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5 Ways to Achieve the Boutique Hotel Style at Home

Bring out the sheets and settle in for a staycation

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

How do you reward yourself? Do you enjoy occasional trips to the spa or do you prefer monthly shopping sprees? If you're one of the many who'd rather stay at home to get some sleep, you may want to transform your space into a relaxed and comfortable haven reminiscent of boutique hotels. Take note of these tips:

1. Know what you need and work with what you have.

As with any home improvement project, you need to identify what you need. Are you looking into improving the living area to make it more inviting? Or are you planning to revamp the bedroom to achieve a hotel-like space? Once you've finalized what you want to work on, check the current pieces that you have and see which ones you can retain, repaint, upcycle, or have reupholstered.

To save on costs, you may want to work with what you already have and what makes you feel at ease. Ask yourself if you need new pillows, new cushions, a set of curtains, and even a new bed. Remember, boutique hotels are all about relaxation so you need to feel the same when you step into your space.

2. Revisit your home's layout and see if it's still functional.

Can you move around freely without bumping into corners and can you access the different areas with ease? Study the layout of your space and see if you can move certain pieces around. Avoid a cramped look by sticking to the basics.

If you're working on your bedroom, limit the number of furniture that you have to make it calming and perfect for a well-deserved slumber.

3. Choose colors and materials that speak of comfort and relaxation.

Aside from opting for neutrals and pastels, you can also depend on hints of blue, light yellow, and green to make your home extra inviting and calming. If you're unsure about the materials you can work with or the colors to use, you can always consult with a design professional. Those going the DIY route can always scour the Web for pegs and references. Keep in mind that working with designers can help you save on costs and maximize the budget.

RL Tip: Make finalizing colors and pieces easier by taking note of your preferences. Ask yourself what makes you comfortable and relaxed? Do you prefer white over gray? It's your home so feel free to fill it with elements that meet your needs.

4. Don't be afraid to experiment and add unexpected touches.

"Remember, it's your home and not a showroom," says interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino. Don't just depend on accent and gallery walls or wallpaper to liven up your space. Take inspiration from this master bedroom found in a 75sqm two-bedroom condo—interior designer Johanna Corteza chose a 3D wall panel to give the bedroom a luxurious touch. You can also do the same or opt for a huge painting instead to cover the wall.

5. Showcase TLC in every corner.

What do you often see in hotel rooms and lobbies? We're sure that you've noticed fresh flowers in pretty vases and baskets of goodies filled with personal essentials. Why not do the same thing at home? Display a vase filled with flowers in the living area, showcase a couple of indoor plants in the kitchen, and fill your bedroom with calming scents using lavender.

RL Tip: Expecting guests over the weekend? Make the feel at home by preparing a basket with fresh towels, toiletries, and a pair of bedroom slippers.

Inspired by a snippet that originally appeared on the March 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your  digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

PHOTOS: Dairy Darilag and Vincent Coscolluela.

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