On a recent trip to Singapore we longed to experience the colonial atmosphere of the renowned Raffles Hotel so we decided to treat ourselves and checked into one of the most famous addresses in the country. The rooms weren’t just well appointed, but their elegant colonial era furnishings immersed us in the glamour of Singapore’s colonial past and fitted well with grandeur of the period building.
It got me thinking about what makes a luxury hotel luxurious, so I thought I’d put together some of the ways in which you can make your bedroom as stylish and comfortable as a 5-star stay.
What impressed me most about our stay at Raffles was not just the beauty of the interiors or quality of the furnishings but the fact that all these things contributed to the sense of the place. If you have a theme for your house, whether it’s a colour or a concept, make sure you bring that into your bedroom. The more unique, the more you, the more luxurious.
Imagine Jay Gatsby in this refined monochrome suite, complete with sleek bedhead and monogrammed linen.
The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza Hotel, New York designed by Catherine Martin
Heatherly’s Astor bedhead design, which pays tribute to the Art Deco era. The geometric pattern seen on the wall panels above is reflected in this stunning braid by Catherine Martin which sings 1920s vintage style perfectly.
Heatherly’s Astor bedhead
Luxury is sometimes about proportions and the easiest way to make a statement is to go grand. Four-poster beds are common luxury items, but if your’e not a fan, don’t despair—a tall bedhead will do the same thing.
We are huge fans of Kit Kemp’s hotels in both London and New York where she truly makes a hotel room feel like home. She is renowned for oversizing bedheads and using pattern on pattern. She is the queen of creating beautiful bedroom interiors.
Firmdale Hotel Covent Garden London designed by Kit Kemp
A number of Heatherly bedhead designs have the height for grandeur. Try Lincoln with vertical panelling for a clean-lined look or the wingbacked Hampton for some old world charm with its elegant shape.
Heatherly’s Hampton Bedhead
Texture is a crucial element of a luxury hotel experience. If you walked into a room at a top hotel and saw cheap polyester curtains framing the window, you’d certainly reconsider the star rating of the venue.
Use fabric, like brocade, to give the room a luxe touch. The Ritz London uses brocade in its Executive King room in various guises including on the bedhead, the curtains and the bedlinen. Velvet is also a rich fabric that can enhance the opulence of the room. The Ritz London’s Trafalgar Suite features velvet on the bedhead and the armchairs.
It maybe just a simple cushion or footstool in such luxurious fabrics that you can replicate this look at home with to add that extra luxe layer to your bedroom.
The Trafalgar Suite, The Ritz London
At Heatherly you can choose the fabric of your bedhead so if you’re after something luxe, we can help you select the right fabric or send out fabric samples for you to feel for yourself. How lush does Soho look in velvet?
Heatherly’s Soho Bedhead
Ornately does it
Luxury is about being a little over the top, and that sometimes means choosing something beautiful just for its aesthetic value rather than for a practical purpose.
This sumptuous Spanish getaway does ornate with Mediterranean flair. Its Royal Suite takes the flourishes of the wall panels and echoes them in the decorative bedhead and the cushions and bedlinen, while the Superior Double Room goes all out with an overly ornate bedhead, which could well be a copy of a royal insignia.
Royal Suite, Hostal de la Gavina
You can emulate this emphasis on shape with Heatherly’s Empire bedhead or simply choose a fabric like Emile or Cezani, which both feature a highly decorative pattern
If your budget doesn’t cover whole room makeovers, don’t forget about the little luxuries that make hotel stays so inviting. It could be as small as a bar of soap, triple-milled with a heavenly scent, fresh flowers every few days, or a set of quality sheets— nothing feels quite as luxurious as 1000+ thread count Egyptian cotton or flax linen sheets.
Bedroom accessories can make a difference too. You may not be ready to buy a new bed, but what about a chandelier to hang above it?
Heatherly’s Soho bedhead
Photo credit: Sharyn Cairns
Just like great hotel rooms, luxury comes in many forms so when it comes to styling your bedroom, choose something that makes you feel decadent and your space will always be a 5- star retreat.