Hospitality and Fine Art Trends
While every hotel isn’t going to have a Warhol or a Picasso in it. There is one thing I have learned from year for being a hotel interior designer, and it is that they will always have art in them. The reason for this is because art is expressive, art is a reflection of our life, and for many of us owning a good piece of art in our home is aspirational, and vacation is built off of our aspiration for how we want our daily life to be. Hotels know this, hospitality design firms know this, and that is why there will always be art in the hotel and in the rooms. In fact, The Silo hotel in Cape Town even went as far as to have their hotel above the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The trends that come from art in hotels always have one thing in common, like all good design it needs to work together with the hospitality and design look.
With hotels beginning to put an emphasis on their location and building a connection and relationship between their location and their guests, one of the ways they do so, is through art. In hotels that have a strong locational influence, or time period influence, they make sure all of their design details help to bring it to life. Art work is a great way to bring a time period to life because you are not only able to see the lifestyle of the subjects, but also their moods, and activities. Plus, with art work it is easy to tell the difference between contemporary pieces, expressionism pieces, and modern pieces. Art is one of my favorite ways to date a room and then use the design elements in the room to compliment it and really bring the time period to life.
Setting the Mood:
In design we always use color to set the mood and feel of a room. The bluer the tones used, the more relaxed guests will feel and the more yellow the more energized they will feel. When we use art to set the mood, we go off of those same key point, but then also look at the construction of the art and strokes that the painter used, are the strokes soft and feel whimsical or are they straighter and more concrete. A good piece of art adds to the room, like a last puzzle piece it fits with the aesthetic of the whole room and compliments it. Art should never distract from the rest of the room, so if the room has deeper tones it is best to keep your artwork in deeper tones, but you can use art work with color to make it pop and tie in with any accent color you are already using.