Hotel at Home: Fall Asleep in a Five-Star Suite

Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners for the holidays or looking to spruce up your own sleeping space, follow these easy at-home tips to create a bedroom that’s all about relaxation.

1. Make the bed. It may sound obvious, but if you’re anything like me, you know how temping it can be to throw that comforter over a pile of jumbled sheets and call it a day. Get into the habit of making the bed right after you brush your teeth, and after a long, tiresome day, it will feel as if housekeeping stopped by to tuck in your covers.

2. Stick with one color palette, & upgrade your thread count. Nothing feels more like a hotel room than crisp, white, freshly washed linens, but a soothing sky blue or neutral tone will have the same stress-relieving effect. And if there’s one thing to splurge on in the bedroom, it’s the sheets (not the TV). Up that thread count, or choose a luxury cotton like Egyptian or Supima.

3. Fresh flowers. We don’t often think of buying flowers if we’re not entertaining or greeting someone special, but a freshly cut bouquet perched on a bedside table or vanity circulates oxygen and heightens the room by adding color and pleasing aromas.

4. Snack fridge & breakfast tray. If space allows, designate a small area in your bedroom for these little luxuries. Store late-night snacks or a bottle or two of wine in a mini fridge, or have a breakfast-in-bed tray on hand for lazy Sunday mornings.

5. Ample lighting & blackout curtains. Lighting is key to any satisfactory hotel room. Floor lamps, desk lamps, reading lamps – there’s no such thing as too many. Install dimmers to adjust the mood and blackout curtains to ensure a restful sleep. Quick tip: Hang the curtains from the ceiling instead of the window frame (just make sure they’re long enough to sweep the floor). This gives the room a grand illusion of high ceilings.

6. Photos & memorabilia. Hotels often provide local magazines and guidebooks to help guests feel at home in a unfamiliar place. To build a connection with your space, adorn bedside tables with framed pictures, one wall with a favorite painting, and shelves with beloved books. Choose these pieces selectively – a hotel should be an escape from chaos and clutter, not a haven for it.

7. Move the furniture. Every so often, shift the bed to a different wall or move the dressers and side tables. For a split second when you open your eyes in the morning, you’ll forget where you are. (Which is, of course, the coolest feeling ever.)

Our W Hotels Bed Boutique opens Tuesday, November 20 at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2012