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Tips for decorating in the spirit of high-end hotels

Sometimes a "staycation" is just what you need, and you can make it fabulous with some hotel-inspired decorating.

California Home + Design magazine identified several hotels around the state with sensational do-it-yourself ideas for homeowners.

San Francisco's Japantown is home to Hotel Tomo, which, with its anime murals and unfettered use of Japanese pop culture, is a good illustration of high style, low budget. The standard headboard in rooms in the hotel have been replaced with an inexpensive sheet of unfinished plywood, bolted to the wall and enlivened with spots of color added by the pillows, bedspread and table-topper.

In Palm Springs, the Parker is known for playfully themed rooms like the Gene Autry residence, where the singing cowboy once lived, and for its artful use of textures in decorating. One room, for example, features wire seats covered with a textural lambswool, though you could also choose faux fur or chenille to give them a unique character. The hotel uses this approach in many rooms with pillows and throws with a soft and cuddly feel.

Killefer Flammang designed guest rooms that beautifully highlight the understated elegance of the Hotel Wilshire in Los Angeles. Especially noteworthy is the unconventional choice and placement of art. The gorgeous blue of a painting increases in impact if it's small and placed off to the side, adding drama in a way a larger, more centered piece could not.

Woman's Day magazine also featured hotel-driven ideas for turning a simple space into a sumptuous refuge.

In the bath, think spa
Women's Day quoted Kris Kolar, vice president and style director for Robb & Stucky, about one of the easiest ways to transform a bath:

"In good hotels, the mirror in the bathroom's going to be huge ... The right mirror will make the whole bathroom look more expensive - and larger, too."

Another way to make a bath more polished is to install elegant switch plates and decorative plug outlet covers that either complement or contrast with key colors and themes.

Approaching your bath as a mini-spa may come to life with plush towels, pretty flowers and flickering candles, it also demands a certain mindset, added Kolar:

"Things are more Zen in both the bathroom and the bedroom at upscale hotels." she added.

Chinese antiques or reproductions tend to induce the relaxing atmosphere of a resort spa, she said, and a  bamboo bath mat features clean lines, organic materials, a neutral color - and a relaxing vibe.  

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