There’s nothing quite like staying in a fabulous hotel to trigger some big changes back home.
Those seductive tiles in the bathroom; the sumptuous linen on the bed; the arty colour scheme on the wall, the lighting, the cups and saucers, even the Wellington boots lined up at the door — they all leave an impression.
More and more of us are drawing inspiration from high-end hotels.
Even Harry and Meghan seem to be at it, modelling their marital home, according to reports, on Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire.
Country style: Soho Farmhouse
‘Hotels are a hotbed of inspiration because not only will the space most likely have been designed by one of the leading names in interior design, but you are able to physically try and test everything there,’ says Sophie Coryton, founder of The Room Service, an online store dedicated to selling interiors used in upmarket hotels.
‘You know that the cushion is as comfortable as it is beautiful, that the cups are lovely to drink from or — perhaps in the case of Harry and Meghan — that the copper bath is glorious to lie in and runs beautifully.’
But there needs to be an element of discretion — you should consider your own home and its character when applying hotel style.
Ben Thompson, the designer behind the refurbished Heckfield Place in Hampshire, says it’s important to respond to the age and character of your property.
‘The key is to look around to see what’s relevant and what’s missing from your palette at home,’ he says.
Key design details at the Soho House chain, as well as Heckfield Place, are their mix of new and vintage pieces.
‘Mismatched furniture brings a lived-in feeling to a space,’ Thompson says. He and his team scoured auction houses, but eBay is also a valuable resource.
Alternatively, try the new online interiors store, Ceraudo, with pieces like a Giulia Cocktail Chair (£770, ceraudo.com), or Soho Home, the chain’s interiors side, with copy-cat furniture such as its mid-century bedside tables (£395, sohohome.com).
Thompson cautions against using too many different woods, however, ‘as they can collide with each other and feel uncomfortable’.
One trick he used at Heckfield was to pair a bedside table with a circular table, complete with raw silk skirt.
‘It breaks up the timbers and softens the space,’ he says.
Giulia Cocktail chair, £770, ( ceraudo.com )
A sumptuous bed you can roll around in and gorgeous linen are components of a great night away.
Thompson says that vintage beds are hard to find in large sizes, so he had beds custom made for Heckfield.
Hand-crafted Hypnos, which have a Royal warrant, so may well feature in Frogmore Cottage, are loved by hotels for their size, feel and durability (hypnosbeds.com).
Then it’s all about the dressing: on the High Street, White Company excels at providing hotel-standard linen. Try the Double Row Cord Bed Linen Collection (from £14, thewhitecompany.com).
Complete the relaxed style with a fluffy bath robe, such as Navy Luxury Brushed Cotton by Desmond & Dempsey (£105, desmondanddempsey.com).
The easiest way to update your interiors — like an outfit — is with accessories.
‘Lighting is so important and something we often bypass a little at home, but beautiful hotels never do,’ Coryton says.
Try the Soho House favourites by Samarkand Design (from £55, theroom service.co), or the Chukka tablelamp (£110, pooky.com).
Likewise, freshly plumped cushions are always in plentiful supply in hotels.
Coryton says the key is investing in cushions with inners that hold their shape, such as patterned designs by maker Susy Paisley, as seen at Pentillie Castle in Cornwall (£75; theroomservice.co).
Along with bathroom tiles, prints on the walls can transform the look of the room easily — and cheaply.
Illustrator Lucy Auge’s botanical prints feature on the walls of hotels including Beaverbrook Garden House in Surrey, Gleneagles in Perthshire and Pentillie Castle in Cornwall (£12, theroomservice.co), while Soho Home has launched its first print collection (from £250, sohohome.com/editions).
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