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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.



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. 



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. 



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.