Your bedroom isn’t just a place to conk out and catch zzz’s. It’s your sanctuary! It’s the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning, and your reward after a long day of work, running errands, and watching the kids. You deserve to have a beautiful and comfortable bedroom, as luxurious as a five-star hotel room.Here are some tips from hotel managers on how to create that lovely, luxe ambience.
1. Get lots of pillows!
One of the best part of staying in a hotel room is the variety of pillows. You have a firm pillow in case you want to support your aching neck, a softer pillow to cuddle, a body pillow, a few roll-shaped pillows. This variety means that you’ll be comfortable no matter what position you feel like sleeping in. Goose feathers and goose down are the Rolls Royce of pillow material, but since these are hard to clean (and you don’t have the benefit of a hotel’s full-service housekeeping staff) zip them into pillow protectors.
2. Invest in fantastic linens
Here’s an insider tip: it’s not about thread count. An 800-count pillow could just be made of split or twisted threads , which can feel really thick and stiff. Instead, trust your fingers: look for something buttery soft, and imagine what it would feel like to fall asleep in that kind of fabric. Aaah! (Read our article on how to buy and care for your beddings.)
3. Know your materials
You can get cotton sheets, which are comfortable and very durable (so buy what you can afford, because a good brand will last you forever). Plus, they come in all sorts of pretty colors and designs. You can also try silk sheets (though the dry cleaning bill will kill you). More affordable options are cotton silk blends or cotton linen blends.
4. Choose a good mattress
No use dressing up a broken down mattress in expensive linens—you’ll still wake up with an achy back. Read our article on how to pick a good mattress. And here’s a hotel tip: add a luxurious feel by sandwiching a topper between it and the sheets!
5. Finishing touches: the blanket
Fold a gorgeous blanket at the foot of the bed, which can keep you warm and snug at night, and pretty p the room during the day.
6. Choose soft lighting
An elegant lamp helps fill the room with a relaxing, golden glow. You don’t have to spend a fortune, either: you can probably find one at a rummage sale, and just change the lampshade.
7. Fill the room with fragrance
Tap the power of aromatherapy! Get linen sprays and room sprays in your favorite scents.
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