Thinking about painting your home? Make sure you choose your colors carefully.
It’s a minor job compared to other home renovations, but how you paint your home and plan your wall and trim colors makes a major impact on how you use your space.
You can put this to work when designing your painting plan. Your color and finish choices can make a bold statement, so choose wisely.
Choosing the right properties of color
Color is the first thing you perceive when you enter a space, which means you’re evoking a mood from the very moment someone enters. When selecting color, think about the various properties and how they will interact with light and each other.
Saturation: Higher saturation can crank up the effect of even a moderate tone while lightly saturated variants of bright colors dial it back.
Tone and hue: Even within a broader color range, different shades set different moods. A cool forest green creates a restful bedroom feeling while olive gives the impression of militaristic productivity.
Contrasting colors: Remember the color wheel from grade school? It’s important for more reasons than just “yellow and blue make green.” Colors from across the wheel can complement each other, which is why warm shades such as yellow or orange provide a striking look when paired with complements like green or purple.
Surfaces: The texture of surfaces affects the appearance of color. Rough walls appear darker than smooth walls.
Room size: Darker colors tend to contract the size of a room, while lighter colors make it look more expansive. Keep this in mind so you don’t accidentally create a small claustrophobic black room, or a large white room that seems infinite.
Picking the best finish
Choosing a paint finish might seem like a minor detail after you select the color, but it makes a difference. More reflective finishes create a brighter, bolder and more stimulating look, even when the underlying color is the same.
Flat: A common matte finish that doesn’t reflect much light. It hides imperfections but also creates a low color saturation. It tends to have a generic, neutral look, and you need to be careful when cleaning it so as not to lose color.
Eggshell: Though still a matte finish, it gives an understated shine. Eggshell cleans more easily than flat, but you should still be cautious when cleaning it.
Satin: This offers a balance point between high-gloss and flat, with a smooth and attractive surface. It’s easily washable and stands up well to high levels of humidity. Satin works well in kitchens and bathrooms.
Semi-gloss/high-gloss: These finishes are at the high end of reflectiveness. They provide a lovely sheen, but imperfections in your wall will stand out. If you don’t want to paint the entire wall with a gloss finish, consider using it for baseboards, trims or other accent possibilities.
10 ways to make your home as comfy as a luxury hotel
Upgrade your mattress
The centerpiece and most important furnishing in any hotel room is the bed, and the foundation of that is the mattress. If you don’t have a comfortable mattress that finds the perfect balance between firmness and softness, chances are you won’t be getting a restful night’s sleep. Given that mattresses last for several years, they’re worth the investment. Although Westin has their signature Heavenly Beds and Hilton uses Serta mattresses, we’re hard-pressed to find a mattress better than the TEMPUR-LuxeAdapt by Tempur-Pedic ($4,499, amazon.com). The luxurious Hotel on Rivington also uses Tempur-Pedic brand mattresses, and this model has multiple layers with comfort and cooling ability in mind, plus a memory-foam mattress that adapts to your body shape.
Switch out your bedding
Hotel sheets are renowned for being soft, crisp and durable. Luxury linen brands such as Frette and Sferra are popular choices for many hotel brands, but their high price point puts them out of reach for many buyers. Looking for a good dupe? Since Brooklinen was founded in 2014, it’s been a major supplier of hotel-quality sheets at a fraction of the price of competitors, thanks to its direct-to-consumer model. The chic-looking 100% linens keep sleepers warm on cold nights and cool on warm nights. We recommend purchasing the Linen Move-In Bundle ($714, brooklinen.com) for the most bang for your buck. It includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one down comforter and four pillowcases, plus laundry detergent.
Play music on a portable speaker
Walk into any luxury hotel room these days, and you’ll undoubtedly see (and likely hear) some type of music player by the bed. Portable speakers have become the preferred swap for the previously ubiquitous radio alarm clocks. Undoubtedly the most common are Bose speakers — as seen at the Dorado Beach A Ritz-Carlton Reserve — as they offer stellar sound and easy connectivity in a small, portable and affordable package. For your house, we recommend the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker ($129, amazon.com), which can be easily carried from room to room and even synced up with other speakers for parties.
Make cocktails like a pro
Whether you’re in a hip resort room with its own cocktail shakers like the Rosewood Phuket or in a luxe hotel with a popular lounge, chances are you’ll be imbibing during your luxury hotel visit. So bring the mixologist home with a Mixology Bartender Kit ($79.99, amazon.com) that includes a cocktail shaker with built-in strainer lid, three fast pourers for liquor, a lemon squeezer, an ice tong, bottle opener, bar spoon, muddler and measurement jigger. Aside from alcohol and any added ingredients, everything you need to serve up your favorite cocktails is in the set. We suggest consulting our roundup of hotel bars where famous cocktails were invented for some boozy inspiration.
Pamper your eyes
You feel pampered at a hotel, so why not bring that same indulgent feeling to your home? One simple-yet-effective way to create a spa-like, restful ambience in your bedroom is by getting cozy with a silk sleep mask. The Slipsilk sleep mask ($50, amazon.com) is particularly popular for its reportedly anti-aging, anti-sleep-crease and anti-bedhead qualities — not to mention they look absolutely divine.
Get cozy with a new throw blanket
We love things that can serve multiple functions, and a cozy, luxurious throw blanket can do just that. It acts as a cozy wrap when it’s chilly and as an elegant decoration when draped across a chair or edge of the bed. Whether you’re using it while curling up with a book or displaying it as a statement piece, the Connecticut Home Company’s Luxury Faux Fur with Reversible Sherpa Throw Blanket ($23.99, amazon.com) is the perfect home addition. It’s affordable, it’s large, and it has 4.7 stars and more than 2,000 ratings on Amazon, plus there are a dozen colors from which to choose. Go full white or faux fur for a glam luxury hotel look at home.
Sleep in a pitch-black room
Even if you choose to sleep with an eye mask, nothing can create a dark, sleep-inducing environment better than blackout curtains. Most luxury hotels, like the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, know the importance of pitch-black sleeping conditions and ensure not even a crack of light makes it into your hotel room once shades are pulled. If you want to do the same in your home without spending a fortune, the NICETOWN Thermal Insulated Grommet Blackout Curtains for Bedrooms ($35.95, amazon.com) are the way to go.
Drink from fancy glasses
The minibars in midrange hotels likely have a couple of cans of soda, domestic beer and plastic bottled water. Yawn. Minibars in luxury hotels pull out all the stops with full-size wine and liquor bottles, locally made granola and candy, and kits for a romantic night, plus gorgeous crystal glasses for a sophisticated touch — like at the stunning Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. Follow their lead. No matter if you’re sipping a whiskey Old-Fashioned or hydrating with tap water, using a crystal glass will have you feeling like you’re drinking in a classy hotel bar. Available on Amazon, the Marquis by Waterford Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses ($41.79, set of four, amazon.com) is a chance to own famed Waterford crystal at a value price.
Feel like you’re walking on air
Skip the classic hotel slippers that are flimsy, thin and far too slippery when walking on tile. We think the perfect pair of house slippers are easy to walk in, feel like you’re walking on a cloud and are warm and cozy on the inside. The UGG Coquette slippers are some of the highest rated on Zappos. Expect soft shearling lining, a sheepskin cuff, moisture-wicking lining to keep feet dry and Treadlite soles for traction control. You may never want to wear real shoes again.
Fill your home with fresh flowers
Enter any luxury hotel, and you’ll see a large centerpiece of professionally arranged flowers, or at least a lovely bouquet on the front desk. While seemingly a simple touch, having fresh flowers displayed in your home creates a touch of splendor in addition to adding a lovely scent and visual focus. You could head every week or so to the nearest florist or grocery store, but we like to make things as simple as possible, so we’re endorsing BloomsyBox (prices vary, bloomsybox.com), a flower subscription service. The service includes hand-picked flower bouquets delivered from sustainable farms around the globe, with weekly and monthly plans available across a few different cost categories.