What sets boutique hotels apart from luxury hotels, other than the former having fewer and smaller rooms, is their strong emphasis on design and individuality. Each bedroom usually has a different theme. For a unique boutique look in the bedroom, follow these easy steps!

Premier Garden Room at The New Majestic Hotel. Photo: www.newmajestichotel.com

Follow a theme or mood
“A boutique hotel guestroom gives you a sense of escape from the daily grind,” says Colin Seah of Ministry Design, who designed the award-winning New Majestic Hotel. For a boutique hotel-esque bedroom, homeowners should aim towards “comfort, but with a strong visual presence”.

Ting Huong Tak, general manager of M Social echoes a similar sentiment: “Decide on a theme or mood, and use unique finishes and a variety of furnishing and fittings to tie it together. However, keep comfort and practicality in mind.”

M Social Hotel. Photo: www.msocial.com.sg

Add one-of-a-kind features
Take a cue from M Social, the recently-launched design-led hotel (M Social is too big to be considered a boutique hotel though!) designed by Philippe Starck. Its rooms feature statement-making designs such as pitched roofs and concrete-finished walls, and also high padded headboards, printed carpets and plush leather sofas.

If you don’t want to commit to bold finishes and colours, Colin suggests instilling a sense of playfulness by displaying quirky travel finds, oversized plants, and artwork. Other elements such as platform beds and multi-purpose furniture – which is great for small spaces – will also work!

Gabrielle, at Naumi Hotel. Photo: www.naumihotel.com

Must-have: Statement pieces
You just need one attention-grabbing furniture or accessory item to achieve the desired look. Consider lounge-like or oversized furniture pieces that will not only create a lasting impression, but are comfortable and functional as well. An example? Consider the armchair upholstered in a loud print or colour, like the one pictured above.

This story was first published on www.homeanddecor.com.sg.

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