Many of us lead busy, hectic lives, making getting away on a romantic retreat with our partners the ultimate luxury! Sadly, travelling to charming country cottages isn’t possible right now due to lockdown restrictions. However, with a bit of inspiration, there are plenty of opportunities to create a romantic Valentine’s Day retreat right at home!
These gorgeous interiors from Unique Homestays are sure to get you feeling inspired and more than a little envious! Escaping to luxurious homestays like these is something we can look forward to in the near future, but for now, we take a look at how you can create similar spaces in your own home.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Lighting is one of the best ways to create mood and atmosphere in any room. Being strategic and intentional with your lighting can help provide an element of luxury, reminiscent of high-end homestays and holiday retreats.
Combining different lights and styles can also help elevate your space, creating varying levels of ambient glow. Opting for retro lights in shiny metallics, especially gold or brass, can also add an element of opulence. Often lights that emit a soft, warm haze or highlight particular spots are the best for creating relaxing spaces.
We love the use of elegant wall sconces below in Unique Homestays’ Atlanta property. The colour combination against the pale walls looks particularly good, only looking better when they have been switched on to cast a magical glow!
Highlight Existing Features
When looking to add a bit of luxury and stylish flair to your rooms, think about existing features that could be highlighted further. Homestays will often feature old wooden beams, beautiful windows or other period pieces, styling around these elements to accentuate their unique charm.
Consider how you can play up what is already beautiful in your room by enhancing or drawing attention to a particular feature you love.
Style Your Surfaces
One of the many joys of going away on a romantic break to a luxury homestay is the meticulous styling of every room. There won’t be a design piece out of place, adding to the beauty and comfort of the property.
This idea can easily be incorporated into your home by carefully styling your surfaces, whether this means in your kitchen, living room or bedroom, and paying attention to the little details. Group items together and put things in bowls or trays to effortlessly convey this professionally-styled feel.
Playing around with different sizes and textures can also help a space look more dynamic and intentionally styled. This is especially true when styling various elements on empty shelves.
The below shot from Kilnwood’s kitchen shows how carefully selected pieces can bring charm, character and functionality to a space, showing expert curation in even the smallest of details.
Dress Your Bed with Pillows and Blankets
Incorporating luxe fabrics is another great way to take your space to the next level, especially in bedrooms.
Adding throw pillows and blankets with different textures to your bed is an easy way to add that hotel retreat feel. Swapping out your old sheets for crisp white ones can also bring a new lightness to your room.
Unique Homestays’ The Fable property makes excellent use of this concept with plenty of comfy pillows and blankets dressing the bed. Their use of stylish whites and greys works perfectly in this airy cottage bedroom, but you can mix and match colours and styles in your own interiors to suit your current design aesthetic!
Relaxing Colour PalettesChoosing the right colours throughout your house plays a vital role in the mood you create. A peaceful colour palette is especially important for your bedroom, as you transform it into the ultimate sanctuary.
Soft neutrals often make among the best choices for soothing spaces. Whether this means painting your walls a calming white, beige or pale blue or adding light textiles with curtains, rugs or sheets, there are numerous ways to create a homestay-inspired escape by utilising colour.
Incorporate Houseplants and Flowers
For those that are unsure about what kind of design pieces to incorporate into their interiors, houseplants and fresh flowers can add instant elegance.
Houseplants can easily turn a plain room into a space of tranquillity and zen. Just being near nature can help us relax and unwind, making greenery the perfect addition to uplift your space.
Fresh flowers also provide bursts of colour and subtle scents, adding something new to an interior. Even simple bouquets can bring a richness that entices all the senses, giving a luxurious feel, especially when incorporated into the master bedroom.
This Unique Homestays kitchen is brought to life with the subtle touches of fresh flowers dotted around the room, bringing some additional country charm to the already stunning space!
Hopefully, we have given you some ideas to help transform your interiors into romantic homestay-inspired sanctuaries just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Although we’re all still unable to enjoy a true homestay retreat like those offered by Unique Homestays, we can certainly look forward to escaping to their unmatched interiors in the future!
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