One of the best things about checking into a hotel is that moment when you unlock the door and arrive in the sanctuary of your room. Now that most of us are confined in our homes, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on making them places we really want to be.
“To be cosy and provoke an emotion, interior decoration should tell a story,” says Arnaud Zannier, whose hotels include Phum Baitang in Siem Reap (where the Jolie-Pitt clan stayed for months) and Ghent’s 1898 The Post.
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“Choose one or two remarkable pieces – whether that’s objets, candles or flowers, anything that brings personality to a room – and put the emphasis on those.”
“I like to compose a few areas of focus – perhaps a painting, a table, a stack of books – but for me, bed linen is the key to making a bedroom look plush,” says Karen Roos, co-owner of The Newt in Somerset among other hotels, and former editor of Elle Decoration in South Africa.
Even the smallest change, whether it’s repainting the walls, rearranging artworks or ordering new bed linen online, can make a big difference to the ambience.
Here are some simple tricks for recreating hotel-level interiors at home.
Pimp your bed
“In a hotel, the first thing you see when you walk into a bedroom is the bed,” says interior designer Robert Angell, who created a new look for One Aldwych in London.
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