Luxury interior designer Roselind Wilson shares her tips on how to create a high-end boutique finish in your home.
Nothing beats the feeling of stepping into a five-star hotel room and being enveloped in a sense of luxury, comfort and indulgence. The stresses of your day-to-day life simply fade away as you relax into a world of cocooned luxury.
But why keep such treats just for trips away? If you bring a bit of hotel chic into your own home, you can reap the benefits all year round. Drawing on their knowledge of the tips and tricks that high-end hotel designers apply to their luxurious schemes, Roselind Wilson Design shares their advice on how to bring hotel-inspired design into your own home.
A CALMING PALETTE
Using a neutral palette is the perfect way to create a luxurious hotel feel. Pared-back tones have a restful quality, which makes them ideal for a bedroom because they will help prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
But neutral doesn’t have to mean dull. “A neutral scheme can be dynamic and full of life while still retaining a calm and relaxing feel,” says Roselind Wilson. “The important thing to remember when decorating with neutrals is to bring in plenty of different patterns and textures. You can create depth and interest by layering rich fabrics and luxurious textures.”
Embracing the trend for metallic fittings in materials like brass and brushed gold is a surefire way to bring a hotel vibe into your home. “Fashionable metallics and iridescent finishes can really transform a scheme,” says Roselind. “From copper and chrome to bronze and brass, integrating interesting metallic finishes into a design scheme creates a pleasing, harmonious look.”
And when it comes to bathrooms, natural stone is a material guaranteed to add drama and luxury. “Stone won’t go out of fashion because it’s such a timeless material,” says Roselind. “And if it’s well maintained it can last a lifetime, making it well worth the investment.”
There’s something about symmetry that is innately satisfying – one of the reasons why it’s often used in luxury hotel design to help create a calm, balanced ambiance. In the home environment, this technique can be adopted to great effect in a bathroom by selecting symmetrical dual basins and matching taps. In Roselind Wilson Design’s award-winning Belsize Park bathroom, the chunky vanity unit in Honed Ocean Black Travertine is a masterclass in symmetry with its pair of hammered bronze basins and vintage brass taps.
“A carefully considered interior design scheme is balanced – the furniture, fabrics and colour palette all work in harmony,” says Roselind. “Symmetry within a design scheme doesn’t necessarily mean that elements mirror themselves on either side, but rather that components within the scheme flow well together. Symmetrical interiors create a relaxed atmosphere because they are easy to assimilate and instinctively make us feel composed and comfortable.”
“Textured wallcoverings are used extensively in luxury hotels as they add interest and depth to a space,” says Roselind. “Layers of contrasting texture on a bed provide a sense of opulence, as do cushions in luxurious fabrics combined with plush faux fur throws.”
Add hotel chic to your bedroom by creating contrasting textural layers which help bring a design scheme together, while adding warmth, depth and character. Combining rough and smooth finishes such as leather, woven fabrics and metallics can completely transform a space and help create a truly individual look. “In our experience,” says Roselind, “it’s the tactile elements in a room such as a chunky woven rug or a luxurious velvet cushion which are the ones that make the greatest impact.”
We all know that lighting is an essential part of creating that luxury hotel room experience. After all, when you’re in a hotel bathroom in which the lighting really works you certainly know about it – nothing lifts the spirits like looking your best as you’re getting ready!
Lighting is also important in terms of setting the mood and feel of an interior scheme. “This is especially important in hospitality design in which beautiful hotel rooms create mood and atmosphere through a carefully considered layered lighting scheme,” says Roselind. “Ambient lighting can really help recreate that hotel feel. To get it right, you should focus on two things: what the light fixture looks like and the effect you want the light to achieve. Lights that can adjust and dim are ideal for the sleeping area, whereas a bright table lamp is perfect for a desk area.”