As an industry fueled by service, hotels are entirely influenced by the guests they serve. This means that they cannot escape current trends. When customers experience a shift in needs or interests, the hotel must act fast to meet with those patterns. The latest trends in hotel design show not only an adaptation of a lifestyle but the habits of today's travelers.

When designing hotels, I try to see these trends for what they are and separate ideas that will continue to progress from fads that will fade away in 6 months. With years of experience, I have become very good at it! Today, I want to share with you hotel design trends that seem to be sticking around for a while.

Social Oriented Spaces

I have noticed that many hotels tend to make spaces that are easily reconfigured for any occasion: events, celebrations, and special meetings. Similarly, the lobby serves as a meeting space for a cocktail hour or morning tea.

Hotels have increased their interest in making their spaces part of the hosting experience. Through small details and accessories, the common areas in hotels are increasingly multi purpose and currently seek to encourage communication and guest interactions.  The hotels understand the importance of creating experiences and environments that contribute value to the guests’ lives.

Bold Color Choices

Hotels have begun to incorporate dual-tone palettes and move away from monochromatic designs. Metallic tones are seeding in to contrast light colored woods for what I predict to be a lovely, fleeting trend in hotel design. However, the overall incorporation of various complementary shades and contrasting textures seems to be here to stay.

We’ve been impressed with many of the bold choices: Rich turquoise hues against a yellow-gold. Bright lime against a regal emerald. Light lavenders against an easter-egg green. A Warm olive against a coffee brown. Hotels are taking more risks with colors, but with great results. The shots of color bring a lot of energy to the rooms and add character.

Sustainability Matters

Lately, hotels are going the extra mile to leave a smaller ecological footprint. They're adding solar power, geothermal and biomass heating, building green walls, and installing water-saving toilets. Perhaps one of our favorite “green” techniques is using reclaimed and recycled materials.

In our process, we work hard to make sure the design fits your vision and budget, and it is as eco-friendly as possible. We encourage our clients to make informed decisions about their products by purchasing from distributors and manufacturers with sustainable practices. We also only buy products with a trustworthy ingredients list; you should know what chemicals you are putting in your hotel and how it will affect the environment when you are ready to get rid of it. If it is not sustainable and durable, we do not buy it!

Local Flair

Each design is made to tell a story. Hotel guests do not like to feel like they're staying in a generic chain. Another wonderful trend is to use the design to create an interest in the history of the building, the city, or the regional area. Throughout the design, hotels incorporate an identity into their aesthetic and make the stay a unique experience.

We can see small details that reflect the location of the hotel--accessories steeped with culture and history. The local plants, internal architecture, and stunning views are also ways to localize the design and differentiate the hotel from others. They allow us to include the storytelling inside the process of designing, making it a lot more exciting and unique.

My talent for spotting trends is one skill, but it is nothing compared to our knowledge and experience-back process to guide you from consultation and development to procurement and management. To learn more about how we help you tell your story, we invite you to read our process.  Together with careful planning, we can create a design inspired by today’s travelers.