10 Easy ways to transform your home into a hotel

By Renate Engelbrecht

Wednesday, Feb 03


Seeing that staycations are the norm these days, people are looking for ways to make their homes feel more luxurious and comfortable. Here are ten ways in which you can make your home feel more like a hotel and enjoy staying at home even more.


1. Be inspired

Nothing will inspire you more than your favourite hotel rooms! Hotel decor trends is certainly something to look into when you want to give your home a more luxurious, hotel-like feel. Some of the current hotel decor trends include: high quality, natural finishing materials (have a look at the new Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre, OR Tambo), eco decor like green plants in various solutions, warm palettes and expressive decor. There is also a trend of bringing art to a maximum in the hotel industry, like at the Turbine Hotel & Spa in Knysna, so if you’re an art lover, perhaps a good art piece or two might come in handy in transforming your home into a hotel.

P.S. If you’re looking for some interesting and inspiring plants to add some luxury to your humble home, have a look at Saffron’s Garden. She delivers nationwide.


2. Colourblock

Choose a colour that you would like to be your focal point and build around that. Couple it with solid colours for an elegant statement. It does not always have to be white. In fact, look at this beautiful room, decorated with a washed cotton gray duvet cover set and added natural cream shades from Volpes to complete the look.


Accessories help to create a luxurious feel and usually aids in adding that final touch. It can, however also sometimes be too much, so when you add accessories to your home, choose them wisely. A textured, luxurious throw, folded neatly over the foot of the bed can be too much if the bed’s linen already has textures and patterns. But, for an elegantly made bed with simplistic, white, luxury linen, it could be the perfect touch. If you’d like the room to make a statement, try adding an opulent mirror (which will also aid in making the room feel bigger).

For some quality, luxurious scatter cushions, my go-to is KNUS. Jackie Raubenheimer from Set the Stage suggests that you get them in one size larger feather inners to create a more luxurious look and feel.

A statement vase could also do wonders in a simply decorated room. Checkers has some lovely recycled glass vases and Hertex‘s Coconut vase also tickled my fancy.

4. Thread counts

Somehow, five-star luxury is always associated with elegant, crisp, white linen. If you’d like to enhance that feeling of luxury in your home, consider buying white linen with a thread count between 200 and 600. If your budget is a bit tight, you can achieve the same look and feel with a 144 polycotton duvet cover set.

5. Simplicity is key

A cluttered home has a way of increasing our levels of anxiety. It also has a negative effect on sleep and focus. Decluttering your home and transforming rooms in which you spend the most time into spaces where you feel welcome and relaxed, might be one of the best things you do for yourself in 2021! This can be done by throwing out or gifting things you haven’t used for long, and by putting things that are out of place into storage – whether it’s in a cupboard or a basket.

Raubenheimer says: “Choose one to three statement or larger pieces instead of a hundred smaller items. Simplicity is key in creating a calm and inviting space.”

6. Natural light

A dark and dusty hotel room reminds me of scary movies and crime scenes. To create a hotel feel in your home, clean your windows, blinds and curtains and keep them wide open to let as much natural light flow into your home as possible. Natural light will not only add to the hotel feel of your home, but also to good mental health. Natural light is a selling point for homes, it also provides vitamin D and wards off seasonal depression.

7. Cleanliness

A luxurious hotel room is always sparkly clean. So, to transform your home into a hotel, a good old spring clean (or even a proper deep clean) is in order. It might actually not be a bad idea, considering the current situation with the Coronavirus.

8. Statement walls

Whether you paint the wall behind your bed in an accent colour or whether you add a large, impressive headboard, wallpaper or art, a statement wall makes a big difference.

9. Clever bedside tables

Are you also one of those people who can’t keep their bedside tables neat and tidy? I know I am. Investing in a bedside table with drawers is a good idea if you are in the process of transforming your home into a hotel. Keep it simple with a book or two, a small flowerpot or scented candle and a bed lamp for a touch of elegance and homeliness. If it’s too small for a bedside lamp, consider investing in a hanging bedside lamp. Leroy Merlin and LightInTheBox both have some great options.

10. Luxury scents

Nothing says welcome like a home (or hotel) that smells good. Anke Products has some really great fragrance diffusers, scented soy candles, tea candles and aroma ceramic stones to choose from.

There are many other ways to make your home feel more like a hotel – these are but the tip of the iceberg. Still, it’s worth kicking off the transformation with these tips – I bet you and your family will feel refreshed and ready for the year ahead!




Image credits: Set the Stage



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