Summer vacation is coming to a close, but you can bring that vacation-venue feeling into your home for perpetual enjoyment. Consider the look and feel of rooms at a fancy hotel. This is the effect that you want to echo in your home to promote that endless-summer-vacation look.
Summer vacation is coming to a close, but you can bring that vacation-venue feeling into your home for perpetual enjoyment.
Consider the look and feel of rooms at a fancy hotel. This is the effect that you want to echo in your home to promote that endless-summer-vacation look.
Clean, white and bright with a little whimsy is in order. Your bedding should include a white duvet with a plush down insert. The whimsy comes in the colorful throw pillows. These are what make the colors in the room come together, and since they are small and rather inexpensive, they can be changed seasonally without much trouble.
That idea comes from designer Amy Gleghorn. And if there is room, an oversized wingback chair or a chair and a half with ottoman will certainly give the bedroom a fancy-hotel feel.
Have you noticed that in many hotels, the headboards are big and tall? Try that in your bedroom. And the headboard doesn't have to match the rest of the furniture, so you don't have to purchase an entire bedroom set. The headboard can be anything, including upholstered. The main ingredient is height.
An easy fix, according to Gleghorn, is using light bulbs that are warm white in color and putting all the lighting in the room on dimmers.
The luxury hotels usually have calm, neutral colors on the wall. Go for it. Of course, themed hotels such as those at Disney might have something stronger, but nothing overly bold or bright. Calmer colors make for a soothing environment.
Window treatments must have blackout properties, either by means of a separate under-treatment or blackout material sewn into the main fabric. After all, you do want that sleep-in-vacation feel even if you only use it on weekends.
Don't forget the bathroom. Frame the bathroom mirror with wood and paint it a shade darker than the walls, or paint it to match the countertops, or paint it to match the cabinets. You choose. The framing will add a bit of sophistication.
Have you noticed that fancy hotels always have fluffy white towels? Get some for your endless-summer decor at home. Don't skimp here, as they will be rewarding you every day for a long time.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.