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Make Your Bedroom as Dreamy as a Hotel Room

 

Have you ever entered a hotel room and felt you could live there forever? It is likely that your comfort was no accident, but a carefully planned overall design with attention to every detail. This is the magic of the creative design teams and architects that are entrusted with giving you a great night’s stay. Now you can recapture that luxury and comfort in your own home.

 Randa Tukan, Vice President at HOK, says, “There is a blurring of lines between hospitality, residential, and even healthcare design. Historically, hospitality design has been influenced by residential—the home-away-from-home concept. Today, there is a reverse trend.” Many residential properties are being positioned as “resort living” and “condo hotels” as a marketing twist by providing common facilities, services, and amenities. 

Thinking about doing some remodeling? Start with a list of the features you loved while staying in both business and leisure hotels. Pay close attention to what attracts and detracts from your stay when it comes to room design. If you stay at time shares and find good design, it is often especially relevant to home décor. Time share guests usually stay for one to three weeks compared with shorter-stay hotel guests.

For professional ideas, look at the magazines published for the hospitality trade like “Hotel Design Magazine” and visit HotelWorldNetwork.com to see what the professionals are buzzing about.
Once you have an idea as to what you like, take a look at the hotel product offerings that you can buy. Many of the leading hotel chains sell their beds, bedding, spa supplies, robes and slippers, and even scents at the hotels, or at their online stores. Amazon and eBay also sell hotel branded products. To see what the industry buys, check out Americanhotel.com, and get that one-cup coffee maker you loved.

With regard to bedding, Sealy mattresses are the centerpiece of thousands of well-designed guest rooms all over the world, and an easy brand for you to access for the home. Leo A. Vogel of Sealy’s Global Hospitality Division emphasizes the importance of your mattress to good sleep. If you have not refreshed your mattress or bought a new one in years, this should be your first budgeted item.

After a great mattress comes great lighting. Ron Smith of Ashley Lighting has a substantial catalogue of LED, task, and general lighting that is easy to incorporate in all decors. Your designer can register at the site and see the full catalogue.

When creating a lighting plan, Mr. Smith suggests:
1. Don’t allow functionality to be sacrificed for design. Make sure you have overall, overhead lighting, as well as task lighting. 
2. Use multi-purpose sconces with compact florescent bulbs and an LED bulb added on for reading at the bed wall.
3. Speak the language of lighting. To get optically balanced light you must get close to natural light. The sun at noon has a color temperature of 100 CRI and between 5000 and 5500 degrees Kelvin. Both CRI and Kelvin are important for the simulation of sunlight. The strength of lighting is measured in candle feet.

After the big items are considered, the ambiance is in the details. Pam Niemann, Principal of Niemann Interiors, suggests, “Consider flexible, easy-to-use furniture. Small tables and chairs you can move to refresh the design. Don’t forget storage for the satisfactory feeling of calm and order.” Jacki Arena, Principal of Jacki Arena Interiors, creates “serenity packages” that emphasize soft colors, pictures of flowers of the area enlarged to make striking works of art, and natural, clay, or organic sculptures. Jacki designed the Marriott property at the Mayo Clinic and peace of mind was the design goal.

As for age-friendly designing, Raad Ghantous has founded Your Home for a Lifetime to combine his expertise in Hospitality and Spa design with understanding universal or ageless design. “When you design your space look for ‘experience zones’ where activities will occur,” says Raad. “Create a sense of space,” he suggests. “A barrier-free shower is not just convenient for many, it also looks grand.”

Take a look at the everyday items you use. The mirror, the pillow, the tooth brush, the scatter rug, the toiletries. Are they really working for you? In the field of universal or age-friendly design, small considerations like levers instead of door knobs, easy-to-open cosmetic jars, lighted magnifying mirrors, and large-print books at the bed side all make a comfort difference that affects us all day long. Pay attention to what you might be struggling with in the morning and change your brand if you can’t manipulate the squeeze bottle on your body wash or see the instructions on your hair growth product.

 When you come across a product or a design that works for you, or if one infuriates you, write about it on Facebook or Twitter. If online tattling is not your thing, send a letter of praise or complaint directly to the manufacture of a product or purveyor of a service. Enough feedback will get their designers thinking about comfort for all ages.