Little luxuries: how to decorate your home like a hotel

Hotel inspired decor is a big hit with house hunters. The minimalist style is not only pleasing to the eye, it also makes it easy for buyers to imagine making the property their own. There are benefits for the seller, too: studies show that removing clutter can help to make you feel more relaxed and productive.

Here's how to borrow style tips from luxury hotels to boost the appeal of your home.  

Keep it neutral

One of the reasons why people feel comfortable in hotel rooms is because they're impersonal. To mimic this at home, remove family photographs from bedside tables, bathrobes and coats from behind doors and any other items that make your bedroom look lived in. In the bathroom, make sure toiletries are out of sight. Further, aim to keep surfaces as empty as possible throughout the rest of your home.

You may wish to add one or two accessories – Pinterest is a great source for inspiration. For example, copper trays are a great way to organise knick-knacks, and are very boutique hotel chic.

Use a classy colour palette

Consider repainting your walls in an elegant colour like charcoal grey or midnight blue. Remember, if you chose a very dark or bold shade it's best to paint one wall as a feature and leave the others neutral. Add finishing touches such as scatter cushions, ornaments and flowers to complement your colour scheme. Gold looks great with dark blue, while dusky rose looks wonderful with grey.

Choose white linens

Classic white sheets, preferably in Egyptian cotton with a high thread count, look luxurious and inviting. Think of them as an investment – they're high quality so they’ll last. What’s more, fluffy white towels will add instant luxury to your bathroom. 

The hotel style is, above all, neat and tidy. Before viewers arrive, fluff up the pillows and make the bed. Vacuum rooms and tidy away any clutter. A chocolate on the pillow isn't essential.