How to Style Your House Like a Hotel
From one room to the next, here's how to give your home that 5-star makeover it deserves
As most of us have been at home for the majority of 2020, we've rounded up our top tips on how to style your house like a hotel. All of our homes here at Plum Guide combine the standards of a hotel and the character of a home, and now we're revealing how you can achieve the same qualities. From the finest bedding to monogrammed bathrobes, our expert tips will transform your home into a luxury suite.
Purchase the most luxurious bedding
When you think of the bed at a five-star hotel, brightly-printed floral bedding rarely comes to mind. Rather, a white set of sheets, crisp and cotton, are synonymous with a high-quality establishment. Frette is the Rolls-Royce of bedding and is found in many of the top hotels around the world, as well as some of our finest homes (note Dye-Mentions in New York). While the Italian-made sheets don’t come cheap, their classic designs ensure that they are timeless. Lay a statement throw and decorative pillows over the bedding for added sumptuousness.
Choose the best mattress
You don’t need to break the bank for a perfect night's sleep. Instead, invest in a mattress topper that will make you never want to leave the bed. The choices are endless depending on what you want; from a super-soft down to a cooling memory-foam gel filling. If a topper is not quite for you and you fancy splurging, Hastens’ mattresses can set you back a hefty £50,000; a favourite of the stars, including musician Drake, the Swedish company is dubbed 'the world’s most luxurious bed'.
Find the fluffiest pillows
There’s nothing quite like getting into a freshly made bed and laying your head on an incredibly fluffy pillow. Many globetrotters’ favourite things about the hotel bed are indeed the cloud-like pillows. As your head sinks in, you really feel like you’re on holiday. Tip: goose feathers give that ultra-soft and supportive feel, and after sleeping like a baby, you’ll forget you’re at home.
Kit out the bathroom with towels & bathrobes
Bathrobes and towels are key elements in the hotel experience, meaning they'll need to be factored in when styling your house like a hotel. Wrapping yourself up in a cosy robe and lounging around is something we’re sure everyone looks forward to on holiday. Great quality towels shouldn’t cost the earth, if you know what you’re looking for. When shopping, we suggest going for a towel that is 100% cotton. Also, the heavier it is, the more luxurious it feels. And don’t skimp; purchase complete sets - a bath towel, hand towel, and a washcloth - consistency is key in achieving the hotel standard. For that extra step of extravagance, have your robes and towels monogrammed at Coze Linen, and make sure you continue cleaning your home like a hotel for complete serenity.
Use candles to create a pleasant scent
Stimulate your senses and bring yourself back to the hotel spa, without leaving your home. Transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis full of delicious scents - our favourite way is with a candle. Diptyque’s 1.5kg candles will not only fill the room with the fragrance of roses and blackcurrant, but their sophisticated signature packaging makes it double-up as an accent piece befitting of the most chic aparthotels in Paris. Alternatively, a stylish diffuser will both fill the room with a wonderful aroma and look chic wherever placed. Your home won’t only look like one of the finest Paris luxury vacation rentals, but it will smell like one too.
Stock up on the toiletries
One of the highlights of staying in a hotel, particularly in London, is the abundance of fancy toiletries on offer. To create that same ambience at home that you experience in the very best London vacation rentals, ensure you have a set of hand wash and hand cream at the sink. They must be the same brand, anything else would be sacrilege. You will never find a mismatch of brands in the top London luxury short stay rentals, so don't make that mistake at home. We love the resurrection set from Aesop - not only will the scent leave you feeling refreshed, your bathroom sink will look super stylish too. Go one step further and place cotton wool and buds in glass jars on a decorative tray along with some perfume bottles; these little luxuries are a great touch in any home. Finally, dispose of all plastic packaging. You’re going for a look reminiscent of homes like Chelsea Glam after all, one of the top luxury holiday rentals that London has to offer.
Decorate your home with faux flowers
While flowers undoubtedly add that je ne sais quois to a room - perhaps it’s the colours or uplifting scent - there’s still the palaver of cutting, arranging, making sure there’s enough (but not too much) water and sunlight, and by the time they've bloomed, they die a week later… if you’re lucky. So, we've found you something fuss-free - but just as beautiful - to decorate your house like the greatest holiday rentals in Paris. Faux flowers with a spritz of fragrance are always guest-ready, instantly makeover any room, and last forever (or until you get bored of the arrangement). Diane James, dubbed the queen of faux flowers, designs luxury floral arrangements and bouquets in pristine vases that add that touch of elegance to any room to make your house feel like a hotel. No one will judge because no one will know - yes, they look that real.