harsh overhead to light up any room in your property, you are making a big mistake. The best thing to do is have a variety of lighting so that you can easily tailor the lighting to suit the mood in the room, the time of day, and the activity you are doing. Dimmers are a great investment, enabling you to control the brightness of the light. It is also important to let as much natural light into your property as possible. If you can afford to go through the process of having new windows installed or getting skylights installed, great! However, this is not necessary. There are some clever tricks you can make the most of to flood more light into your property. This includes installing large mirrors in rooms so that the light bounces off the surface and back into the room. In fact, any type of reflective surface, glossy surface, or Metallic accessory will have a similar impact. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this makes.
Make sure your entryway is as luxe as the rest of the house – What is your entryway like at present? Is it simply a place whereby you dump your bags, shoes, and coats? Most people will answer ‘yes’ to this question. However, when you think about it, your entryway should probably be the most lavish part of your home. After all, this is the first thing that people are going to see when they arrive at your property, and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. If your entryway is cluttered and dated, it doesn’t set a good impression for the rest of your property, does it? However, if your entryway is clean, clutter-free and features a modern and opulent design, it will create excitement and impress anyone that walks through the door. This is a tactic that hotels very much make the most of, and it works doesn’t it? Imagine how you would feel if you arrived a hotel and there was clutter blocking the doorway and the paint and accessories were old and in desperate need of some TLC. You wouldn’t be very excited about your stay there, would you?
Hopefully, you now feel prepared for turning your home into a place of pure luxury. As you can see, it does not need to cost a fortune to make your property feel like a luxury hotel. Or the most, it is all about those little extras that give your house a lavish vibe. Once you have made some of the changes that have been suggested, you are bound to notice a considerable difference.