Good Questions: How to Achieve a "Boutique Hotel" Look?

Good Questions: How to Achieve a "Boutique Hotel" Look?

Heather Blaha
Aug 28, 2007

I've been living in my first Chicago apartment (a studio in River North) for 3 months now and am stumped about how to start decorating.

I wanted to go for a clean "boutique hotel" look. My first purchase was the Grace sofa from Crate and Barrel in army green (more of a soft grey-olive green) and I have no clue where to go from there!

I'm not even sure that the sofa style/color lend themselves to a boutique color scheme or decor. Help!

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I need a paint color for an accent wall (behind the sofa and my bed), a rug, a coffee table and a small dining set/desk that can be pushed against a wall. The condo unit is new with dark green marble countertops that connect the kitchen to the living space and light hardwood floors. My view is spectacular...I just need my apartment to catch up!

I think I need to start with a color palette. Any ideas that will help jumpstart that boutique hotel vibe?


Dear Kate,

Boutique Hotel style can mean a lot of different things, color-wise, so we think there's no real "wrong" way to go. We did search out a light, modern look as a place to start, given your olive green sofa and dark green marble countertops. Because of all the dark, we say go light with the rest! Whites and neutrals (like the ones shown above, in an image from the Cass Hotel Chicago, would work well with your greens, letting the focus be on a few specific objects and the "spectacular view" you've got!

Anyone want to chime in with other ideas and/or other pieces to help dress Kate's apartment?

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