Dark Wood, Bright Lights & Cork, Oh My!

Bright white and light-colored interior design will always work well to achieve a modern feel, but the darker themes with a few upgraded touches only continue to be a classic look.

Dark Wood

There is something about dark wood that gives off a comforting, feel-good, welcome home kind of vibe. Good thing there are so many places inside a hotel to incorporate this theme! Think about lining the inside of minibar cabinets with a dark wooden paneling or making the doors inside the guestrooms and suites a dark wood to create that luxury farmhouse feel. Fortunately, some naturally dark woods are considered hardwood which means that while they might be a bit heavier, they are incredibly stable and sturdy. Imagine walking into a room full of new-age, beautiful mahogany furniture. We can vouch that it immediately makes us want to smile! The darker wood is making a comeback, especially when it comes to hotels. The look creates a more organic and high-end picture that customers enjoy when they enter the door.



Bright Lights

When a space has a lot of dark decor, what is the best solution? Bright light! Although the Thomas Edison bulbs are largely in style at the moment, if the furniture and design has a dark tone, those lights will make the place appear more rustic and industrial and create an even darker tone. Unless you’re going for that look, we suggest brightening it up with items such as pendant lights in the kitchen over an island and/or a few chandeliers here and there through the walkway and dining room. It is better to have too many lights than not enough! Try installing dimmer lights throughout in order to change the mood lighting if it does get too bright.

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Cork, my friends, is IN! No, we are not talking about leftover wine corks that turn into DIY projects. More and more pieces of furniture and wall art are being made with cork. There are chairs, stools, benches, table tops, cabinets, lamp shades, etc. that are popping up all over the world. Of course, we cannot forget about the kitchen appliances as well. Some of these are made up of half ceramic and the upper (or lower) half is...you guessed it...CORK! Who would have thought that this part of a tree would not only be used to keep wine fresh, but to furnish stylish spaces? Not only is it amazingly fashionable at the moment, but according to a 2008 study by Pricewaterhousecoopers, it is more environmentally friendly than the production of aluminum and plastic closures! Not to mention the little honeycomb looking pockets that you see, those pockets make cork buoyant and FIRE RESISTANT! Wow...now that is multipurpose at its best.


Put It All Together

Now individually, these pieces are wonderful, but put them all into a theme for a house, hotel or even just one guestroom and you won’t ever want to leave! Adding in new pieces and upgrades to a dark wood themed hotel will not take away from the classic beauty it entails. It only enhances that warm and cozy vibe and makes everyone feel at home.