What is it about staying in a boutique hotel that gives you the best night’s sleep? Whether it’s the crisp sheets, the clutter-free décor or those extra heavy drapes blocking out even the smallest rays of light, there is no denying that when it comes to the anatomy of a hotel bedroom, every element has been considered to give you unrivalled rest.
But it is possible to recreate the same five-star hotel room experience in your own home. And while carefully curated pieces of statement art, a chic rug, overfilled throw pillows and hanging lamp fixtures all help to create a luxurious space to unwind, there is no denying that a beautiful bed is the hero of any hotel room.
Whether you want to update your master suite or make the ultimate guest room, we have taken some design inspiration from some of our dream destinations to help you escape this winter.
Style tip no. 1: Let your bed head direct a theme for the room
Hotel Kinsley in Upstate New York draws inspiration from its buildings history with each room featuring unique, locally sourced and hand painted bed heads. A statement piece such as this always helps to contribute to the sense and feel of the space, as well as dictate an overall theme of the room.
The more unique your bedroom theme is, the more luxurious it will feel because time and effort has been made to ensure the space is more personable and reflects you.
While it’s not hand-painted, our Lincoln Bed head in Liaison Midnight velvet will achieve the same high-impact results and command the direction of the room. Because with a dramatic, moody bed head like this, you aren’t about to hang some pretty pastel artwork above it now, are you?
Style tip no 2: Old world charm brings a timelessness to the room
The thing about hotel rooms is that they never go out of style, they remain classic and endearing no matter how much trends change and evolve. Our reimagined Astor Bed head design is perfect for a timeless bedroom, channelling the sophisticated elegance of New York’s Upper East Side. Updated in Aramon willow linen with Ikat braid detailing and a coordinating valance to epitomise redefined luxury it pays subtle tribute to the Art Deco era.
Style tip no 3: A little luxury goes a long way
Luxury isn’t always about thread count and chocolates on the pillows — sometimes proportions are the easiest way to make a statement. While four-poster beds are common in luxury hotels, they aren’t always practical in the home. But, a tall bed head will also help showcase scale in the room.
We are huge fans of Kit Kemp’s hotels in both London and New York where she is renowned for oversizing bed heads and playing with pattern on pattern. To get the look, Heatherly’s curved Giselle bed head in a bold print will also make a grand statement.
Left: Kit Kemps hotel Number 16 in South Kensington, UK. Right: Heatherly Design Giselle Bed head
Style tip no 4: Get the luxe touch
Ok, sometimes luxury is about thread count, but more specifically, it’s about the tactility of the room. Playing with texture is always guaranteed to create a sense of elevated luxury in the bedroom. The Calile Hotel in Brisbane is notorious for mixing materials to create a sense of luxury such as this cork and timber bed head with leather, marble and concrete.
At Heatherly, we also love to play with material, and even encourage our customers to choose their own fabric from our library of over 100 textile offerings. That said, we have to admit that this season it’s hard to go past our Bonnie Bed which is abundant in mood-boosting tactility thanks to its the nubby, egg-shell boucle — making it the perfect cosy, winter companion to escape to.
Style tip no 5: Ornately does it
In the bedroom, you can always afford to be a little over the top, and sometimes that means choosing something for its decorative value, rather than for a practical purpose.
The Shangri-La Hotel Paris, L’Appartement Prince Roland Bonaparte is famous for its French-Asian aesthetic with rooms that are more like treasure troves of ornate décor and trimmings. For a bed head to emulate that same decorative impact, Heatherly’s Empire bed head shape lends itself well to this sumptuous look. You could even consider a fabric such as Emile or Cezani, which both feature an enchanting, ornamental print.