There’s a reason why high-end hotels have a reputation for being havens of calm and relaxation. Beyond the nice mattresses, the gift baskets, and the pretty much round-the-clock room and concierge services (not that there’s anything wrong with those), high-end hotels offer a minimalist design aesthetic that relies on a neutral base and a few graphic elements to create visual interest without sleep-chasing clutter.
To get the look of a hip, high-end hotel bed at home, try these tips from Annie:
1. Buy the best-quality bedding you can afford. We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, so why not invest in something that will stand up to years of snuggling and trips through the washer?
2. Choose a single, light neutral shade as your foundation. Here, Annie went with a snowy white duvet and sheets. A bedcover with some sort of detail—like the ruched ribbon set in two strong lines—gives the look an extra bit of oomph.
3. Top the bed with a pair of shams that match the duvet, then pile on the decorative pillows in one or two graphic patterns. For this bed, Annie chose an eye-catching graphic print in two neutrals, tobacco and taupe. But you can also try the Four Seasons’ trick of pairing a patterned pillow in a shade complementary to the detail on the bed’s duvet. The overall effect is boldly graphic without being overwhelming.
4. Ground the lighter colors of the bedcovers with a darker color on the bed skirt. The tailored chocolate skirt on Annie’s bed not only picks up the hue on the ribbons of the duvet and shams, but also makes the white bedding look even crisper.
What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at? Tell us in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a Lyall embroidered sheet set from Pine Cone Hill (valued between $184 and $284!) in your choice of Fossil, Ink, Citrus, or Chocolate. The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 14, 2012. View full details.
Congratulations to our winner, Pattie from Illinois!