Ham Yard - The Terrace Suite Bedroom

The luxe hotel look in your home

Take some inspo from the top hotels to create a stunning luxury bedroom

Luxury hotels have a way of changing small and practical bedrooms and bathrooms into spaces full of personality with that all important touch of luxury. Whether the style is an eccentric riot of clashing colours and pattern, like the Firmdale Group, or more neutral Lluxe, these hotels lead the way in both interiors and creativity, aiming to capture the imagination of their guests.  According to Kate Watson-Smyth, journalist, broadcaster and blogger at Mad About The House, “Hotels are underrated as sources of inspiration.” In her latest book, 101 Interior Design Answers, she explains: “It’s always worth looking at hotel designs for their colour and materials choices. They are created by the people who often know not just what the next big thing is in terms of trends and colour schemes, but are also expert at creating attractive, comfortable rooms.”

So the question is, how can we recreate this luxurious hotel feel in our own homes?

Create focal points

Every great hotel room will include several well thought out pieces which act as focal points, whether this is a headboard, piece of furniture, artwork, or a mirror.


As well as being ideal for comfort, headboards can make a huge style statement. Opt for a deeply padded design in a dramatic colour or pattern for that luxurious yet bold hit, or a classic wood design to bring a touch of elegance to the room. Says Kit Kemp, co-owner and creative director of the Firmdale Hotel group, “Headboards are a great way of introducing drama and detail. They can be used as artwork in a bedroom and provide a wonderful opportunity to show off beautiful designs on a large scale.”


For that extra pop of interest, consider the addition of a statement chair and have some fun with fringing, button detailing and contrasting colours. Single chairs work better than pairs in the bedroom so it’s a great opportunity to go for it in terms of colour and detail.


“Don’t feel intimidated by choosing art for your room,” Judy Hutson, head designer behind The Pig Hotels, says: “You don’t need posh paintings to make an interesting wall of art.  Collect a quirky mix of pictures around a unifying theme and you’ll have a display that’s much more than the sum of its parts”.


Almost every hotel room has at least one large mirror. They are incredible at creating a feeling of space and can also pack a punch in style terms too. From French antique versions with gently foxed glass to full length framed mirrors, they work well positioned in darker areas to help bring light to these corners and make the room feel bigger.


Hotel bathrooms are known for their luxurious details.  These can be reflected in your home too through simple additions rather than a complete redesign. Add a panel of bold wallpaper, beautiful bronze or marble accessories and of course the best finishing touch, indulgent toiletries to remind you of the spa!

“Hotels are right up there for me in terms of inspiration and the loo is often a benchmark of the overall design,” comments interior designer and broadcaster Sophie Robinson.  “It’s such a small space that you can be really be bold with it.”

Those finishing touches

Remember, even simple touches like luxury bedlinen, plenty of beautiful plump cushions and your favourite scented candle will instantly lift your space, adding a touch of luxurious individuality.

In the words of Kit Kemp, co-owner and creative director of the Firmdale Hotel group, “every room tells a story,” so what story will yours tell?

Article written by Time & Leisure contributor and Decorbuddi, Jackie Hoyte.

Main image: Ham Yard, The Terrace Suite bedroom

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