You don’t have to plan an expensive vacation just to enjoy a luxurious setting. In fact, there are small changes you can make at home that will help you live a more comfortable lifestyle. By incorporating the basic ideas used by 5-star hotels, you can pamper yourself every day of the week.
Create a Refreshment Bar
A great trick to make your home feel more comfortable is to bring back the idea of a refreshment bar. This was a common feature in living rooms of the 1950s and 1960s, but the practice has been out of style for decades now. You can bring it back. Buy a simple entertainment stand or kitchen trolley and set it up in the corner of your living room.
Alternatively, you can build a larger bar if you feel like taking on a more extensive home improvement project. Once you have the bar of your choice in position, stock it with liquor or soft drinks. Add an ice bucket, glasses, and plates.
To finish stocking your entertainment bar set out a plate of snacks, such as fresh fruit, a charcuterie platter, or pastries. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet night in front of the television or entertaining guests, you’ll enjoy the convenience of keeping refreshments close.
Use Scents to Create a Pleasant Atmosphere
While you might not consciously realize it, one of the things that makes a hotel stay seem so special is the alluring scents in the room. Hotels create a pleasing aroma by matching the soaps, air fresheners, and candles in the room. You can pick any scent that appeals to you, such as lavender, vanilla, or roses.
Matching everything to give off a similar scent will maximize the aroma and make it more recognizable. You can use air fresheners, soap, candles, and other scented items to set a theme. For example, choose a cinnamon scent during Christmas or switch to pumpkin spice for Halloween.
Make Your Bedroom More Luxurious
Even if you’re not trying to duplicate a specific hotel experience, your bedroom should be the most luxurious room in your home. A comfortable sleeping environment will make it easier for you to rest and relax.
Start by laying a 12-inch memory foam mattress over your current mattress. This is also a great remedy for a mattress that’s old and worn. Add softer bedding as well. Satin or silk sheets will help you stay cool and sleep more comfortably. Replace your pillows with bigger and firmer pillows. Keep the air conditioner set between 65 and 75 degrees at night since people sleep better in cooler environments.
Get Rid of Harsh Indoor Lighting
You’ll also feel more comfortable in your home if the lighting is softer. Instead of using bright white light bulbs, switch to a softer tone. You can find bulbs that give off almost any color, or you can use bulbs with a cream-colored frost to subdue the light. Instead of using blinds to cover your windows, switch to curtains.
Light-colored fabric will help the room seem bigger without creating a distraction. Curtains can give any room a more welcoming and cozier feel since they are more personal than window blinds. Change to a darker color in the winter. Heavier drapes will help you conserve heat in the winter when they are closed or drawn.
Cover Your Sofa and Loveseat With Blankets and Throw Pillows
When it’s time to wind down after a long day, your ability to relax is essential. Even if your sofa doesn’t wrap you in comfort, there are ways to make it feel more luxurious. Dress your sofa, loveseat, or lounger in soft blankets and throw pillows.
Keeping pillows available can help you add the level of back or leg support you need to feel comfortable. If you feel a chill, cover up with one of the blankets you have draped over the back of the sofa. There’s no limit to the level of comfort you’ll feel with enough pillows and blankets.
The next time you plan a stay in a top-rated hotel, pay attention to the little things. There’s no reason you can’t bring those features and amenities home to create a more relaxing environment. Your home should feel like an escape from your daily grind, so don’t be afraid to pamper yourself.