Whether you actually travel the world by getting on those planes, trains and automobiles or mainly explore from your sofa with an iPad in hand, you'll know that hotel designers are full of clever ideas on how to make bedrooms comfortable, visually interesting and small space smart. Here are a few good ideas to steal from hotels around the globe for your bedroom right here at home…
• (Photo shown above) Create the illusion of a four poster bed along with some privacy with this clever room within a room idea (which would work really well in a studio apartment). Seen at the Hotel Continentale in Florence. The drapes are attached to a recessed hospital track and simply are gathered in the four corners when not in use. A commenter (splatgirl) on the original post published on this room said a good DIY alternative to getting this look would be to use the IKEA KVARTAL system.
• Warm things up with textural fabrics. Seen at the Olde Bell Inn
in England, these highly textural soft surfaces give this room a feel of instant warmth, even though the walls are plain, unadorned white, which can sometimes appear cold. Fuzzy wool pillows, a rough weave rug, fringed blankets and a herringbone tweed duvet all work in harmony to create a quietly welcoming coziness
• Storage and smart ideas for a small space abound in this tiny hotel room. Seen at the Hotel Therese
in Paris, two tall vertical cupboards flank the bed, creating a cozy reversed headboard "nook" while adding tons of storage to the small room. And the ideas keep coming: Cubbys are recessed into the sides of the cupboards, functioning as nightstands, wall lights make up for the lack of a surface for reading lights and the striped paper accentuates the height of the space.
• Change up, personalize and protect your headboard with fabric runners. Seen at the JK Place Hotel
in Florence, simple white linen runners are situated behind the pillows on the headboards. You could do something similar at home, introducing color or pattern to your bed whenever you like by switching in new fabrics.
• Make a small room seem larger by focusing on adding pattern up high, accentuating the height of the room by pushing the eye upwards. Spotted at the Jane Hotel
, New York, a small, train compartment-like space makes up for the lack of square footage with style to spare by introducing a retro-style paper with an allover (eyecatching) pattern.
• Seen at Opposite House
in Beijing, a subtle room divider made from sheers which echoes the window treatments. By using the same curtains for both applications, it creates a feel of symmetry and calm that makes the space dividing properties of the divider seem secondary to the aesthetic choice.
• Add visual interest to spare with an oversized fabric or wallpaper "headboard". Spotted at Claridge's
in London, this simple (and potentially inexpensive, depending on your materials choice) project makes for a dramatic space. The keys to making it look really finished are the molding around the edge and the sconces wall mounted on top of the pattern.