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5 Steps to a Five-Star Hotel Bed

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There are a lot of things we love about going on vacation. More than anything, we love the feeling of waking up in a hotel bed. Who wouldn’t want crisp sheets, plump pillows and room service every morning?

But vacations inevitably end. And if you want to bring home a souvenir, consider giving your bed at home a five-star upgrade. Our senior designers have these tips for getting a bed worthy of a five-star hotel.

Three Layers of Pillows

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If you want a bed with a 5-star look, then you’re going to need a lot of pillows. Even if you wind up throwing them on the floor, pillows are essential to getting the look. Three layers of pillows usually does the trick. Go for one layer of bright, bold color, another layer with a high-sheen, and a third layer that’s comfortable to actually sleep on. Check out how we did it in this San Francisco luxury condo

Layered Bedding

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When most people think of a hotel bed, they think of all-white sheet sets. But all-white sets can look a little boring. Keep the scheme neutral, but don’t forget to add some textures, patterns, and colors. To keep with the masculine vibe of this Sag Harbor weekend getaway, we sourced a collection of grayscale bedding. Notice the contrast between the flat sheet, the comforter, the duvet, and the pillows.

Throw Blanket

hotel bed throw blanket

Pillows and throw blankets are a great way to spice up your bed in a flash. And since throws and blankets can be swapped out easily (and usually exchanged) try out unexpected color combinations and bold statement pieces. In this New Canaan colonial, we added a plush and luxurious statement throw, which compliments the reclaimed wood bed frame.

Tufted Headboard

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A hotel bed is all about comfort. But comfortable bedding and comfortable pillows will only get you so far. For a bed that’s truly hotel-worthy, add a tufted headboard. It’s perfect for sitting up in bed with a book or the morning paper. It’s also a great substitution for wall art. And a tufted headboard doesn’t mean sacrificing a sleek, contemporary aesthetic. Check out the low-profile tufted headboard in this Upper East Side luxury condo

Area Rug

hotel bed area rug

When you jump out of bed in the morning, where do you want your feet to land? If you answered a cold wood floor, then skip to the next blog post. But if you want to land on something a bit more comfortable, then add an area rug next to your bed. It’ll give you a soft and cushiony start to the morning. Check out the cowhide rug that we added to the master bedroom in this light-filled loft

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