Hospitality Design Trends

Luxury Hotel Carpet Trends for 2018

Paint is not the only way to customize a the hallways and rooms throughout a hotel. Carpet can be one of the more bold ways to personalize any hotel environment. From a neutral palette to a vibrant palette, as long as it is along the brand standards, carpet can become an attractive and fun focal point. Today's carpet trends are taking advantage of new style and changing the way people think about incorporating carpet into design.

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Patterns

Simple patterns are a big 2018 trend. Introducing patterned carpet can add life to a basic room that might have a simplistic theme throughout. The appearance of a great carpet is portrayed simply by using patterned carpeting with features such as blocked patterns, lines (straight or curved), floral designs, etc. Whether the carpet contains different colors, subtle patterns or extremely noticeable patterns, it will help develop the character of the hotel.

 

 

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Texture

Soft textured carpet can be huge when it comes to guest experience. Texture does not mean that the carpet has to be furry or shag carpeting. Image walking around with bare feet and the carpet feels like it has been placed on top of a concrete slab. It is not only cold but hard and uncomfortable! A bit of comfy, soft textured carpet thrown into the mix and it will have the guests wondering where they can get it for their own place. On top of that, they will be extremely appreciative of the efforts made to increase comfortability.

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Color

Color can be added to a room with furniture, yes, but think about introducing color through the carpet as well! Try experimenting with a vibrant color such as red or blue. If that does not go along with the brand standards, use a neutral color to help balance the room. When using a bright color, the interior design can either be along the same color palette as the carpet or be completely neutral to help create a luxury look for the space. On the other hand, neutral carpet is great for when a room incorporates a good amount of warm colors because it is able to create a design balance.

 

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No Carpet. Sub Rugs.

Who can resist a giant rug? This leaves so many options to add character to the hotel. If the furniture placed in the room happens to be neutral, liven up the place with a uniquely colored and/or patterned rug. Rugs are also very versatile when it comes to size, color, patterns and texture, just like carpets. The difference is that multiple rugs can be used throughout the space making it even more cozy and giving off the home-y vibe! Rugs can also be easily cleaned, removed, replaced, etc. Just something to think about.

 

Hotels are absolutely taking advantage of the many choices of carpet integration. It intrigues the guests and gives them a certain feel for the hotel. Coordination with florals, stripes and other patterns on furniture throughout the hotel should be a priority in order to create a flow in the space. Feng shui if you will. Quality of the carpet pattern and texture is telling of the carpet value, so make sure the carpet is made of great quality. It is an absolute staple when it comes to guest experience.

Custom Upholstery: Design Must-Haves for Hotel Guest Room Seating

When it comes to seating in a guestroom, one cannot simply rely on a bed as the only option. Fortunately there are many options for seating and they all have the ability to be aesthetically remarkable!

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A Comfy Couch

Oh, the couch. If there happens to be enough space in the room, you absolutely should put a couch in the room, maybe two! This piece of furniture does not have to be a sectional by any means, especially if the room is not big enough. Sometimes a simple love seat is the perfect addition to the space and can even make the room appear bigger than it is. There are two great materials that we suggest using for your guestroom couch, Microfiber and wool.

 

Microfiber is going to be the most cost effective option of the two AND it is also extremely popular in today’s design trends. One reason they are so popular is because they are so soft and stain resistant! Beside that, they are durable, easy to clean, dust free (does not collect dust) and cheaper than leather, not to mention incredibly comfortable.

 

Wool, another durable and easy to take care are fabric, can also be very trendy. Although wool is not stain resistant, it is extremely easy to clean and sturdy. Wool is a widely chosen fabric, especially if children will be using the piece of furniture. This is because of its durability and the fact that it is less likely to have pilling occur on the fabric.

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A Cozy Chair

The most commonly used option is of course a chair. Not only should the chair be trendy and cute, it should most definitely blend in the with theme of the room or brand of the hotel AND be comfortable! Yes, comfortable chairs are the ones people talk about the most. Add in the fact that the chair is easy to match a brand theme and can look “cool”. This will have the guests 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 guestroom. 

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Plush Benches

Can you say, “classy”? Walking into a room and seeing a beautiful plush bench at the end of the bed always puts out an “expensive” and high-end feel to a guestroom. If storage in the room is an issue, a bench that is also a storage bin option is alway welcomed. Multi-use objects can help consolidate items in a room and may even provide more free space to add in accents for the room. Again, one cannot go wrong with the choice of microfiber. A different upholstery option would be a good quality vinyl. Vinyl is easy to clean, easy to repair and still gives off that high end look.

 

So there you have it. Having multiple options for seating in a guestroom makes it more inviting and creates a comfortable vibe for the guests. They will be more likely to have other people over to visit and in turn opening up the opportunity for other people to have interest in booking a room. A win-win!

Top 5 Essentials for a A Showstopping Guestroom Design

There are many many essentials that can make a guest room entrancing, but there are only a few that truly absolute necessities! These elements not only create a great vibe, they complete the space and give it a personality.

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The Chair

Adding a comfortable, yet visually appealing chair to the room will have guests wanting to try it out more than the bed! Make sure that it is not only trendy and “hip”, but comfortable. Both of these characteristics combined will have guests pleasantly dumbfounded, curious AND jealous.

The Lighting

Every guest wants to have enough lighting to feel at home. A lot of times, hotel room lighting is not up to par. Try to avoid that category and get bedside table lamps along with a couple of standing lamps and a desk lamp. If that is not enough, install some overhead lights and some reading lights next to the bed, preferably wired into the head board. Lighting can either make of break a room, so play it safe and make it bright!

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The Bed

One of the absolute most important things to have for guests is an aesthetically pleasing as well as a beyond comfortable bed. There are plenty of beds that might look great and stylish with the a cute comforter and some throw pillows, however they all do not turn out comfortable to sleep on! Do a great job picking out the right bed for guests as well as matching your sheets, pillows and covers to the theme in the bedroom. With all of these factors laid into place, the guest will feel immediately pleased and the compliments will start rolling!

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The Entertainment

Stay up to date with a television that is at most 3 years old. Nowadays the smart TV is the best TV to have. Guests are able to connect to the internet, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, etc. giving the guests more options than just another rerun of Law and Order. Another option for entertainment is a speaker with a phone auxiliary cord (both iPhone and Android). Having these two items will leave your guests wanting to stay in all night! Can you say, Room Service?

 

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The Bathroom

Having a stylish and welcoming bathroom is the last essential guest room item to incorporate. The functionality of the bathroom must be on point as well. No one wants to walk into the bathroom and have the door close to hitting the toilet. Put in the effort to match the theme of the bedroom to the bathroom and make sure there is counter space on or near the sink. There is nothing worse than not having room around the sink to put the toiletries and other bathroom necessities. Trust us, your guests will be more than appreciative.

 

 

Now that you have the information and some ideas about how to get a guest room together, do not be afraid of adding pops of color or some accent pieces throughout the room to bring everything together. These items should be consistent with the branding theme and style that is in place. Oh, and have fun!

Hospitality & Fine Art Trends

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.

 

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Time Traveling:

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. 

 

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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. 

 

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Experiential Hotel Design

What is Experiential Design?

Experiential design is design that has a voice. With one glimpse, a guest can walk into your hotel and know what elements of design are your focus, where you draw inspiration from, and what the brand represents. Experiential Design is a hospitality design trend that is meant to add to the hotel experience & create a visual narrative for hotel guests that leaves a memorable impression.

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Experiential Design is the way that hotels work to bring their story to life via design. Hotels that have a strong sense of history, whether it is from being in a restoration building or their surrounding city just has a strong sense of pride, it can be brought in with design elements. Examples of strong historic design would be through exposed brick, bringing in furniture that has elements that reflected upon the historic time period of the original building or culture of the city it resides, and focal design points: fireplaces, atriums, and courtyards. For Millennial generations a strong connection with local cultures and locals is important to them while traveling, and through the use of experiential design, the hotel interior design is able to reflect that. Whether it is bringing in local artists and having their art reflected in the rooms or through the cuisine in the restaurants, especially if it is local sourced, or holding events with the local communities can work to make the connection.

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Health is becoming an increasingly important topic around the world. Guests are looking to keep their healthy lifestyle while still on vacation. By using Experiential Design, you can build the idea of health and wellness into your brand by having a luxury hotel design state of the art gym that is open at all hours, and even fitness and meditation classes, for guests seeking a more guided workout. Keeping greenery in and around the hotel also works to bring in a sense of comfort and overall wellness especially if it works to block out any additional city noise or lights.

 When Experiential Design is used correctly it can work to build loyal guests because it creates a sense of connection and connecting with your hotel. Experiential Design brings to life your message, of hospitality and design, and lets guests live that message as their reality during their stay.

 

 

Hospitality Design Influence on Guest Experience

When walking into a hotel, the very first thing that will catch your eye is the design. As guests enter the lobby of their hotel, they are absorbing the colors textures and shapes within the space. Is the style modern, industrial, traditional or is it eclectic? Perhaps there are colorful tiles with intricate patterns on the stairs, or a beautiful seating arrangement near a water feature that would make for a great photo opportunity before heading out to dinner. Great design in hospitality is meant to draw the guests into the space and create a visual narrative that they can remember long after check-out. Design is important for the owner, the brand, and the guest. With hotel owners prioritizing their guests and guest experience, they are focused more on creating hotels with great interior design. While a beautiful hotel lobby might receive a positive yelp review, a room that is built with the guest in mind, and top notch service will be awarded with a five-star review. There are two main types of hotel guests: families and business travelers, and it is important to keep their guest experience in mind when thinking of design.

 

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Family First:

When a family is traveling together, different members of the family will have different needs. If a family is traveling with a young child, or two, while at check-in, the simple offering to baby proof the room could make all the difference for the parents and children. Offering activities such as movie night for the kids with complimentary popcorn, or babysitting service, so the parents can have a relaxing night out, or even just providing the families with rooms that have more space - after all, four people, and their luggage, crowded into one guest room without the proper floor planning and furniture that offers storage solutions, might feel a bit crammed. By focusing on the family dynamic - hotel suite designs have the opportunity to accommodate the needs of guests and increase the satisfaction of their over all stay.

 

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Stress Free business:

People who travel for business, especially younger generations, such as millennials, are known to extend their business trips an extra day or two in order to enjoy and explore the destination or city they are visiting has to offer. When traveling for business, it is essential in our hotel room design process to make choices and specifications that help reduce any additional stress that could be avoided for the guest to optimize their social strategy. The best way for hotels to reduce stress is through mobile applications, keyless entry into rooms creating the convenience of having everything important in one place. Hotel room design trends have also began improving design by adding storage for suitcases that way it reduces the stress of unpacking and leaving things behind. With design elements like Apple TV and The Echo, guests have the ability to entertain colleagues if they choose to, or just relax after the day catching up on their favorite TV shows. Hotels are starting to ask us to design their bathrooms with more “spa features,” such as:  bathtubs with jets, vanities, waterfall showers, and even pairing up with high end salons to develop upscale toiletries specific to their brand. 

 

Even though these demographics are very different and each hotel guest values different experiences, as hotel designers, we can make strategic decisions in our design process to help improve the guests overall experience, no matter what their preferences are. A little goes a long way. An Apple TV with complementary popcorn, can make for a relaxing night in, when a guest is feeling tired or the weather is bad. These small touches can elevate the experience to a five-star quality stay.