The ambience, sense of luxury and touches of whimsy – there’s something about stepping inside a boutique hotel that makes you feel instantly inspired. And it’s just one of the beautiful looks we’ve got on show in our Carlisle Homes display homes across Melbourne.
Keen to recreate the look of your favourite boutique hotel in your own home? Our expert interior designers reveal the secrets of how it’s done.
A master suite that exudes luxury
Just like in a boutique hotel, your bedroom should be a place of pure, unadulterated luxury. Colour sets the tone of the space; opt for layers of soft, earthy neutrals such as chalky whites, greige, taupe and mushroom that evoke a sense of calm for the foundation elements in the room, like walls, floor, bedlinen and window furnishings.
A key ingredient of the boutique hotel look is having one statement piece in every room that instantly draws the eye. Make the bed the focal point by introducing an oversized headboard in luxurious velvet, and dressing the bed in gorgeous, textural linens, sumptuous throws and a medley of cushions in different sizes and fabrics. Chandelier-style pendants and mirrored bedside tables add to the sense of grandeur.
Add depth and textural interest with a feature wall behind the bed in a subtle, patterned wallpaper or a grass cloth or textured silk wallcovering. Then create a decadent feel underfoot with plush carpet. Learn how to add wow factor with wallpaper here.
For next-level luxury, create a cosy seating area within your bedroom scheme, complete with a pair of occasional chairs and a side table where you can pop a book. Finish off the look with simple black-and-white artworks and fragrant, fresh flowers.
Your master suite should feel luxurious, yet comfortable. An occasional chair or ottoman will add texture and warmth, and a statement side table for fresh flowers will introduce soft colours to the space. Featured here: Sorrento Grand, Eliston Estate, Clyde.
Opulent touches in the ensuite
Capture the indulgent, spa-like vibe of a boutique hotel with a beautifully appointed ensuite. Create a sense of cohesion with the adjoining bedroom by specifying the same or similar colours for your bathroom tiles, joinery and benchtops.
Opt for large-format tiles that boost the sense of space, and run them from floor to walls for a seamless look. Punches of black in your joinery and tapware will add a chic, contemporary feel. For benchtops, think premium stone that exudes elegance, such as Caesarstone. Keep the lines in the room simple and fuss-free with minimalist handles and under-mounted sinks.
Specify large mirrors to reflect the light and make the space feel bright and airy. Add character – and an eye-catching focal point – by introducing an opulent mirror with an interesting frame to one wall.
Window coverings should be both practical and stylish. White-painted venetians or plantation shutters have a classic feel, while allowing you to control light and privacy.
Large-format tiles running from floor to walls will boost the sense of space in your ensuite, and will add a seamlessly chic look. Featured here: Sorrento Grand, Eliston Estate, Clyde.
Elegance in the living area
Comfort is a must in a boutique-hotel inspired living area. Think plump, generous sofas you can sink into, touchable fabrics, and a plush, patterned rug you can curl your toes in.
For understated luxury, opt for a layered palette of gentle neutrals, which you can run across everything from flooring and furniture to joinery. Add interest through patterns in your wall prints, cushions and rugs. Little details will have a big impact in a refined scheme such as this one; you might, for example, add a contrast piping to your favourite armchair, splash out on a cashmere throw or choose a coffee table with a luxurious, marble top.
Dark timber accents in joinery and detailing will create an appealing contrast against all the soft neutrals, and will serve to visually ground the space. Keep clutter out of sight with a built-in joinery unit in a luxurious stone such as Caesarstone (it will also give you a handy extra surface to create a stylish vignette).
Add energy to your walls – and let your home tell a story – with abstract black and white artworks in simple frames. Pop an arrangement of fresh flowers in a simple glass or white ceramic vase on the coffee table, accompanied by a few stylish coffee table books.
Opt for understated luxury with a layered palette of gentle neutrals accented by varying patterns and textures across the space. Little details will have a big impact in a refined scheme.
An unforgettable entrance
Your entry is an opportunity to really make a statement and give guests a hint of the decorative delights to come. Create a space they’ll remember by mixing luxurious finishes, such as metallics, retro-inspired ribbed glass, and a Caesarstone hob, along with pieces from different eras, such as a vintage starburst mirror and bold, modern artworks.
Porcelain tiles are a great choice for flooring in a busy spot such as an entry – they have a sleek and sophisticated feel that’s perfect for the boutique-hotel look, while being durable and supremely easy to clean.
Add an extra dimension to the walls of your entry with a subtle, patterned wallpaper in tonal shades. Then finish off the look with well-considered lighting; a pair of wall sconces that wash the walls with a gentle light, along with table lamps on the hallway console that cast a welcoming glow.
Sleek sophistication – Porcelain tiles are the perfect choice for flooring in a busy spot such as an entry. For added luxury, incorporate a subtle, patterned wallpaper in tonal shades. Featured here: Sorrento Grand, Eliston Estate, Clyde.
A kitchen to inspire
Create a timeless and sophisticated kitchen that’s inspired by the refined colour palette and exquisite finishes of the boutique hotel look.
Give the heart of your home a point of difference by using the same soft-neutral palette as you’ve used elsewhere, but inverting the colours so the dark tone dominates. Think a rich and dramatic walnut laminate, which you can use across your built-in joinery and kitchen-island facing, and black-upholstered bar stools.
Up the luxe factor with a stunning Caesarstone benchtop in a tone such as Organic White that makes the space feel bright and open. Layer this with a pale marble or tiled splashback and elegant porcelain-tiled floors.
Add personality to the space with open shelving to your island where you can display ceramics, cookbooks and collectibles. Keep the rest of the look fuss-free with simple black handles and understated tapware.
For a clever way to boost natural light in your kitchen, take a tip from our designers and add a grey-tinted mirror to the wall above your overhead cabinets – it will not only bounce light around your kitchen, but draw views into the space.
Keep wall coverings to a minimum – or have none at all – so you can look outside and benefit from the calming effects of a connection with nature.
Who said you need to jump on a plane to get that relaxing, boutique hotel experience? You’ll never need to again.
The kitchen is the heart of your home! Up the luxe factor with a stunning Caesarstone benchtop in a tone such as Organic White that makes the space feel bright and open. Featured here: Sorrento Grand, Eliston Estate, Clyde.