Create a sophisticated and restful ambience in the bedroom with these design tips
What is it about hotel bedrooms that always leave you feeling pampered and refreshed? Pay attention to these six distinctive, yet sophisticated bedrooms to find out how they’ve perfected the formula for a plush and restful ambience.
L’OTEL IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO
Imbue your home with a romantic Jane Austen-esque atmosphere using illustrations and motifs of flora and fauna, whether with upholstery or wallcoverings. Vintage-style accessories, such as lamps and ottomans, help accentuate the dreamy mood, while plain white bedding – seen here in L’Otel’s garden-themed suite – ensures the room is not overdesigned. A rose-scented candle is the perfect finishing touch to the theme.
Design idea: Choose a visually strong wallcovering before styling your bedroom using accent colours and elements from the design.
THE THIEF IN OSLO, NORWAY Dark is the way to go, if you want an elegant boudoir that is both restful and dramatic. Black, burgundy or deep blue on large surface areas such as walls and curtains create a sense of intimacy; balance this out by layering with accessories in muted shades of ecru, grey, or dusty pink. Shiny surfaces such as copper or bronze also pair well with this colour palette.
Design idea: Prevent dark colours on the walls from overwhelming the space with metallic finishes and wooden textures.
COMO THE TREASURY IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA
Some may think wainscoting is old-fashioned, but this classic feature can give your room an elegant feel. Embrace its old-world charm, but prevent things from looking dated by giving ornate embossing a miss and opting for clean lines instead. Similarly, choose sleek furniture in simple forms and luxurious finishes.
Design idea: Opt for thick wall panels to make the bedroom feel cosier and less formal.
LES BAINS IN PARIS, FRANCE
The first thing you see when entering a bedroom is the bed, so set the mood right with an eye-catching feature there. Les Bains’ sleek marble headboard is the star of the room; it juxtaposes nicely with the unpolished concrete-look walls, and is complemented with minimalist furniture and soft furnishings in simple hues. The modern cornices that frame the room are a nice touch.
Design idea: If you’re on a budget, consider prioritising a wellmade headboard. Uncommonmaterials, such as marble or granite, will anchor the look of the room without the need for excessive ornamentation.
SIR SAVIGNY IN BERLIN, GERMANY
The medley of styles and textures in this gentlemen’s club-inspired bedroom allows for many focal points – there’s lots to see and touch. Refined velvet meets masculine leather, while gold-finished steel pops out against an encased piece of mixed media art. Additionally, the crystal chandelier and black subway tiles make for a superb visual pairing. So take a cue, and experiment with the unexpected.
Design idea: Achieve a decadent look with plush textures and shiny surfaces. Burnt velvets, used on cushions and drapes, add a sense of European charm and fantasy.
EL FENN IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Let your room mirror your strong personality with a vivid and statement-making hue on the walls. In contrast, be restrained with the rest of the decor. Go for sharp and clean lines, unfussy ornaments, and metallic features. Heavy curtains to block out the light (let the drapes puddle on the floor for dramatic effect) will provide you with welcome respite after a long day.
Design idea: Go all out and cover the entire room with your favourite colour – just be sure to include smooth and natural textures to balance out the strong hue.