When it comes to the hospitality industry, trends can be both short-lived and everlasting. With every new year, we see new trends emerge on the scene. As 2017 begins, we know it promises to be a year of great change in the hospitality industry. So, what will this year’s trends in hotel guest experience bring? We’ve put together a list of a few of our predictions for the upcoming year of hospitality design.
More and more guests are craving simplicity through design. There is a sense of comfort found in clean, simple décor that makes guests feel more at home. Today’s concept of luxury isn’t limited to 1,000-count-thread sheets, but instead offering guests a more authentic, genuine luxury experience. Luxury travelers already expect the amenities, what travelers in 2017 are looking for is personalized service, a clear sense of community, and hotel décor that tells a story.
Metal tones like silver, brass, dark bronze, and black will act more as a feature in design this year. Metallics date back to ancient times, and coated, gilded gold reflected on any substrate represents high-end décor. Timeless design elements, such as metallics, are the key to design longevity. Warmer palettes with matte or brushed metal will be a major go to this year for hospitality designers looking to create a fresh, newly-energized look.
Hotel designers are coming to the realization that guests want to be social during their stay. Most people enjoy the ambiance of working and socializing in a coffeehouse atmosphere where they can be comfortable and inspired. There is definitely a movement in the hospitality industry to activate the lobby area into a more social and engaging space. Many designers are creating a lobby where you have a front desk, cocktail bar, lounge and mixed-use workspace so that guests don’t feel trapped in their room and instead can enjoy a multi-purpose lobby.
It’s important to remember when incorporating any new or popular design trend that you are subtle in a way that helps maintain longevity and relevance. Design is ever-changing, and while we want to be moving forward, we also want to be smart and design a space that will never go out of style. We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year and we’re excited to see what 2017 has in store for hospitality designers across the world.