The only thing worse than staying in a hotel is staying in a hotel that looks like it was decorated by the cast of The Shining. (Forget about trying to rest.) Check out these top hotels globally. But fret not, we’ve created this list of ten ideas for making your hotel room feel more like home. So next time you book your next trip, ask for one of these!
1) Put up some photos and artwork
A great way to personalize your space is to bring pictures. Everyone has tons of photos on their phones, so pulling some up will instantly make this feel like your room. (This also works in a house or an apartment.) And you can even print out that iPhone photo you took of the view from your hotel window when you stayed in the Caribbean last year.
2) Put up a couple of pieces of art
This is the perfect place to stock up on inexpensive prints from your local thrift store. You can go modern and abstract (try something bold like red and black lines) or you can even go old school with a couple of charming, naive prints. You can hang this stuff up on the wall or pin them up on the curtain rods.
3) Invest in a small lamp
Lamps are simple and classic ways to add personality to a space. This is one item that won’t take up too much room, but will make all the difference when it comes to adding ambiance. Try dressing up the base of this lamp with some pretty fabric and a couple of colorful seashells.
4) Pop open your wardrobe and add some storage
Don’t forget about your hotel closet! There are plenty of items you can use in there to make it feel more like home. Try some books from your home, a few decorative throws, or even some extra clothes—anything! You don’t have to store all your things in there, but you can use the space to add some character.
5) Decorate with a few accessories
Don’t underestimate how many little details add up when decorating this way. Pick up a few decorative pillows, some pretty dishes and a few pieces of artwork. This way, when you’re not in your room and all you see is the curtains, you can sit back and imagine someone else’s life going on behind that curtain.
6) Add a few favorite items to your bureau
There are all kinds of fun little things you can add to this space. You can even set them up on the mirror itself if you like. Try putting up some photos on your closet door or even an old calendar from when your kid was young (now they’re college age). Whether these are fun reminders or just sentimental ones, they help to make this tiny space feel more like home.
7) Add a fun pillow
Another easy way to personalize your space is to just add something funky, like a cute pillow altogether. These are perfect for filling up the seat of your chair when you’re in the room and make everything seem cozier. You can even get a few and stick them around the room or on your bedside table. These can also be used in other ways too, like by putting them under your feet while you’re sitting on the side of the bed or in front of a mirror.
8) Go digital
This may sound like a far fetched idea, but adding digital screens to your room can make it feel more like home. Even just setting up your desktop or laptop on the desk in the room and watching a movie or playing a game could help. When you’re sitting in there by yourself, it might feel too much like an empty hotel room, but setting up a few screens will make it seem more lived-in and less lonely.
9) Bring some fun accessories
Add things that make you happy or even things that remind you of where you’re from. A mug from your favorite coffee shop will make the room feel like yours and make the little things in life seem that much better. Try adding a few pieces of jewelry or other little accessories to the room. You can even bring a small plant or two!
10) Add a few candles
Candles are a classic way to add some ambiance and make your hotel room feel more like home. These also have some added benefits (like making sure you don’t fall asleep with one on). Candles also work well for setting the mood for any romantic trysts you may have planned for the evening.
After you’ve added a few of these decorative touches, you’ll notice right away that the atmosphere of your room feels a little more like home. Rest up and enjoy your stay!
The only thing worse than staying in a hotel is staying in a hotel that looks like it was decorated by the cast of The Shining. (Forget about trying to rest.) But fret not, we’ve created this list of ten ideas for making your hotel room feel more like home. So next time you book your next trip, ask for one of these!