It may stem from reading too many Eloise books as kids, but living in a hotel sounds pretty perfect. We don’t even need to live in a room “on the tippy-top floor” of New York’s Plaza Hotel to be happy like our favorite 6-year-old heroine did. Just give us freshly-made beds, room service, and a “do not disturb” sign to hang on the door. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? Well, living in the penthouse may not be in the cards for us, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t bring a little luxury home. Here are 8 easy upgrades to make your home feel just like your favorite fancy hotel…
Crisp White Sheets
We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s worth investing in our beds. Luxury hotels understand this implicitly. They know that high-quality bedding helps provide a five-star sleep. For that clean, freshly-laundered sheets feeling, look for thread counts higher than 500. Try stores like Parachute, Brooklinen, or Boll & Branch for starters. Or take a page from the St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton by using the very sheets they use, Frette, around the world. Now, if only someone would make the bed for us!
Indulgent Bath Amenities
A deep soaking tub and perfectly-pressured rain shower aren’t the only ways to feel pampered (although, they certainly don’t hurt!). Indulgent bath products that give that high-end hotel vibe will do the trick! We recommend focusing on aromatic products to enrich your sensory experiences. Soaps, bath salts, hydrating skin care, and nourishing eye products work wonders. Plus, take a hint from luxury hotels by elevating your everyday items with a more pleasing presentation. Placing your soap on a nice tray or gathering your Q-tips in a decorative vessel makes getting ready feel a bit more special.
A Plush Robe
Donning a plush robe is a mandatory hotel experience in our books. In fact, spending as much time in an irresistibly cozy robe as possible is always the goal. So why not wrap yourself in that same luxurious hotel experience while at home? From terrycloth to silk and cotton to fleece, there are seemingly endless options to wrap yourself up in. The hard part is not wearing it all day!
Fluffy White Towels
Divine comfort comes in the form of fluffy white towels. Almost every luxury hotel under the sun uses 100 percent cotton towels so it’s the perfect material for your home as well. You can even monogram them for an extra-special hotel feel. Unfortunately, the on-demand housekeeping service to launder them is not included.
An Elegant Scented Candle
Luxury hotels use scent to evoke a sense of calm relaxation and some even have a recognizable aroma. From the citrus notes found in W Hotels to the exotic woodsy elements at the St. Regis, some hotels sell their signature scents so you can recreate your recent stay. We also love Jo Malone, Diptyque, and Voluspa, to name a few. No matter what fragrance you choose, a warm scent will do wonders to elevate your mood and transport your home into a tranquil oasis.
An Impossibly Soft Cashmere Throw
Cashmere is considered one of the most luxurious fabrics on earth so it’s no surprise that top hotels like the Four Seasons often have an impossibly soft cashmere throw in their suites. At home, drape it over an accent chair or at the end of your bed so you always have something sumptuous within reach.
Warm Layered Lighting
Let’s be honest. Harsh overhead lighting isn’t doing us any favors. Hotels know that ambiance is key and always provide several lighting options to illuminate the space including task lighting for reading. An easy way to make the lighting in your home adjustable is to install a dimmer. They allow a space to go from day to night with a soft, even illumination. Don’t forget to layer your windows to address natural light as well! A lighter drape will filter the sun’s light while a heavier drape can create a black-out effect essential for sleeping in on those lazy weekend mornings.
Thoughtfully-Curated Beverage Bar
We don’t necessarily need a fully stocked hotel mini-bar at home, but a thoughtfully curated beverage bar is another story. Every home needs one! Whether you are a morning coffee drinker or an afternoon tea sipper, setting up a designated refreshment station is both practical and eye-catching. It’s a great way to show off beautiful glassware! You can also take inspiration from your favorite swanky hotel bar and create a space to craft a cocktail or have a glass of wine to unwind at the end of a long day in your home. So many options!
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