Did COVID-19 nip your travel plans by the bud? Did you plan on traveling to that fancy 5-star resort but find yourself stuck at home? Ever wondered how you can make your space feel like a Five-Star Hotel room? The housekeeping staff swear by this:
Freshen It Up
First things first, open the windows. Let it breathe! Not just the day you clean, do it regularly, you wouldn’t want condensation. You need to let fresh air circulate in the room.
Once that is done, whip out a good air freshener; a candle or a bowl of potpourri replenished with a few drops of your favorite essential oil should do. Fresh flowers will leave a lingering scent and brighten the space. For an extra boost of fragrance, place a few drops of essential oil onto a tissue, and draw it into your vacuum cleaner. The scent will permeate when vacuuming. It really will.
Next, try out the linen trick. It feels good to wrap yourself in newly washed sheets. Ironing the sheets beforehand gives them that hotel-quality crispness, make sure to use gently-scented detergents.
How your room looks is pertinent. Keep your bedroom presentable by getting into a morning routine of making the bed and tidying up. If you can do a light cleaning before you go to bed, a decluttered space can help to achieve a better night’s sleep.
Bring nature in
There is something about plants in a room. Don’t be shy, introduce plants or fresh flowers into the bedroom for a luxurious element. Look into potted options like jasmine, aloe vera, peace lilies, or lavender, all of which reportedly help you sleep better.
When choosing the perfect lighting, switch to a warm yellow bulb, usually referred to as warm white or natural white. This instantly creates an overall warm and cozy vibe.
The detail is in the perfect linen
Don’t just choose anything, carefully seek out bed linens with 400 thread count and 100 percent white cotton. This combination boasts of soft and long-lasting and can be used all year-round. A natural goose-feather or goose-down duvet at 10 togs is suitable for all seasons. Note that for a warmer night, a 100 percent pure cotton blanket provides a good alternative.
The Perfect Pillows
Go for a blend of feathers (75 percent) and down (25 percent) when choosing pillows. As a rule, all beds hold four pillows — two king-size and two standard sizes.
Provide Turndown Service
Ever heard of a turndown service? Did you know that to ease into bedtime, it helps to conduct your version of turndown service? Pull back the covers, draw the curtains, and light a candle. If you want to add some Five-Star touches, add chocolate on the pillow and some water on the bedside table.
Create a noise-free zone by clicking off the TV — if there’s one in the bedroom — and leaving your cell phone in another room. It works.
Make Your Bed like Brown’s
Do as the pros do. To replicate a bed in a luxury property, Olga Polizzi, director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels (she designed the bedrooms in Brown’s), offers some tips:
•Make sure that the pillows don’t touch. Pillows should be evenly placed and centered on each side of the mattress (on a king-size mattress, think of an imaginary line dividing the bed into two single mattresses).
• Four is the magical number. There should be four pillows on the bed, possibly a combination of down, feathers, and non-allergenic options.
• Important to note is that the bedspread should cover the gap between the mattress and the bed base. The top third of the bedspread should be folded back on itself.
• While making the bed, ensure that the duvet is pulled up to approximately 10 inches from the head of the mattress.
• Center the accent pillows in front of the main pillows, slightly on a slope.
Article by Travel and Honeymoon Guide