hospitality design

3D Wall Design

There will always be something timeless about a 2D wall painted with a beautiful color, but let us change the way we look at things for a minute. What about having walls that are three dimensional? Introducing 3D walls to a room is like having sculptures on the wall!


Sense of Elegance

Unlike a two-dimensional wall, a 3D wall creates a sense of modern elegance and exuberance. The many categories of three-dimensional walls consist of ceramic wall tiles, stone, wood inspired creations, limestone and more. All of these fantastic materials can be used to decorate a residential or commercial environment adding more style and vitality throughout every room!


Play of Light and Shadows

The reliefs on the walls create an enticing play of light and shadows. This creates the look of a three-dimensional object. Depending on the category of the material shape, the light and shadowing may differ. For example, a triangle geometric relief from a ceramic tile can create a “sundial” effect depending on how the light may hit the tiles throughout the day. If a home or business is well lit by sunlight, then you just might have an abundance of mini sundials for your own amusement. 


Design Patterns

Reliefs on the walls can be formed into many sizes and shapes, creating a unique face lift for every wall. There are a plethora of exceptional geometric shapes to integrate into a home or business. Adding texture to a wall makes a huge difference and can liven up a room instantly. Try incorporating some waves or triangles to give the place a little zest. To get really intricate, creating a wall design such as a flower or a tree can bring the room to life for others to see. 


Why 3D?

Most people do not realize that adding faux brick to a room is in fact creating a three-dimensional wall. Just by doing something as simple as this, the space has not only come together, it also gives the space that much more character! Three dimensional walls have the potential to make rooms more exciting or more calming. The can potentially even create a cozy feeling or increase the appearance of how big the room actually is. Depending on what the agenda is for the home or business, three dimensional walls add a sense of personal style and design, not to mention they will absolutely make all of your friends jealous!


Our suggestion is to get creative. Go out, be bold and take a chance because as long as it is done correctly and with care, you will be pleasantly surprised! Also, be on the lookout for new places adding in this new wall feature and do not forget to appreciate exactly how much it helps the space come together. The era of two-dimensional wall design will never end, but the era of three dimensional walls is just getting started. 

Suede and Velvet Upholstery Fabrics

Now here is a material we should all get on board with! Not only are these fabrics the BEST because of the way they feel when you touch and even wear them, they’re even better when you can enjoy the design when sitting in a beautifully upholstered chair, couch or stool!



We define suede as leather with a velvety napped finish. In short, it’s the soft and “fuzzy” part on the bottom of the leather. Suede can be made by either turning the upside down, revealing the suede portion OR splitting the leather, taking away the top grain showing only the underside. When using the first method for creating suede, expect to have a leather that is just as strong as full grain leather but with a different texture and feel. The second method creates the more common and desired suede that is used for some shoes, hats and interior decor.


One thing you want to remember about suede is that it has it’s purposes and you should only use it for those purposes. For example, introduce suede on a chair back. Because the backside of a chair, while visible, do not get too much use, so the suede will last longer. Not only does suede add an awesome texture and look in the space, it adds a sense of culture in the room!


There are multiple types of suede nowadays such as ultra-suede, sueded silk and microfiber suede that cater to the Vegan lifestyle. Just remember, the more wear and tear that suede is exposed to, the faster the “soft” and “fuzzy” parts disappear!



According to the dictionary, velvet is a closely woven fabric originally made from silk, but now can also be made with cotton or nylon, that has a thick short pile on one side. Velvet has been used in history for over a millenia. Originally it was all made by hand and buying velvet was expensive. This was to attract only the Royal and wealthiest of customers. Nowadays we use velvet for more than just clothing! Everything from sofas, chairs, bedding, and throw pillows are being used to class up hotel lobbies all over the world. Although it is a very sensitive material, velvet takes stylish and sophisticated to a different level!


Velvet can be made from silk, cotton, wool, linen, mohair, etc. and taking care of it can be pretty tricky! Due to the fact that velvet is so porous, exposing it to too much water can damage and even reduce the velvet taking away the soft feeling. 


These two materials obviously have a lot in common, but there is one main difference. Suede consists of leather and velvet does not! Suede has an advantage when it comes to objects such as shoes. Come on, Elvis Presley sang about blue suede shoes! Suede shoes are very common because, be honest, who doesn’t want soft-to-the-touch footwear? Velvet is used more for furniture and clothing. Velvet furniture, as we mentioned before, is used to create a more classy and stylish ambience.



Upholstering pieces of furniture with velvet or suede will make a place appear more upscale without giving off the vibe of being overpriced. Not to mention how soft and comfortable the material is. Bring this look into your space and you will lose track of the compliments within days!


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 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! 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.



What if your bar extended beyond the normal convenient beer in the lobby hangout? Drawing crowds of socialites, industry professionals, and anyone looking for a good time. Hotel Bars have become the new millennial social go to for a night on the town, a good drink, and good conversation. The design of your bar can only enhance the hotel’s aesthetic. The key to designing a perfect hotel bar is focusing on the energy it creates within its space, through service, functionality, and brand originality. The ambience of hotel decor with luxury seating has taking the social gathering to new heights. Hotel bars have the potential to create new a clientele independent from the hotel itself. Clients and guest enjoy the conveniency of bars for many reasons. Hotel hospitality should be able to cover every single one of them. The growing trend of savory finger food and great drinks has turned bars into a one stop shop for guest and socialites.



When I wrote last week's blog about Millennials, I found myself looking back over the bullet points and making one conclusion--nearly ALL of massive changes in the hospitality industry are driven by one dominant force: Technology. In fact, this weekend, I was doing some research online and came across a Tripadvisor review. It read, “Austin is one of the few cities with Google Fiber and I would have expected more from this hotel.” This review speaks volumes about the expectations of technology in our field--we are supposed to be ambassadors rising technological trends.



We called the Baby Boomers just that because of an influx of births after World War II and they were expected to be the biggest generation. But we have entered a time where the millennials have outgrown their parents. They've grown up with iPads in their hands, and have vastly different culture and set of values from any previous generation. Now, Millennials are the dominant consumers, especially in the hotel industry. As they sweep into our hotel lobbies, they place those values and expectations into our hands. I read an article the other day about a hotel that installed Amazon's Alexa in their rooms. Guests can use their voice alone to order an Amazon package from their hotel room and receive delivery in less than 2 hours. Yes, the Millennials are quickly changing the hotel industry. Personally, I find it exciting!



When it comes to hotel design, a washroom can sometimes become an overlooked aspect of the spaces proposal. However, I find it is important for this amenity to reflect the unique style of the hotel including the potential for the design details that can give guests a lasting impression. At first, walking into the washroom should be a comfortable experience, but then should overwhelm the senses with luxury and quiet elegance. Some of my favorite hotels have washrooms that are a get-away by themselves.



When it comes to the hospitality industry, trends can be both short-lived and everlasting. With every new year, we see new trends emerge on the scene. As 2017 begins, we know it promises to be a year of great change in the hospitality industry. So, what will this year’s trends in hotel guest experience bring? We’ve put together a list of a few of our predictions for the upcoming year of hospitality design.



When it comes to hospitality design, there is so much beyond what meets the eye. Your client is expecting you to develop a concept that will please people of all ages, people from across the world, and create an environment that's enjoyable for employees to work in. The real question is, where does one even begin? Many projects later, and much trial and error, we have a few suggestions to get your wheels turning before you start your next project.