Interior architect and designer Natalia Miyar, reveals how to create an inviting bedroom sanctuary with all the necessary home comforts as well as a fusion of hotel style elements to elevate the space to a higher level of sophistication and glamour.
With the current circumstances reducing international travel and forcing many hotels to close, those who travel frequently and enjoy experiencing the luxury of different hotel rooms with their special unique touches are having to acclimatise to staying in one place only – their own homes.
CREATE THE PERFECT BEDROOM SANCTUARY
'Like many people right now I am missing travel, for me one of the perks of visiting a new city is the enjoyment of a well-designed hotel bedroom,' says Natalia. 'The best hotels root their design to their location and enhance the idea of place and time for lasting memories. In my own homes I like to recreate this sense of identity and add a few hotel comforts to make my own bedroom sanctuary.'
1. USE SOFT FURNISHINGS TO ESTABLISH YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
For Natalia, one of the key elements of any hotel room is a comfortable bed with high quality bedding and beautiful, colourful cushions to make it look inviting and also stylish.
Natalia loves being bold with colour in all her design schemes and is skilled at creating layers of colour and texture to create a glamorous setting. She recommends sourcing a beautiful throw for the bed adding another layer of colour and likes to design a bespoke bed-box or stool upholstered in a rich fabric such as velvet to sit at the foot of the bed creating a useful space to keep clothes or bags, reducing the risk of a cluttered floor. Getting in to the habit of fluffing the pillows and cushions every day will maintain the fresh, clean look achieved in hotel rooms and ensure the room always looks inviting at the end of the day and somewhere to truly escape, away from everything else going on inside and outside the home – a private personal sanctuary.
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2. ENSURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT LIGHTING SCHEME
Natalia considers lighting to be a key aspect of designing any room and advises that it is important to achieve great lighting in a bedroom, especially one which will be used everyday for a long period of time. Whilst the rooms needs to be dark enough to sleep well in, which can be achieved with shutters or well-made black out curtains or blinds, she advises that the light during the day is also an important factor for getting ready for the day ahead and under current circumstances, good lighting may needed if there is a desk set up in the bedroom for work if it is the only space that will offer peace and calm, away from a busy household.
Natalia’s background in architecture enables her to work with the natural light available to achieve the perfect lighting scheme for a room; she also loves sourcing statement lamps for the bedside tables, dressing tables or desks as well as floor lamps to soften the tone and inject more colour and texture into the room.
3. INVITE NATURE INDOORS
Spending so much time inside can be challenging especially as the weather starts to improve and one’s natural instinct is to enjoy being outdoors, breathe in some fresh air and soak up vitamin d. Natalia believes that bringing a touch of the outside, inside by placing lush green plants and beautiful arranged bunches of flowers into a room will bring a freshness and added pop of colour.
Extra touches which are often found in a hotel room such as a small vase of delicately scented flowers on a bedside table or an elegant bouquet on the dresser will evoke feelings of calm and bring clarity of thought. If the room will be used as a home office, the presence of fresh foliage will also contribute to enhanced creativity.
4. IGNITE THE SENSES
For Natalia, the sense of smell is a very important element in design and when styling a bedroom, she loves to use scented candles to create a warm comforting glow and guarantee a wonderful fragrance. With less ability to travel and experience exciting new places, bringing a touch of the exotic through smell will introduce something different into an already familiar setting giving it appeal.
Natalia recommends placing a couple of candles with different fragrances in the bedroom, to light at different times, to awaken the senses and take some time out from the day. Whether the fragrance has fresh and fruity or floral or spice notes, it will add a much needed layer of comfort and luxury to the room.