With the festive season just around the corner, many of us will have plans for family and friends to stay with us over the holiday period. With this in mind, how can we make the guest room feel as comfortable and welcoming as possible–simply with a few select lighting choices–so that the space reflects the design of a bedroom within a high end, luxury hotel?
Layers of Light
The most effective scheme will build up layers of lighting to create the right mood for the guest, taking into consideration various factors, such as the purpose for the light, time of day, etc. Starting from ground level, you should consider how floor uplights, skirting level marker lights, wall lights, pendant, ceiling and downlights can combine to affect the mood of the space.
Much like in a luxurious hotel bedroom, you want that initial “wow” sensation, which lighting is uniquely able to convey. But it should then be possible to slowly wind down the layers to maybe just a small directional beam from a LED reading light, allowing a guest to continue reading a book they can’t put down while their partner sleeps beside them.
Bathrooms deserve to be treated just as creatively as any other space. So, to enable a purposeful morning routine for your guests, practical yet flattering illumination is needed–lights on either side of the mirror, for example, to minimize the shadows on the face. But after a long day, lower level lighting is needed, giving the bathroom the soothing, spa-like feel called for before a long soak in the bath. It adds so much to the guest experience.
The light fitting you choose will largely depend on the overall design scheme of your guest bedroom and bathroom.
It is all too easy to overlook the lighting within your guest bedroom/bathroom. However, it has a huge part to play in any design scheme, and greatly affects your guest’s comfort, mood and overall experience of their stay.