Give your home the 5* hotel treatment

Weekends away have been non-existent for so long, it’s hard to remember a time when we could zip off to a boutique hotel for a decadent few days of rest and relaxation. Sipping cocktails at the bar, luxuriating in a deluxe bathroom and admiring hotel design at its best is a distant memory.

But who’s to say you can’t recreate some of that magic at home?

There’s no reason you can’t inject some 5 star style into all the rooms in your house. A polished boutique hotel look is all about luxurious layering and original design products. Capture the grandeur and elegance of Victorian or Georgian period properties, club houses and exclusive gentleman’s clubs. Here are five ways you can add some old-school understated elegance with a little modern glamour....

how to create hotel style at home by The Library Ladder Company  how to create hotel style at home by the library ladder company

  1. The Whiskey Bar Look

Any boutique hotel worth its salt has traditional wood panelling that screams quality and sophistication. If you’ve longed to mimic the whiskey bar vibe, then our panelling products are here to help you achieve the look at a fraction of the price. In true country hotel style at its best think plaid cushions, candlesticks and a glass of Scotch by a roaring fire!

Try our classic Shaker style wall panelling No.120 and 121 ~ use them in combination for a floor to ceiling panelling effect for your hallway or below dado rail height in sitting rooms. The benefit of using Purotouch panelling is that it’s lightweight, easy to install and primed. 

Why not paint your panelling in a dark shade? Hotel design is rarely ‘safe’ and is more daring in its design you can be too! Hotels often favour an atmosphere of intimacy, a cosy retreat-like feel and this can be achieved with dark panelling.

Ceiling panelling by the library ladder company

Don’t stop at the walls.....install ceiling panels too!

We recommend No.30 panels – decorative and recessed shaker wall and ceiling panels with pleasing proportions to add a touch of glamour. These square panels also look fabulous and geometric when hung below a large, plain dado rail and can even be recessed into the wall for a deeper look than our other panels.   

59.5cm Wide x 59.5cm High x 4.3cm deep. £70.22 per panel

LED lighting cornice collection by the library ladder company

Incorporate LED cornice moulding uplighting for a soft evening glow which flatters and imbues a sense of calm. Choose from our range of contemporary styles that neatly hide cabelling and don’t cost the earth.

NB: The Library Ladder Company does not supply LED lighting.

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  1. Peaceful corners

Packing an overnight bag and setting off to a boutique hotel for the weekend is one of life’s luxuries. Switch off, gain some perspective and find a quiet corner for reading and contemplation. Libraries have traditionally provided that perfect privacy that we all crave and our clever Invisidoor Hinge is a neat bit of kit that allows you to install a hidden door, concealed by a bookcase ~ the kind of touch you’d expect to see in a hotel!

Now you’ll look at doorways in a whole new light, with design potential....and for a bookcase secret door. These chunky, durable hinges allow for both an inswing and outswing so they’re practical aswell as stylish.

Invisidoor Hinge Kit £207

Invisidoor hinge kit by the library ladder company

  1. Sophisticated lighting

A mark of good design is good lighting. As interior designer Dan Gibbons of XInteriors reveals, “It’s the first thing we consider when designing a space.” Effective lighting can create whatever atmosphere you desire ~ energising bright lighting in the hotel gym, subdued lighting in the spa or intimate lighting in the restaurant. Giving some thought to your home lighting will make a big difference to both your wellbeing and productivity, helping you achieve that sophisticated hotel vibe.

Our LED Coving collection is a range of crisp coving that will provide soft lighting in your living, dining area or kitchen at the end of a busy day. With all wiring hidden within the coving channelling it’s a tidy way of adding both lighting and architectural detailing. All of our coving is lightweight, easy to install and ready to paint.

NB: The Library Ladder Company does not provide the LED lighting.

Cornice Lighting Collection by the library ladder company

  1. Luxurious Bathrooms

Hotel bathrooms.....a sanctuary where one can retreat from the chaos of daily life....perfectly designed with the highest quality finishes and rolled up towels. Transform your bathroom from functional to fantasy with double sinks, dimmable lighting and a roll top bath. If you’ve never considered using wall panelling in your bathroom before, consider it now. Our lightweight, water resistant panelling is a much more original option than tiles and is great for covering up uneven walls.  

Our range of Purotouch products can be used together from wall panelling, dado rails, cornicing, skirting, ceiling roses and beading.

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  1. Rolling Library Ladders

One of the things we don’t like to talk about when designing our homes is how to hide ugly appliances! Hotels have a knack for hiding all the detritus behind closed doors....and you can too. Installing wall to ceiling cupboards and shelving can hide all manner of fridges, boilers and washing machines. With your bespoke joinery now in place, our rolling library ladders allow you to reach those top storage style. Far from being solely a practical design solution, rolling ladders are an original and witty addition too ~ completely safe and easy to store away vertically, it’ll send your friends green with design envy.

Storage ideas with library ladders by the library ladder company

@stockbridgesolutions have done just that – above image.

Browse our range of full rolling ladders here.

It won’t be long until you can experience the delicious luxury of a weekend away, but until then, enjoy an Easter staycation in style!

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