What Hotels Are Doing to Keep Up With Millennials (Part 1)

Hotels and millennials have recently become a hot topic of conversation. Millennials are known to travel and explore new places all the time — sometimes for business, sometimes for leisure, and sometimes for both (which we call 'bleisure'). The hospitality industry is continually changing, evolving, and it is getting harder to keep up with all of the expectations. Millennials not only travel the most, they also cover the majority of the traveling population.

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Personalize Me

It’s not common knowledge that every traveler wants to feel that their experience is unique. Besides the standard amenities and services that are provided, hotels are beginning to focus more on the memorable experiences for their guests. This could be little notes or goodies left in the room or providing unique products that the guests asked for, even if the hotel does not carry those specific products. Going above and beyond the scope of what the guests usually expect will develop repeat guests/customers.

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Working and Lounging

This trend is becoming more and more noticeable in a lot of hotels around the world. Meeting spaces are becoming more integrated into possible work areas as well. People want to be around people, but not have to engage sometimes. Therefore, it’s nice to have chairs and tables to sit with a laptop, as well as a few couches and chairs to take a more relaxed approach. It’s the best of both worlds, whether you’re having a family gathering or a business meeting, it works for all areas.

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Exclusive Style

We have all been exposed to the same, uniform style rooms. You know, the ones you walk into, and they are all precisely the same. Well, thank goodness that is NOT trending, because no one wants to walk into the wrong room and not even realize it because there are no differences. Hotels are now attempting to get on board with the natural, reusable, and contrasting components to make up the guest rooms. This does not mean every room has to have its unique theme, but it does mean that you can expect more diversity between the guest rooms. This could be wall color, bedding, lighting, etc. 

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Home is Where the Hotel is

Millennials, although they want an excellent experience, aren’t typically in their rooms for too many hours of the day other than to sleep. Rooms are now becoming less cluttered with unnecessary things like dressers and armoires. Hotels are making sure that although the rooms might be more compact, they will be effortless and straightforward at the same time. Guests will still get all that they need from the room, especially seeing this trend with destination hotels. 

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Effortless Mobility

Online booking and payments are already fantastic, especially when it’s doable through an app. In addition, now checking-in is looking to be more comfortable and easier to do from a mobile device as well. Not only can people check-in without having to wait for a desk clerk, the keys, lighting, but room temperature can also all be accessed through your phone as well. This is a very new trend, but a trend nonetheless. Expect to see this become more popular over the next year or two. Oh, and don’t forget to get yourself a smartphone.

Color Psychology: The Emotional Impact on Guests

Have you ever walked into a room and your mood completely changed? There is a reason for that. The effect we feel from being around certain colors comes down to color psychology. Designers take this into consideration when choosing furniture, curtains, even wall color. Why? Because hotels want to make sure that the guests are experiencing the feel and vibe that the hotel wants to elicit. It is not common knowledge that different colors can have different effects on people, but it is pretty impressive what can happen with a carefully planned out space.

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White

White conveys simplicity, cleanliness and freshness. When was the last time you walked into a room that was mostly decorated with white and didn’t feel refreshed? White has the opportunity to give guests that “breath of fresh air” feeling. A hotel that has the guts to decorate with a majority of white throughout a space gives guests plenty of confidence that the place is well taken care of and clean. Not to mention that a white room can appear bigger and more spacious than it actually is. This is because light reflects off of white providing the visual effect that the room has more space.

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Red

Red is used frequently to convey a sense of warmth and comfort. Typically, it leaves the guests feeling a few different things. The color reflects the emotion of love, fun, happiness, and more. Red can create the feeling of excitement, in turn guaranteeing that the guests will be excited to be there. This color can also have the ability to help guests feel and act more energetic. Hotels in places such as Vegas, Austin, or other “party” cities that want to keep their guests up and awake to spend more money will use red everywhere.

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Blue

It’s pretty obvious that the color blue remains the best color to promote destination hotels. Blue creates a sense of calmness, serenity and stability. People want that, especially when deciding on a vacation spot. It’s relaxing and peaceful-- who wouldn’t want that feeling, right? Blue, of all shades, is used in many hotel designs to help guests feel comfortable.

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Green

When we think of green, we associate it with nature. Natural greens and plants placed throughout a guestroom or general hotel design represents health, tranquility, and good luck. On the cool end of the spectrum, it does provide a sense of calm and helps guests feel more at ease. Green is thought to reduce and relieve stress levels, which is a great reason to put it all throughout hotel design.

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Brown

Brown is becoming a more common color used through hotel design. It’s associated with nature, just like green, and with the trend of sustainable and recycled design elements, brown makes the most sense. This could be on floors, bedding, and more. Brown is known to evoke strength and reliability. There is nothing like feeling a sense of security while sleeping in your hotel room.

Luxury Design Features for Unique Hotel Corridors

There are many luxury design features throughout a hotel, but one of the first things you actually get to see is the corridor. Each hotel, even the corporate hotels, try and make the guest experience a little better upon entry. We can all agree that there have been times when you walk into the hotel and the lobby is less than impressive. Hotels have started making it a priority to make their corridors appealing and attractive using a few different trends and features.

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Lighting

Lighting is everything. No matter what decorations are in the space, if the lighting is off, the decor will not have the same effect or look. When used correctly, natural or artificial lighting can be used to give off many types of feelings and vibes. From a sultry dim lighting, to exciting and bright, many hotels are using this to their advantage. While staying loyal to brand standards, hotels have been brightening up the hallways, corridors, even dining areas with floor lighting and fun chandeliers. Another trend is the use of LED lights. They are more sustainable and a great way to create mood lighting if they are in different colors.

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Wall Coverings

Hallways that are left blank can be classy, but for the most part, if there are no crown moldings or other designs, it can look simple and boring. As we have mentioned, the guest’s perception is the very important. Walls can be used to tell stories, to show history, style, art and a lot more. A lot of hotels are starting to use more local artists’ work to help support the community and local talent. Of course the corporate hotels will stick with a more formal look, but high-end luxury hotels will do their best to display their support.

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Foliage

Green green green. This is a huge trend right now. Foliage is a lovely way to improve a guest’s mood. This feature will make guests feel more at home. On top of that the appearance of nature inside is another way to give guests the comfort that they seek when staying away from home. Guests want a calm and relaxing vibe when they come back to the hotel and the addition of plants is one of the fastest ways to create that feeling.

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Overlooking Views

The days of one story corridors is coming to an end. Guests want to come out of their room and enjoy the feeling of being outside, but still be inside. It’s nice to walk about on the second floor, or higher, and see what’s going on in the lobby. The downside to all of that is that it might start to get a little noisy depending on what’s going on in the first level.

The Future of Guestroom Bedding: Styles and Fabrics Trending

While hotel beds in general stay the same, the bedding styles are constantly evolving. This means keeping up with the newest trends is tough for hotels. With that being said, some styles are easily recycled and adjusted like colors and simplistic designs. Depending on the effort of the hotel, the guestroom bedding choices can bring the entire room together OR throw it off completely. Since the bed is the one place guests spend most of their time, it’s important to make sure this area is prioritized. So far we have noticed these trends in 2019.

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Coordinated, Yet Effortless

The “just thrown together” look is not just meant for outfits. Guestroom bedding is now being designed to look effortless, but at the same time trendy and put together. Although most people wouldn’t put those terms in the same sentence, it’s probably the easiest and most appealing design trend right now for guestrooms. Keeping the comforter simple such as white or dark grey, the easiest thing to do is to add in a few “on-brand” colored pillows and a throw for the end of the bed.

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Bold and Bright

Bold is always a good call. Simple, bright, and branded is the perfect way to call attention to the bedding. There’s nothing like a good pop of color to capture the guest’s eyes and appreciation. It’s best to, once again, stay on-brand with the coloring. If every room is different, then making sure the pillows or comforter matches the room theme is crucial. Try to keep it bold but simple and intriguing. There is such a thing as using too many colors, leaving guests feeling overwhelmed.

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Themes and Patterns

Speaking of themes, it’s becoming more common for hotels, especially boutique hotels to create a different guest experience in each individual room. That does end up being a bit more expensive in the long run for the hotel, but the guests LOVE it. For imagination purposes, let’s go with a tropical theme (like in the picture above). The palm tree blanket fully brings the theme together for the room along with the bamboo side table and palm tree paintings. Without the palm tree patterned blanket, the bed would be empty and boring. That’s just one example. The options for themes and patterns are limitless.

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Dark and Industrial

This trend is still pulling through. The dark and industrial style is so crisp and comfortable. It’s not uncommon for darker bedding to be used along with a rustic / industrial look for the headboard. The dark bedding brings a sense of relaxation to the room and is honestly a bit unexpected. Most hotels stick with the white comforters and blankets, so the stand out, high end hotels that have dark sheets and covers are getting more recognition for branching out.

 

 

Bedding is a huge part of the hotel guest experience and without quality and comfortable options, hotels would most likely go out of business. Patterns, colors, covers and more-- bedding will always be important, so treat it as a comfy commodity.

Marble Designs Hotels Can’t Stay Away From

Marble has been present in the design world ever since. The Ancient Greeks, for example, used it and were quite obviously fascinated by it. The fact that marble is still being used today, is fascinating in itself. We’re not talking only about fabric and interior design, but web design, logos, product design, print design, and more. Hotels can’t stay away from this trend recently and have been incorporating in many different ways.

Floors

Marble floors are also nothing new, but definitely an exciting style to bring back from the ancient ages. This floor design gives elegance a whole new meaning. With its attractive grain patterns and ivory colors, it is indeed one of the most noticed building materials. There are hundreds of types of marbles to choose from coming from all over the world, each bringing their own personality. The flooring industry can use all types of materials to portray a marble floor as well with materials like vinyl, tile, and pure marble.

Front Desks and Countertops

Front desks are starting to get more attention. They used to just be a side corner that was simply used for checking in, but now they are close to becoming the center of attention in the lobby. Seeing an immaculate marble countertop or a full marble desk is quite a sight. Add in some marble floors and you’ll feel like you’re walking into a Greek god’s house. We’re okay with that!

Walls

From floors to walls, marble could literally make an appearance anywhere and capture the eyes of everyone. Marble walling is not a new concept in the grand scheme of things, but it is in this century. Marble walls are pretty pricey, so expect to see them in hotels that are a bit more high-end-- the luxury hotels. The magic of marble walls can radically transform a room. They ignite a spirit of travel and adventure.

Decor

Lastly, marble’s appearance in decor. The options for this area of design is basically limitless. There are so many ways that marble can be incorporated through design pieces, trinquets, etc. Hotels are putting in marble materials like bookends, lamps, dressers knobs, and more. These additional decor items can easily bring a room together all by themselves. Depending on the accessory, marble accessories add a touch of luxe without fully committing to the look as a whole. If hotels are unsure about what look they want to actually commit to, it’s easier to try out a look piece by piece, or should we say accessory for accessory.

4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Paint Color

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Hotels and the hospitality industry as a whole have to constantly keep in mind the spaces that guests and customers will be exploring, eating, and staying in. With that in mind, choosing a paint color for a specific space is the perfect opportunity to give the place some personality. Plus, with the many ways to push out a brand identity, paint is a huge piece of the puzzle if used properly. Before diving straight in to simply painting a space, there are a few questions that designers make sure to ask.

 

“How Do I Want to Feel When I Enter the Room?”

Some people might disagree, but we all know this to be true: first impressions matter. You only get one chance to make a first impression and the feel / vibe from a room is extremely important. The wall color, unless it is white or neutral, is the first thing that catches the eye when entering a space.

 

The question is, how do you want the guests to feel when they walk in? Fortunately there are tons of articles and research pieces that describe what each color relates to. For example, red. Red is meant for a space that is full of warmth, power, and fun. It can also be meant for a place that is romantic, so be careful with that one. Red is noticeable whether you like it or not, so when going with this color, commit 100%.

 

“Will This Color Be Appropriate in Five Years?”

Trends are always coming and going, but the walls will hopefully be there for quite a while. Regardless if you choose a neutral color or something a bit more on the wild side, hotels have to make sure that it at least fits into their brand. Plus, no one likes to repaint a wall just because the color isn’t in-style anymore. It’s a lot easier to switch up the bedding or throw pillows, maybe even the furniture choices rather than go back on your paint choice.

 

“Does Size Matter?”

Designers know this fact, but it’s not as common knowledge as you would think. Some colors have the “power” to make seem larger and some can make rooms appear smaller. The trick is to figure out which hues will help make your space look how big or small you want it to be. Using lighter, airy colors can make a room look bigger due to the light reflecting around the room. If you want a more cozy vibe, go with darker colors like forest green or deep purple.

 

“Does the Color and the Lighting Compliment Each Other?”

As many of you know, light can make or break a room. Add in a painted wall and the shade may or may not look like you want it to because there isn’t enough light or too much light. Designers have to seriously consider this when they are choosing paint for guest rooms. Colors can look completely different from one room to the next depending on the way a hotel faces. That is why it is tough for corporate hotels to have colored walls in the guest rooms. Not every Hilton hotel is built facing North, if you get our meaning.

 

 

Cane Furniture Makes a Comeback

There is nothing better than a beautifully built, hand-made, piece of Cane furniture. For a while, the material had a bad reputation of being cheap and people wouldn’t buy it because the style looked too raw. Luckily, raw and earthy is back. Oh, and the whole environmentally friendly thing people are all raging about, Cane aids in that effort.

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What is Cane?

Cane comes from the Rattan tree native to Southeast Asia, essentially a tropical palm tree. It is produced simply by peeling off the skin of the rattan vine. Once that is done, is it wrapped around hardwood, aluminum, or metal frames to create the furniture we are all accustomed to seeing. Unlike the furniture made with Rattan, cane is usually kept in its naturally rounded state. There is no need to stain or paint Cane, which brings the cost down even more.

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Why Cane?

Here is the main question, why are hotels and interior designers coming back to Cane? We wish we could tell you one specific reason, but fortunately, there are tons of reasons why Cane is making its comeback.

 

The first reason is that Cane is made from one of the strongest woods available, Rattan. This means it should be pretty durable, right? It tends to be even stronger that Rattan and that is why it is used for binding. When you see Cane furniture, look out for the wrapping around the legs and joints of the pieces.

 

Another reason is Cane is less porous than the majority of uncured woods. This means that items made out of Cane will be not only water resistant, but much easier to keep clean and dry.

 

There are a few more good qualities of Cane. Furniture made of Cane is impressively light weight, which makes it ideal for moving around, even in the outdoors. It is also less expensive than pieces made of solid hardwood. There’s nothing like getting a water-proof, light weight, sturdy and budget-friendly piece of furniture.

 

Last, but not least, Cane is environmentally friendly. How? Well, simply because it is produced by the Rattan plant. The fast growth rate of Rattan makes it highly renewable. Sustainable and renewable energy is a big deal to the hospitality industry among other industries, so why not invest in furniture that checks off all of these boxes?

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Cane Through time

There are so many styles and areas around the world that can’t be mentioned without acknowledging Cane. It brings tropical yet classic vibes, so Brazilian design uses it a lot, not to mention it is a great (and lighter) substitute for upholstery. While it was once used strictly to bound and wrap, designers are now incorporating into other parts of furniture, for example, replacing table tops or night stand tops with the material instead of using solid wood. It appears to be an extremely delicate, but Cane is pleasantly durable. Keep in mind that designing and creating cane furniture does take time, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Best Indoor Plants for Hotels

Now that eclectic style with plants is becoming popular, hotels are including fun and interesting plant decor throughout the lobbies, dining areas, and guest rooms. Fortunately, there are plenty of plants that are able to live well indoors and require low maintenance. Here are a few that caught our eyes.

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Cacti and Succulents

Of course these plants are number one on the list. It’s apparent that the cactus and succulent phenomena continues to take over whether it’s a real plant or just incorporated into the design pieces. These plants are available is all different shapes, sizes, and species. The only thing that can be an issue for these is sunlight. If there is not enough, they will wither. Also, because they are a desert plant, they don’t require much water, so over watering can easily diminish the life expectancy.

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Lucky Bamboo

Just a precursor, Lucky Bamboo is not actually bamboo. The stalks resemble the canes of a bamboo plant, but the real name is Dracaena Sanderiana or Braunii to be exact. This plant has been a part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, but has only recently become popular over the past decade or two. Luckily (pun intended) the dracaena can be found in many parts of the world. Lucky Bamboo thrives great in bright light, but can also live in low light (but won’t grow). Plus, you don’t have to water it very often or even change the water.

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Spider Plant

The spider plant is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. Typically it is displayed in a hanging planter or basket, but depending on the size, they can be floor plants as well. The name is fitting due to the long hanging leaves that sprout. Like most plants, the spider plant needs a bit of sunlight, but not too much and same goes with water. Very low maintenance, which is perfect for an indoor plant.

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Snake Plant

Yet another appropriately named plant—the snake plant has leaves that can grow fairly tall. The dark green leaves have bright yellow-green on the outside and tend to grow straight up. Because the leaf itself is wide and sturdy, they don’t end up leaning too much or drooping. If that happens, it is a sign that the plant is dying. Snake plants are very attractive to the eye and a couple together make a natural partnership.

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ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant is yet another one of the most low-maintenance plants you can find. They come in all sizes and typically will stay the size that the pot allows. The photo above is a very small ZZ plant, but these can be floor plants if you can find a radius big enough to let them blossom. It adds in a tropical feel to your space, not to mention some of the plants even produce flowers. It sounds like a win-win to us.

 

These are just a few options that hotels are using, but there are so many more indoor plants that can work better with different climates, environments, etc. Make sure to do your research on what each plant needs when it comes to water, soil, and sun. Now go explore that green thumb.

5 Trends That Will Define the Rest of 2019

Although we are well into 2019, we thought it would be helpful to fill you in on what to expect for the rest of the year. These 5 trends will and have already made a name for themselves this year and hopefully they will be around for a long time.

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Wall Art

Wall art has taken a whole new meaning. With the mural scene becoming more and more popular in urban culture and major cities, people are bringing that style into the hotel industry. Boutique hotels are incorporating wall art to depict the culture of the city and people are loving it. Imagine the culture and lifestyles of Boulder, Colorado. When you think about Boulder, you think about mountains, hiking, and maybe Google since they have a new location there. Now imagine walking in the guestroom and seeing a beautifully painted mountainous mural on one of the walls. Not only is it thoughtful and unique, it’s the perfect opportunity for local artists to participate and be a part of the community-- not to mention it is extremely Instagramable.

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Desert Inspiration

There is something mystical about desert decor. Southwest-inspired designs are popping up left and right throughout the hotel design industry. Cactus plants and succulents make a space more interesting. These decorative plants seem to pull us in as soon as we spot them and seeing a huge cactus in real life at a hotel is pretty mesmerizing. If burnt orange and turquoise colors along with triangle geometric patterns do it for you, then you’re going to love this style.

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Jungles, Safaris, and More

In 2018 mythical creatures were all the rage. It’s about time for us to start keeping it real. 2019 has brought out the realism in the animal kingdom. Fantasy figures and inspiration will always have a market, but the more high-end hotels and luxury design tends to point more towards real animal inspiration opposed to fairies and mermaids. Tigers and flamingos are among the most popular searches on the internet in regards to animal searches. We don’t know about flamingo chairs, but using a nice leather and antler combo will sell the animal vibe without a doubt.

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Jungles, Safaris, and More

In 2018 mythical creatures were all the rage. It’s about time for us to start keeping it real. 2019 has brought out the realism in the animal kingdom. Fantasy figures and inspiration will always have a market, but the more high-end hotels and luxury design tends to point more towards real animal inspiration opposed to fairies and mermaids. Tigers and flamingos are among the most popular searches on the internet in regards to animal searches. We don’t know about flamingo chairs, but using a nice leather and antler combo will sell the animal vibe without a doubt.

 

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Crystal Life

The search for crystal decor has increased more in the last year than it has for a while. That’s probably why we went with the trend, not to mention it’s popping up everywhere. You might not even realize it sometimes, but from candle holders to kitchenware, you can find some serious crystal eye-candy to check out.

Standout Features of Stylish & Modern Hotel Guest Rooms

It is becoming more difficult to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to hotel room design and features. With that being said, the high-end hotels are doing a great job at keeping the guest room features stylish and modern. There are a few standout features that you should expect to see in these guest rooms.

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Headboards + Tech

Headboards are a wonderful way to make a bed stand out in a room. The newest and not to mention the most efficient trend seems to be the combination of the night stand, table lamp, outlet, and the headboard all in one. It saves space and looks pretty trendy as well. Organizing all the wiring and the electronic set-up around and at the back of the bed is very important. We do not want to see clutter, and most of all, we want this area of the room to be very convenient. Having the outlet built into the headboard is also incredibly genius. We all know how it is to have to look for a plug behind the nightstand, so this is a great solution.

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Tubs

The newest, chic trend is the addition of the stand-alone bathtub. Not all hotels can incorporate this look, but it is becoming all the rage right now. There has always been the shower/tub combo, but more people are looking for that Instagramable photo opportunity. It is also a sign of luxury to have a separate bathtub and shower. Although most people will not use it, it’s still really cool to see. The high-end hotels are even putting in claw-foot tubs to add an even more stylish look. Have you seen those tubs with legs that look like they have claws as feet?  It’s an older style, but everything always comes back in style, right?

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Mirrors

It is custom to have a long mirror and a vanity mirror in the guest room. Some ways that high-end hotels use to stand out more is utilizing mirrors as decor. One good thing about this is that mirrors can make a space seem bigger than it actually is. Mirrors give rooms more dimension, as long as they’re not being overused. There is such thing as over use, so be careful not to get carried away with the number of mirrors. Look out for some awesome Victorian framed mirrors or the sleek and modern shaped items. 

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Bluetooth

Connection is everything. More hotels are considering all of the technological options that can be replaced by the smart phone. Some of these features that can be moved over to Bluetooth action are unlocking the room door, turning the lights on and off, connecting to the radio, and more. It only makes sense to try and stand out in this area of hotel guest room features. There’s nothing like having superior convenience, especially in a world where everyone is searching for that instant gratification.

Custom Upholstery: Guest Room Design Must-Haves

Guest rooms are a delicate place. When it comes to seating, relying solely on the bed as the only option is irresponsible. Good thing, there are many options for seating and they all have the ability to be aesthetically pleasing as well.

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A Cozy Chair

The most commonly used seating option is the chair. It only makes sense to have a chair, especially if there is a desk in the room. Even if there isn’t, the chair should not only be trendy, it should be on brand with the hotel as well as comfortable. Yes, comfort is the one thing people recall about the most. No matter how cool the chair looks, if it is uncomfortable, people will always remember that fact. Either way, if the chair is comfortable, matches a brand or theme, and looks trendy, the guests will be trying to find out how to get one of their own. Microfiber and/or cotton blend upholstery are the best options to choose from when picking the perfect chair for the guest room. 

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Plush Benches

The word that comes to mind when thinking about benches in the guest room is “classy”. Walking into a room and seeing a beautiful plush bench at the end of the bed always emits an expensive and high-end vibe. If storage in the room is an issue, a bench that is also a storage bin is always a good addition. Multi-use objects can help consolidate items in a room and may even provide more free space to add in accents for the room. Saving space is all the rage right now with hotel guest rooms. Again, one cannot go wrong with the choice of microfiber. A different option would be a good quality vinyl. Unlike leather, vinyl is easy to clean and easy to repair.

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A Comfy Couch

Oh, the couch. We recommend having a comfortable and stylish couch in the guest room, only if there is enough space in the room. If the room is not big enough, think about a cute love seat. Sometimes a simple love seat is the perfect addition to the space and can even make the room appear bigger. Two materials that we suggest using for your guest room couch are wool and microfiber.

 

Wool, a durable and easy-to-take-care-of fabric, can also be very trendy.  It is extremely easy to clean and sturdy, though it is not stain resistant. Wool is a widely chosen fabric for places that may have children that will be using the piece of furniture because of its durability. Plus, it is much less likely to have pilling occur.

 

Microfiber is going to be the most cost effective option of the two, not to mention it is also extremely soft and quite popular in today’s design trends. One reason they are so popular is because they are stain resistant. Besides that, they are durable, easy to clean, does not collect dust, cheaper than leather, and super comfy.

Sustainable Design

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Sustainable design is becoming more and more sought after. The reason for this is the desire to reduce the carbon footprint and the negative impacts on the environment. Utilizing sustainable design also improves building performance by reducing negative impacts on the health and comfort of building occupants. Using renewable and sustainable resources dramatically minimizes waste, providing healthier and productive environments.

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Lighting

Sustainable lighting is lighting designed with energy efficient light sources. Can we agree that the most sustainable light source is sunlight? This means that, when it comes to lighting, the next most effective sources are solar powered panels, lamps, etc. With that being said, solar energy is hit or miss in different parts of the world. Some places are overwhelmed with the amount of sunlight throughout the year while others might not see sun for more than 3 hours a day, depending on the time of year and geographical location. Since solar cannot be the sole lighting option, another way to reduce energy consumption is using LED lights. Effectively replacing incandescent lighting with LED lighting could reduce energy consumption by fifty percent or more. That is truly incredible.

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FLOORING

Reclaimed Wood

This seems to be the most popular of the sustainable flooring options, but where do you get it? Reclaimed wood comes from salvaging old wood from sources such as old buildings, homes, wine barrels, and of course fallen trees. As of late, the reclaimed/recycled wood design has been skyrocketing throughout homes and places of business. It gives the space a more rustic and eclectic feel. Not to mention, using this type of flooring provides the designer and client a sense of accomplishment. Another great thing about using reclaimed wood is the possibility to receive LEED certification because the wood meets the Materials & Resources criteria.

 

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring is a fast-growing and renewable wood source. Some awesome qualities of bamboo is that it is water resistant, anti-bacterial and extremely durable. Though it is more expensive than laminate flooring, it is more cost efficient than installing traditional wood flooring. If you’re going to be using bamboo, remember this tip, make sure that you install bamboo with natural-base adhesives instead of any other type. Other adhesives will not be as sustainable due to a material called formaldehyde in the adhesive.

 

Natural/Recycled Carpet

For carpet to be considered sustainable, it must be made of materials such as cotton, sisal, wool, jute, coconut husk, etc. Some companies out there, but very few, can recycle nylon carpets and make completely new carpets, so find a good one. Not only is that incredibly useful, it helps reduce the amount of materials that need to be sent to a landfill. When installing this carpet, as said with the bamboo, make sure to use natural-base adhesives for the same reason.

 

These are only a couple of ways to incorporate sustainable materials into your interior design. It is up to you to make it as green and energy efficient as you can afford. Keep this in mind, recycling and finding other ways to decorate with environmentally friendly options will benefit you and the entire world in the long run.

Wood Treatments

Over the past 5-10 years, wood has been making a big name for itself in the design industry. It’s great as flooring, but it has branched out into more than just that. Even as a floor design option, there are tons of different types of wood and different stains for wood to create a unique and customized design feature for each client. Whether it is for furniture, accent pieces, flooring, etc. here are 3 ways we like to use wood to bring a space together.

Flooring

As we just mentioned, flooring has a wide variety of design options. Not only are there different woods and stains, there are also different patterns that wood flooring can take on. In the picture above the chevron pattern, wood is used to add more geometric patterns to an otherwise very modern guestroom design. The lighter shade of the wood also brightens up the room. Another trend with wood flooring is the “distressed” gray colored wood. This is great for a modern-themed room with white features and a few deep, cool-colored accents. There’s also nothing wrong with keeping a classic finished look with oak or maple flooring.

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Accents

Wood accents are a wonderful addition to bring a room together. From wall art, to serving trays, to floating shelves, wood accents introduce a welcoming vibe while maintaining the comfort throughout the room. Incorporating these small things will give a space an organic and relaxing feel. People tend to forget that wood can be used for other decorating purposes besides flooring and furniture, so use the element of surprise to catch someone off guard with your creativity. With that being said, it must go with the theme in the room. Having a random wooden piece that doesn’t match the modern or funky look in the space can throw off the vibe and will probably be a bit confusing to guests.

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Furniture

Last, but not least, furniture. There are so many ways to bring wood into a space using furniture. Every piece can have a bit of wood incorporated, like the photo above, or you could simply have one to two pieces that bring a bit of rustic feel to the room. Just be careful, you don’t want every piece of furniture to be made completely out of wood, well, unless you’re going with the wood cabin design. Another thing to lookout for is the type and color of the furniture. Just as with fabric, wood needs to all, or mostly, be the same stain. It looks unprofessional when there are 4-5 pieces in a space that are all mismatched, especially in the guestroom.

 

Ultimately, wood and design is a combo that is not going anywhere. It is, and always will be, a hot commodity when it comes to interior design and architecture in general. From big pieces of furniture to small accents, design shows love to all and will do everything it can to keep this beautiful trend around forever.

Looking Through the Glass

Glass, when it comes to hotels, can be a bit tricky. Nevertheless, if it’s done right, glass walls, windows, features, and decor can not only class a place up, but give it that extra character designers are going for. There’s nothing like the intrigue that glass brings a space, maybe even a sense of mystery. 

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Peek-a-Boo Bathroom

The bathroom is a place of mystery and privacy in most circumstances. A new trend that is taking place is replacing the walls with glass instead of drywall. Of course, this is not to see through the entire bathroom or the toilet area, but it is quite the test of comfort. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway for a couple wanting to spend some quality time together. On the other hand, it is probably not meant for a family or friends.

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French Doors

French doors are the best. They bring a sense of style and luxury to a space the average doorway cannot provide. These high-end additions to guest suites are perfect for leading out to a patio, the beach, or nature in general, depending on where the hotel is located. Want a slight breeze? Pull the door open a little bit to get that air flowing or slide the doors wide open to let the sunshine in and feel as if the room is one with nature. Having a door/window in the bedroom is perfect for catching amazing views as well. Best of both worlds! 

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Ever So Shady

Who says that everything has to be in uniform? A great glass trend is mix-and-matching old vintage pieces together to help with lighting. As pictured above, all of the hanging lamps have different glass shades consisting of odd shapes, sizes and colors. This trend is perfect to keep a space feeling luxurious, yet give a hint of “hip” as well. Mostly appearing in restaurants, this look is often seen in hotels located near the beach or water-focused areas of the world. Sand glass is extremely popular and it brings more authenticity to a space when it is incorporated into the design, especially inside hotel restaurants.

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Stairway Going Where?

The mecca of glass incorporation is the glass staircase. It is such a rare find because it is indeed a hard task to feat. Due to the difficulty, many hotels do not dare to adventure into this design, but those who do cannot keep guests away if they wanted to. Fancy, elegant, important—these are just a few words people think when seeing and walking on a glass staircase. It’s exciting to simply walk up, look down, and see everything. It is such an awesome experience to see guests’ reaction as soon as they catch sight of the stairs, not to mention their child-like smiles from ear to ear when they realize that they get to walk them.

Geometrical Influence

Geometry, when being used throughout interior design, is an incredible and beautiful thing. Patterns using all types of shapes can result in so many different and unique designs. Think about this, if you decided to use a triangle or a rhombus as your shape of choice, overlapping or even aligning the shapes on any flat side will result in different designs every time. The options for patterns seem to be endless. From tiled bathrooms, to painted wall designs, to metal lamp shades, geometrical influence is all around us.

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Triangles

Since we mentioned triangles, let’s start with that magnificent shape. Whether they are stacked or drawn together randomly, the size of a triangle does not always have to be the same. Obtuse, acute, or equilateral triangles are all great to use. If you only want to use a certain type of triangle, that might be challenging but not impossible. Luckily, due to the conforming nature of a triangle, the options for geometric storytelling are endless. Be on the lookout for pieces of art, furniture, wall design, and decor items all around hotel guestrooms, lobbies, and hallways.

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Hexagons

This shape, also known as the beehive, is all the rave right now. From wall designs, to tiles, to rug and carpet decor, the hexagon is definitely making a name for itself. Many hotels have recognized this and are incorporating it into spaces throughout hallways, restaurants, and other interiors. The most impressive aspect to this geometric shape is that it really does fit any style. It can be antique and vintage, or modern and sleek, and definitely futuristic. If you take a second, there might even be hexagonal floating shelves in the hallways waiting to be noticed.

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Cubes

When we say cubes, we are not talking about the classic square or rectangle. Of course those two shapes can form cubes, but we’re talking about the 6-sided geometric figure that provides that 3-dimensional look to any design. If it is painted into a work of art, you will see only three sides, but it is the creativity of incorporating the cube that makes it special. In other ways, it can be used as a simple knick knack or a modern lamp cover. Using the cube can add that extra bit of liveliness to a space that could be considered otherwise boring and mundane. 

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Combining Shapes

That’s right, throw them all together. Mix it up a bit by adding in a few different options into the same area. Keep the color scheme simple if there are multiple shapes in a space, otherwise it could become too busy. The photo above is the perfect balance with some hexagons, squares, and diamond shapes on the rug and curtains.

 

Do not be afraid to venture out of your usual comfort zone. Trust us, some of the best things happen when you attempt to do something you have not yet tried. It is easy to bring attention to something simply by adding in a little geometry.

Lighting Options For All Genres

Lighting options for hotels have come quite a long way. Everyone has been in the situation where they had to walk around their room and turn on every lamp just to get enough light throughout the space. Sometimes the bedside lamp and the tall lamp on the far corner of the room are not even close to bringing enough light. Fortunately, the hotel design industry has stepped up its game, not only with effectiveness, but with style as well. 

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Hanging Low

The ever changing, exciting hanging lamp— This trend has come in style a few times and we are happy that it’s back. These lamps can have many different looks to them, and the options for design are nearly endless. From the cord, to the type of bulb, to the lamp shade (or no lamp shade), the combinations could go on for days. Add in a dimming option and you’ve added an affordable and stylish lighting alternative. This can be set up anywhere throughout the hotel, but they are most common in the guestroom or hotel restaurant.

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LED Guestroom Lights

It’s not very common to find built-in ceiling lights in a hotel guestroom. Cost-wise, it just makes more sense to add in a couple of lamps here and there to save money on lighting installation. The one place you will find these built-in lights is the bathroom. Nowadays, LED lights are the most common because they are more energy efficient and they give pretty decent lighting for doing makeup, hair, etc. in the bathroom. Guestrooms will most likely not have the LED lights anywhere else throughout the room outside of the bathroom, which makes sense. 

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Bedside Table Lights

Small lamps and reading lights are the perfect addition to a hotel guestroom. Hotel interior designers are great at exploring all the options for this style of lighting. Lamps can be built into the headboard of the bed, hanging (as we mentioned above), the classic table lamp, and more. These are great because they give guests opportunities to have more independence from the main room lights. If one person wants to go to sleep and the other person decides to stay up to read, work, etc. they each have their own options for reducing or increasing the light on their side of the room/bed.

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All the Neon Rage

Neon lighting has always been cool and interesting. It not only is an attention grabber, it brings an awesome style to a space if used correctly. We’re not talking about the neon “open” or “closed” signs, we’re talking about Instagram worthy, eclectic designs that can help bring a hotel brand to life. So many hotels are dabbling into this decor option, and we are fully supportive. If built correctly, neon lights can last anywhere from 5-15 years, so it’s absolutely a solid investment.

Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Hotel Options

One of the hottest topics of 2019 and for the past few years is the environment. Many believe that global warming is not real, but we won’t be discussing that topic today. A lot of hotels, as of late, have been making an incredible effort to work on environmental awareness and we are happy to be a part of it.

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Reclaimed Materials & Upcycling

Materials such as wood and metal piping have to be the most common and easiest materials being reused and reclaimed in the design world. Since many people are caught up and more worried about items being “brand new” rather than being environmentally sustainable, it’s pretty easy to find reclaimed wood, metal, and other items to use for furniture, decor, and more. Hotels are hiring design companies to figure out ways to not only make their space “green”, but also to make it unique and stylish. We have all experienced that feeling of finding out some item of furniture was made out of, for example, an old naval ship’s metal contents. It’s pretty impressive to know the designs were created by upcycling old furniture and other items. 

 

Toxicity & Fire Safety

Another option for staying environmentally friendly is making sure that the furniture around the hotel is fire retardant. This is not as easy as it sounds and does cost a bit more than just buying a chair design in bulk. That being said, the quality of the furniture and decor is going to be better. Low-toxicity is another thing to be aware of. Finishing furniture is an important step in the process of designing, so understand that once a piece is bought, it is not just for looks. Guests and pets will interact with a piece of furniture daily, and if it is emitting substances into the air, or “off-gassing”, it can potentially be harmful. It is important to understand that most things do this no matter what, however the toxicity level will fluctuate depending on the substance used. Stay away from purchasing items treated with synthetic substances.

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Recycle More than Plastics

Solar energy is a huge way to recycle and conserve energy. It is not a new concept, however it is still not as common as it should be. Some hotels have begun implementing solar panels in order to conserve energy. Another, more recent idea to recycle is to give guests the option to reuse the linens from their previous nights. This means that if you choose to keep your linens, the cleaning service will still come in and clean, but they will just leave the linens on the bed for the entirety of your stay as opposed to changing them out daily. This in turn saves energy and water for the hotel.

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Water Conservation

Limiting water waste is a great way to impact the environment in a positive way. Water is a limited resource, so it makes sense to want to conserve it as much as possible. It is one of those commodities that most people do not give a second thought unless they have lived somewhere that went through a drought of some sort. It is also worth saying that the excess use of water increases the chance of sewage backups and contamination of the hotel’s current water supply, so just be aware the next time you want to take a 30-minute shower.