In this world, there are happy people who don’t rent apartments but live in hotels for years. Just think about it: a nice view out the window, regular cleaning, exquisite interior design, a big bathroom, and towels that are always clean.
We at Bright Side would also love to spend a few years at the Hilton hotel but we think that it’s much better to make our own places cozier and more comfortable. We decided to start with the bathroom and found out just how hotel owners manage to turn this ordinary room with a sink and shower into a work of art.
1. White towels
In most nice hotels, you won’t see any colored bed sheets, different-looking towels, bathtubs, or slippers. And this is all because white colors are way more practical. They can be washed at high temperatures and don’t fade, so they look really fresh and clean.
If you don’t like white, at least replace your bright towels with light one-color towels. To know which towel belongs to whom, you can embroider the first letter of the owner’s name on them.
2. A good shower
You don’t have to cover the walls with expensive tiles or change everything in the bathroom. The space will look completely different if you use the right showerhead. It looks original and it’s easy to use. Besides, many manufactures use water-efficient models that will save you some money.
3. A good-quality bath mat
Cheap, old mats can ruin even the nicest bathrooms. It’s better to buy a new mat and think about how it will look with the overall design. Better mats require more care but they look really amazing so they’re definitely worth it.
4. A functional mirror
A big mirror makes your space appear bigger than it is, it highlights the room’s design, and it looks gorgeous, unlike smaller ones. Additionally, it’s easier to see yourself in a big mirror. If you don’t have room for a big mirror, you can have an adjustable one. This hack is used by many for medical reasons.
5. Good window decorations
Unfortunately, not every bathroom has a view of the sea or mountains. And when the view is not very pretty, you need to do something to make it better. You can use non-transparent windows, interesting curtains, or pots with flowers. For example, bamboo looks pretty original and it handles high humidity with ease.
To hide flaws and make the room look fresher, put tulle with draping on the window. But make sure the fabric doesn’t reach the floor and doesn’t come in direct contact with water.
6. Keeping things in order near the sink
Instead of a bunch of bottles, hotels provide disposable packs with shampoos. At home, we have far more items but they can also be arranged nicely if you take the time to organize. Draw inspiration from the rooms in expensive hotels.
In Hotel Californian, they use brass coasters that look great with the warm colors of the bathroom itself.
And at The Vera, all the beauty products are put into bottles that match the colors of the taps. The coasters also match that same style.
7. The right light
For the comfort of visitors, hotels often use the main lights and additional ones. The area near the mirror is often highlighted with extra light. But it’s not made with some standard round lights or a frame — they’re arranged in a more interesting way.
The simplest option is flat lamps on the wall to the left and right of the mirror.
The color temperature of the lights is also extremely important. The higher the temperature, the colder the light and the more the bathroom will start to look like a hospital ward. Experts recommend using lamps with a color temperature below 3,000 К.
8. Attention to detail
Even the simplest room can look fresh and inviting if you add some bright and interesting details. You can buy some cool-looking soap or a wicker basket for the towels, pour your shampoos into nice-looking bottles, and use a pretty coaster instead of a regular glass for your toothbrushes.
Set up scented candles to create a nice atmosphere, vases filled with flowers, or a plate with rose petals on it near the sink. Some hotels put decorative figures and even antique items into their bathrooms. If you have a good-looking figure lying around, why not do the same?
9. Light minimalism
Hotel owners try not to overload the design with a lot of details and pretentious decorations: everything should be beautiful and comfortable. Bathrooms are often decorated in monochromatic colors — it looks gorgeous yet simple.
You can choose white furniture but the little details in the space can be different colors. This will bring the entire design together. If you have a small bathroom and poor lighting, this is the perfect solution for you. The color white makes the space bigger and lighter.
10. Natural materials and colors
The greatest hotels prefer natural colors and elements. Really bright colors and funny-looking textures are only seen in some art hotels and they’re really inappropriate for a regular apartment.
You can keep the design pretty neutral but not very conservative by mixing minimalism and boho. In many bathrooms, tabletops for the sink made of natural wood or stone look great. And things made of rattan are great for decorative elements.
11. Interior emphasis
If minimalism and the color white seem a bit too boring for you, you can experiment with decorations. For example, paint not only the walls but also the ceiling. But the floor should remain neutral or it will be too much. Another popular trick is a bathtub that has similar elements in color or texture to the tiles on the walls and other things.
Some creative wallpaper can also look great, whether you choose some with animalistic prints, exotic landscapes, or art objects. Don’t forget that small symmetric prints make spaces appear smaller. If the room isn’t big, choose wallpaper with big pictures or patterns.
You can also use humor. For example, one hotel used a hunting theme by combining wallpaper with quail on it and towel hooks that looked like a fox.
Another popular trick hotel owners use is playing with patterns and mosaics. You can even use several kinds of tiles in one bathroom. One French hotel has 3 of them and everything looks really stylish.
12. Maximum utility
Bathrooms in hotels don’t only have to be good-looking but also practical. Bathrooms are designed to be easy to clean quickly before the new visitors arrive. Such an approach will make life easier at home too, so maybe you should use some of these hacks in your bathroom.
*To decorate the walls, it’s better to use tiles with even edges and small gaps in between. To make it even more comfortable, it’s better to cover the surface in tiles from the floor to the ceiling. *Hanging shelves take up a lot of space and collect dust, so you may want to replace them with niches in the walls. *Hanging toilets make floors easier to wash.