If you love quirky, unconventional home decor, look to boutique hotels for inspiration. What sets them apart from luxury hotels, other than the former having fewer and smaller rooms, is their strong emphasis on design and individuality.
The general rule of thumb for boutique-hotel-like decor is to…
Build around a strong theme while keeping comfort and practicality in mind.
“A boutique-hotel guest room gives you a sense of escape from the daily grind,” says Colin Seah of Ministry Design, who designed the New Majestic Hotel. For such a bedroom, homeowners should aim for “comfort, but with a strong visual presence”.
Ting Huong Tak, general manager of M Social, echoes a similar sentiment:
“Decide on a theme or mood, and use unique finishes and a variety of furnishings and fittings to tie it together. However, keep comfort and practicality in mind.”
Take a cue from M Social, the recently launched design-led hotel designed by Philippe Starck. Its rooms feature statement-making designs such as pitched roofs and concrete-finished walls, and also high padded headboards, printed carpets and plush leather sofas.
But if you don’t want to commit to bold finishes and colours, Colin suggests retaining a sense of playfulness by displaying quirky travel finds, oversized plants, and artwork. Other elements such as platform beds and multipurpose furniture – great for small spaces – will also work!
Here are 5 easy ways to make your bedroom look and feel like a boutique hotel: