Steps to Design Your Bedroom Like
a First-Class Hotel Room
Before You Start...
When designing a guest room,
hotels develop a color palette
and scheme that fits with the
hotel's theme or location (such
as the desert or beach).
Similarly, you will want to
develop a plan for your private
sanctuary that speaks to your
The bedroom is typically a
refuge or "decompression point"
in the home. And unlike a hotel
room that must please many
people, your bedroom is the one
place that is truly yours and
can be a reflection of your
taste and design style.
Have some fun and play with
paint chips and patterns to come
up with a scheme and color
decision. Then follow these tips
to make the space as luxurious
and multi-functional as a
first-class hotel room:
In a hotel room, we take a small space
and create a flexible haven for the
guest for multiple activities. Do the
same with your bedroom…You can create
areas for sleeping (the bed), reading
(seats), F&B (a coffee niche or mini
refrigerator), working (desk) and
grooming (the bath and closet). You can
design this environment with any size
room. First step is to decide which
activities you want to perform (aside
from sleeping!) and plan space
The Not-So-Obvious Keys to Comfort
Review the room’s acoustics, ventilation
and system controls. If possible, add
extra insulation between walls, install
upgraded carpet pad, add fabric walls
with padded upholstered wall panels or
on the headboard. These steps help
increase comfort. In addition, room
should be ventilated correctly - common
mistakes are air vents blowing over the
bed. Place your bed away from air vents
and make sure you have access to fresh
air. Add concealed speakers at key areas
for a sound system and if possible, a
fireplace is always a nice feature on a
cold snowy night along with a heated
towel rack in your bathroom. Install a
bedside three-way switching control that
is located above the nightstand for easy
3. Light it up!
In first-class hotel rooms, the
following techniques are often
Three-way switch at entry for
Closet light that turns on
automatically when door is opened
Reading lights at bed that are
Ample lighting in bathroom - lighted
makeup mirror, wall sconces and
overhead lighting at vanity,
lighting in tub area and lighting
under vanity for night light
Dimmer controls on everything!
4. Late Night Snacks
Incorporate a station for coffee,
beverages and snacks. If you want to
really get snazzy, add a mini bar or
wine cooler, and a sink (can be located
near bathroom entry). What better way to
relax than not having to go the kitchen
for a cool beverage!
5. Incorporate Flexibility
Think "multi-use." Incorporate a
pivoting desk so you can watch
television (or the sunset) while working
on those expense reports. If there is
room for additional seating, rather than
a standard chair, use either a chaise
lounge, built in seating or two
upholstered chairs with leather
ottomans. Ottoman can be used to rest
tired feet, as a surface for a board
game or as a dining surface. Also, add a
mirror above the desk so you can use it
as a make-up vanity if your better half
has control of the bathroom!
6. Natural Light
Ensure drapery treatments stack past
windows to maximize views. Include sun
control such as Mecco Shades. Ensure
that drapery panels overlap at least 4"
at center draws so that a "blackout"
environment can be maintained when you
want to snooze. Plus, line the drapery
panels with a top-notch liner! And as an
over-the-top idea, motorize window
treatments with open/close switches at
entry and bedside
7. The Bed.
Step 1: Buy the best bed you can.
This will be the best investment you
have ever made for your peace of
mind. Consider a pillow top.
Step 2: Do away with the bedspread.
Use a dust skirt and making the bed
becomes a breeze, believe me -
making up beds is our forte!!!
Step 3: We purchase top quality
bedding, including 300 thread count
sheets and duvets. You should do the
same as it is worth it.
Step 4: Add throw pillows for color
and pizzazz and include a throw
blanket at the end of bed to protect
that duvet and provide a cozy
cover-up while reading a book in
your favorite chair!
8. Lastly: Make it Personal and Unique
Many hotel rooms feature regional art
and local interest magazines so a guest
feels a connection with the city they
are visiting. For your own room,
remember--Whether it is a favorite
painting, family photographs, a book
shelf with your favorite books, don't be
afraid to include those special items in
your decorating scheme so you feel
connected and at peace.