How to give bed­room lux­u­ri­ous feel

Lesotho Times - - Property -

MAIN bed­rooms are of­ten the bland­est rooms in houses. Pull out all the stops to cre­ate that bou­tique ho­tel feel that’s fit for kings, queens and su­per­stars like your­self. There are few things in life that feel quite as in­dul­gent as stay­ing at a luxe bou­tique ho­tel. Some­how those ho­tel beds al­ways man­age to feel like a fluffy cloud and the sheets feel as soft as spun silk. And don’t even get me started on the bathrobes.

But you don’t have to spend thou­sands or hop on a plane to ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of your fa­vorite ho­tel room. There are a few easy things you can do to recre­ate the same lux­u­ri­ous vibe in your own bed­room... and it all starts with the sheets.

Get a bed fit for a queen A good qual­ity mat­tress will help you feel in­vig­o­rated in the morn­ing, cou­ple with lux­u­ri­ous linen, and you will sleep like roy­alty. The most lux­u­ri­ous sheet op­tions are ei­ther 100% cot­ton per­cale with a thread count of 200 or more, or 100% linen. Cot­ton and linen feel and look very dif­fer­ent, so it is a per­sonal choice. Cot­ton feels cool against the skin, soft and silky, whereas linen is more tex­tured with a lower thread count. It be­comes bet­ter with age, and is cho­sen for its dura­bil­ity. Egyp­tian cot­ton is the most lux­u­ri­ous of cot­tons and has the finest fi­bre, giv­ing it the soft­est feel. Round your sleep­ing ex­pe­ri­ence off with a snug throw, pretty scat­ter cush­ions, a glam­orous big head­board and match­ing bed­side ta­bles.

Go for smoky wall colours By chang­ing the colour of your walls, or even just one fo­cal wall, the char­ac­ter of a room changes in­stantly. Be brave and go for dark, smoky colours such as char­coal, grey or navy for a sen­sual at­mos­phere. Add metal­lic touches for a more glam­orous feel.

Buy a lav­ish car­pet The bed­room is where you want to kick your shoes off, so splash on a beau­ti­ful car­pet that is pleas­ing on the eye and soft un­der­foot. This is the one room where wall-to-wall car­pets are still de­sir­able. For dou­ble the luxury, roll a loose rug out over the car­pet. The rule of thumb — the more ex­pen­sive, the more durable a car­pet is and the eas­ier to keep clean. Wool car­pets are known for their high qual­ity and soft touch. Cot­ton car­pets are an af­ford­able way to add char­ac­ter, but are dirt mag­nets, so they’re not for high traf­fic ar­eas.

Try soft light­ing Bright work light be­longs in the kitchen and study. In the bed­room the con­trary ap­plies — the mood­ier the bet­ter. In­stall a dim­mer switch, or choose weaker warm white bulbs and lamp­shades that dif­fuse light. For a whim­si­cal feel, try a lamp­shade with cut-outs or faceted glass or crys­tals to cre­ate soft pat­terns against the walls and ceil­ing. Choose match­ing read­ing lights, or sus­pend pen­dant lights above the bed­side ta­bles.

Cre­ate a sit­ting area Two oc­ca­sional chairs, or a chaise-lounge next to a small cof­fee or side ta­ble cre­ates an invit­ing nook to re­lax with a night cap and serve as a re­minder that the bed­room is a place of rest and re­lax­ation — your re­treat af­ter a long day’s work.

Over­fill your throw pil­lows. There’s some­thing so lux­u­ri­ous about plush, over­filled throw pil­lows, which go a long way in trans­form­ing your bed­room from “every­day” to a bonafide re­treat that em­u­lates the most sump­tu­ous of ho­tels.

Luxe Sheets The eas­i­est way to snazz up your bed­room is to out­fit your bed with a gor­geous set of sheets. To keep the ho­tel room look, go for a crisp, white set of sheets that are at least 300 thread count. Ho­tel rooms tend to use sateen or per­cale sheets, but you should choose the ma­te­rial that feels most com­fort­able to you.

If you want to splurge, you can have your sheets pro­fes­sion­ally laun­dered, so they come home nice and pressed. And if you find a brand of linens that you truly love, con­sider pur­chas­ing two or three sets so you al­ways have them on hand.

— W24

The eas­i­est way to snazz up your bed­room is to out­fit your bed with a gor­geous set of sheets.

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