Boutique hotel home decor tips

Cover image: feature wall and lighting

Image adapted from: FloralArtWallpaper and Trend4Homy

There’s a very good reason everyone loves a boutique hotel staycation: it’s just so darn pretty and comfy. The rooms come so packed with personality; most of us wish we could copy-and-paste the designer decor into our very own homes.

Thankfully, recreating those luxurious R&R vibes isn’t impossible at all; it just takes a little tweaking to turn a living space into a sanctuary. Here are some design tips to take home so you’ll feel like you’re always on holiday.

Read until the end to find out the best way to start designing a boutique hotel look at home.

1. Add drama with a feature wall

blue feature wall and floral mural

Image credit: The Monacelli Press

“Dress up” a portion of a wall to create a feature wall. Feature walls don’t just relieve your eyes of bare white space; they also instantly brighten up a basic room with the use of colours and textures.

To get started, the rule of thumb is to keep it to 1 wall per room, at spots that naturally draw the eye such as the main sitting area, or behind the TV console or bed.

Brick feature wall in living room

Go for a trendy rustic look with a brick feature wall
Image credit: Confetti Style

For the most basic of feature walls, use a single bold colour that’ll stand out in the room. Alternatively, use striking materials with brick or wood panelling, both of which pretty much go with any theme. If you have an artistic side, try graphic wallpaper or add a mural to the mix.

Graphic wallpaper in living room

Image credit: FloralArtWallpaper

2. Get textured laminates that are easy to maintain

These textured laminates by Arova look just like the real thing.

Textured laminates in living room

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It can be time-consuming to keep polishing little scratches that appear on our furniture from time to time. While natural materials like wood, brick and parquet flooring are pricey and high-maintenance, go for laminates instead. They can look just as good but are a lot more resistant to heat and scratches.

textured laminates in study

Arova’s laminates carry a multitude of designs, from solid colours to woodgrains and patterns.
Image credit: @arovasingapore

You can apply them onto pretty much anything that’s part of your apartment build-up: from walls and partitions to countertops and cabinets.

3. Use graphic or patterned tiles

Geometric tiles in bathroom

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Tiles don’t necessarily have to be a thing of your grandma’s era. They’ve made a comeback not just because they’re durable and allergen-free; they can also create gorgeous geometric patterns and colour gradients that’ll make your home look like a modern art gallery.

Another good reason to use tiles in Singapore: they’re known to keep your walls and floors cooler, especially in our scorching tropical heat.

Other than adding a splash of colour to the room, tiles can have a gorgeous ornate effect.

Geometric kitchen tiles

Image credit: Quadrostyle

Check out our list of aesthetic IKEA home decor  for more inspiration.

4. Invest in bedding fit for royalty

Comfortable hotel bedding

Image credit: Contemporist

Most of us spend an average of 8 hours in our beds each night, so it makes a lot of sense to invest in something we would gladly hit the snooze button for. There are several ways to upgrade your bed to match those you’d get at a luxury boutique hotel.

To start with, get a mattress pad that suits your preference, so there’s a comfortable layer protecting you from old bed springs, dust mites and clumpy bed foam. Top this off with fitted sheets that have a high thread count between 200 to 800, as they generally get softer with higher thread counts. Use sheets that match so that your bed looks ever so appealing.

5. Up the ante with statement lighting

Feature lighting in living room

Image credit: Trend4Homy

Go all out with lights that make a statement. Lighting plays a huge part in creating any desired ambience, so it’s something that can “make or break” a space. Swap out classic chandeliers and ceiling lamps for modern mobile-type art pieces that hang from above.

Geometric ceiling lamps over dining table

Image credit: CB2

Tip: Go for creative geometric shapes that stand out rather than blend into the background!

Living room track lights

Alternatively, use track lights for a dramatic “gallery” effect.
Image credit: Inmyroom

6. Turn your home into an art gallery

Art wall at home

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If you ever needed an excuse to start collecting art when you’re travelling or browsing through arts and crafts markets in Singapore, you’ve just found one. Most – if not all – boutique hotels proudly display art on their walls.

Feature painting in living room

Image credit: South Shore Decorating Blog

Fill up your walls at home with a variety of artworks of different shapes and sizes, or simply get one large stand-out showpiece to put in your living room. To go one step further, decorate your shelves and empty corners with functional art pieces like vases and fruit bowls.

Artistic vases

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7. Bring the outdoors inside

Living room filled with plants

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Plants do a lot for creating a calming environment at home: they’re pretty, and they instantly “freshen” the air by producing oxygen. Dedicate a few corners near a window or balcony for your plant collection, and don’t be afraid to keep ‘em coming.

If you don’t have a green thumb, you don’t have to be left out of the equation. There is plenty of plant-themed interior decor that makes it seem like you’re right in the tropics. Opt for themed wallpaper and other home decor items like cushion covers, lampshades and crockery.

Plant-inspired cushion covers

Image credit: Nursery Design Studio

8. Add metallic or marble accents to the room

Marble surface with metallic hinges in kitchen

Image credit: House of Harper

A glossy sheen epitomises “luxury.” Hence, metallic and marble accents are easy choices when decorating your home to look like an elegant hotel. Deck your walls and countertops with a marble finishing and “frame” these with metallic hinges and trimmings.

marble wall with metallic trimmings in bathroom

Image credit: Mid Century Furniture

Achieve boutique hotel decor at home with Arova

Textured laminates on bedframe

Image credit: Arova

If you can’t wait to try the above tips but are wary about extensive upgrades like wooden panels and brick walls, one easy way to spruce up your home is with textured laminates. Cover your walls, countertops and other fixtures in laminates that look as good as the real thing and are much easier to maintain.

Textured laminates in kitchen

Laminates are versatile and can be used all over your home, from the bedroom to the kitchen.
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Enter Arova, a laminate supplier that has over 600 designs for every theme, ranging from solid colours and patterns, to textures like woodgrains, marble and concrete.

Textured laminates in living room

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If you have kids or pets, you won’t have to worry too much as Arova’s laminates are quality-controlled to be high wear. Their Supreme series is even resistant to scratches, chemicals, fingerprints and bacteria.

Head here to see the full range of Arova’s laminates.

Boxx Euro fittings for a boutique hotel look

Drawer system

These drawer fittings are concealed – a sleek feature commonly found in boutique hotels. 
Image credit: Boxx Euro

Pair Arova’s laminates with sturdy furniture fittings that’ll stand the test of time. Their subsidiary Boxx Euro has a lifetime warranty on their products which are manufactured in Spain and are certified to meet top European standards of quality. They carry a wide range of fittings such as  drawers, wardrobe hinges and stainless steel dish racks and cutlery trays.

Modern kitchen storage system

It only takes a light push upwards to use the Albatros vertical storage system.
Image credit: Boxx Euro

With sophisticated storage options that could easily blend into any modern boutique hotel interior, Boxx Euro also places emphasis on customisable space-saving fixtures. Find out more about their fittings here.

If you’re curious about textured laminates and quality fittings, head on to Millenia Walk’s Design Play Space event and visit Arova’s booth from now till 14th April 2019. Alternatively, drop by their store anytime to start planning your boutique hotel look at home.

Get that boutique hotel look here

Design Play Space
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596
Dates: Now till 14th April
Opening Hours: Free
Entrance: 10AM-10PM, Daily

Arova and Boxx Euro store
Address: 7 Mandai link, Mandai connection. #04-03/4/5, Singapore, 728653
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM; Sat 8.30AM-4.30PM (Closed Sundays)
Telephone: 6363 1661

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