With vacations and even business travel put on hold for much of 2020, the average American is getting a bit bored with the monotony of their weekends looking very much like their weekdays — spent almost entirely within the same walls.
Why not give yourself an upgrade and indulge in some affordable items that will give your rooms a facelift without having to raise your credit limit. You know that refreshing feeling you get when you arrive at a resort, open the door to your room at an upscale hotel, or relax outdoors during a vacation stay? You can recreate that rejuvenating mood easily and quickly right at home.
Whether you have a front porch, back deck, or patio, there are simple ways to spruce up the area where you kick back and relax al fresco. With the sun setting earlier in the fall and winter months, you want to be sure to have ample lighting outside for enjoying the fresh air atmosphere by having enough illumination to see others and enjoy the scenery comfortably without glare.
There are beautiful chandeliers, ceiling fans, and pendants available now that look as if they belong inside, but that are specially made to hold up to outdoor use. Before purchasing, you'll want to look at the product specifications to find the words "damp-rated" (which indicates the fixture can be safely used outdoors in covered locations, such as a porch) or "wet-rated" (which means it is safe to be used outdoors without being completely covered).
Hotels and resorts always have grand entrances, and you can do the same for your own property by installing landscape lighting. In addition to attractively illuminating a path, landscape lighting can be used to highlight trees, create water features, or graze/uplight a building's exterior for visual drama.
With restaurants nationwide serving at reduced capacity, it's been nearly half a year since many Americans have had the luxury of dining out (drive-thru windows don't count). Many people are missing the little things that make restaurant dining special.
If you and your partner haven't enjoyed a private meal together in months, you can re-create the romantic ambiance of a restaurant by lighting candles (even a portable lantern could set the mood) and turning off/dimming down the dining fixture overhead.
With families having more meals at the table than they have in years, it's a great time to upgrade your dining fixture to complement any renovations or redecorating you may have done in the recent past. A new chandelier will instantly update the room with a fresh look without your having to purchase any additional furniture.
Other ways to bring an upscale hotel feel to your dining table is to place a basic flower arrangement (bouquets are plentiful and affordable at most grocery stores) in a simple vase on the table. If ordering take-out from a local restaurant, presenting the food in a fancier way using decorative platters, trays, or plates will add a touch of specialness to the meal.
Among guests' favorite amenities in hotel bathrooms are illuminated mirrors. Not only do these backlit mirrors serve as a soft nightlight, but having light surround your face is ideal when performing grooming tasks because it does not cast shadows. As an alternative, you could install a swing-arm, wall-mounted illuminated mirror similar to those found in hotels or purchase a free-standing mirror to achieve the same result.
Of course super-plush terrycloth or Turkish cotton waffle weave robes are a luxury hotel staple that are widely available to consumers. Purchasing lush robes and a set of ultra-fluffy towels will further establish the five-star hotel vibe you want.
For those consider renovating or expanding their master bath, there are many damp-rated decorative chandeliers and lighting fixtures on the market that can withstand moisture/steam and elevate the aesthetics of the bath. Be sure to select a model that is marked "damp-rated."
If there one thing luxury hotels are known for, comfortable bedding ranks high on the list. If you can splurge on a better mattress, this would be the perfect time to indulge. With anxiety levels high from COVID-19 concerns and political strife, many people are seeking a better night's sleep.
What else helps you sleep better? Crisp linens, a well-formed pillow, and versatile lighting. In upscale hotels and resorts, guest rooms offer several layers of lighting. There is the overhead lighting fixture for general illumination, bedside lamps for reading while lounging, and often a task lamp on a desk for business needs. Very often there is an additional layer of accent lighting with a concealed light source that might highlight a ceiling area or underneath cabinets. Having a variety of lighting choices allows hotel guests to select a light level that appeals to their mood or task — and the same can be done for your own bedroom. Flexibility is an achievable luxury when it comes to lighting!
If you're looking to stay ahead of the design curve, there is a growing trend among interior designers for nightstands with clean, simple lines that complement today's Minimalist, yet stylish, décor. Instead of the typical table lamp beside the bed, designers are turning to decorative pendants that hang from the ceiling to just above the nightstand. This allows the surface to still accommodate a smartphone or tablet while maintain the table's streamlined appearance. There are also desk lamps with USB ports in the base that are convenient for charging devices while you rest.
Another technique interior designers are using to update bedrooms is installing a chandelier in place of a ceiling fan with a light kit or the basic overhead fixture that might have already been in the room when you moved in. Chandeliers, drum pendants, and decorative fixtures that are regularly seen in living room are now – depending on the bedroom's dimensions – making an aesthetic statement in the bedroom.
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