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Trends in Hotel Interior Design 2016

by | Sep 7, 2016 | Interior Design | 2 comments

Modern hotels have been forced to come up with creative solutions to adapt to rapid social changes. From rethinking room configurations to providing personalised experiences, hotel owners are transforming their hotel rooms into highlights of any escape. It is not only the hotel owners that are looking for new and fresh features in hotels — the guests are as well. Read on to learn about some of the big new trends that can be found in the hotel industry worldwide.


Grand & Versatile Entrances

It is all about offering the most memorable first impression — so you want it to be good. From the hotel’s exterior to the entrance and main lobby, every detail matters. Entrance lobbies are growing in importance as social encounters are dependent on these particular areas in the hotel to act as common ground. Hotel lobbies are a multi-use space that can be used for casual and formal talks alike.

You can often find someone working on their laptop or charging their devices while lounging in a hotel lobby as well. Gone are the days of simple sofa-coffee table arrangements. Creating divided spaces is necessary to provide intimate and social zones, while also making sure that the furniture is delivering comfort and functionality within those zones. Other, more extravagant features found at the entrances of some of today’s emerging modern hotels include large green walls, large chandeliers, indoor waterfalls and multimedia stations. Ultimately, this area of a hotel should be pleasant and inviting to leisure and business guests.

Hotel Entrance

Creating Innovative Guestroom Configurations

Today’s world guests expect more than the classic bed-table-locker, which was common for so many years but is now outdated, to make a hotel room feel inviting. Guests expect something that they cannot get at home, which would explain why each interior of a modern venue is so drastically different from the next.

Tailoring rooms to have creative offices for business travelers, but also allowing it to be a private space for them to relax. Other key “ingredients” for a trendy hotel room include interesting looking TV panels and placing an extra sofa in the room next to the bed. If you tie these “ingredients” in with the color explosions and eclectic decor mixes that have been popping up in recent years you would be able to appeal to guests who want a unique experience.


Bathroom Experience

Bathrooms are no longer looked at as auxiliary rooms, they are now considered to be as big of deal as the room itself. The modern guest wants to experience something that they do not have at home. A resort style bathroom, with spa-like features, is basically an open invite to relax and unwind after a long day doing business deals or wandering the city. A bathroom could include features such as an his and her sinks, giant towels, waterfall showers, luxury beauty items, all while maintaining a spacious feel to the room. Bathtubs & Spas are no longer a desired item for hotel rooms, large walk in luxurious showers are more desired in 2016.

More than Just A Hotel Restaurant

A hotel’s restaurant needs to be more than just an eatery that serves delectable delights. It should provide a luxurious dining experience, but it must also provide a unique feel through memorable design. The restaurant’s decor based on a unique theme will help to ensure that the overall space becomes a standalone destination within the hotel. Think of it like this, cooking is an art and the restaurant is the exhibition space.

Superior Hotel Dining Experience

Mixing Exotic Art with Local Art

There are certain pieces of modern architecture which distance themselves from local origins, which really limits our ability to tell anything about their locations from the design. By embracing the local traditions of an area, hotels are able to give a more unique and can help to create a genuine experience. Art can bring people together and embody both elegance and solidarity. From photography and small sculptures, to large-scale installations, the integration of an art piece into the image of the hotel could be an easy way to be successful. Through the right balance of local and imported painting or sculptures, a hotel can express its own unique identity.

Blending the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary

A sensory experience will go a long way. If a hotel is located in a strategic location, using windows as design elements that act as a lens to the beauty of the surrounding area would be ideal. Even if a window might not look out on a naturally picturesque view, landscaping arrangements can provide a fascinating view.

Why stop with windows? Hotel rooms have been expanded through large decks and terraces, but nature elements have also been brought inside. Stone decorations, wood paneling, lush greenery and indoor waterfalls, are just a few elements that have been used to release the tension of hotel guests.

Joining the Green Train

While sustainability might be more costly in the short term, but choosing practical interior design can be economical and eco-conscious as well. A few of the current green trends in the hospitality industry include: using oversized windows to invite natural lighting, natural building materials, installing green walls and green roofs, placing recycling bins throughout the property for guests, using electric water faucets, and locally grown food for cooking.

Technology Balance

Hotels have to be careful about becoming too over-the-top when attempting to portray a tech-savvy interior — not everyone is looking for a hi-tech accommodation away from home. Many leisure guests go on vacation to get away from their busy, technologically-induced lives. While the guests are tending to be disconnected during their holiday time, hotels are focusing more and more on keeping their guests “plugged in” at all costs.

When it comes to business tourism, a technology-friendly room will encourage work-flow and if the correct technology balance is used, there is an increased chance that a guest will remain loyal to that hotel. The newer hotels that offer the possibility of adjusting lighting, window blinds and even air conditioning through smartphones have found this feature to be a good business approach.

A simple trend that has begun popping up is the placement of PC tablets at check-in for printing boarding passes, as well as other self-help processes that require an online connection. Another trend is adopting the check-in process to be more online, this way it is streamlined and eliminates the need for a large front desk in the reception area, allowing for more room in the lobby area.

Technology in Hotels

More Colour and Texture — Less Patterns

You usually spend more time exploring your senses when you are away from home. This could probably explain why hotel rooms are going away from visually upsetting patterns and embracing textures instead. The emphasis on textures and colours for furniture and design elements create a visually appealing and tactile treat for guests.

Textures play better with the senses, giving a guest’s time away an exciting, memorable experience. By giving guests something that they are able to feel, and even get lost in, you are creating a memorable experience — something that they will probably want to repeat. A easy way to create a soothing joyful atmosphere and to animate spaces is to introduce some bright colours.

Personalised Spaces

A hotel is more likely to stay in the memory of a guest for a long, long time if the accommodation experience is unique. It is because of this that hotel owners are working to create personalised spaces, which were not as popular before. Guestrooms that are centered around a theme have a strong impact, especially when visitors are only able to try one room at a time. New concepts that have slowly started gaining more interest within the hospitality industry are pop-up hotels and modular hotels.

A Home Away From Home

The most important thing to keep in mind is that an ideal hotel room should provide more comfort and a feeling of the hotel being a home away from home. It does not matter how luxurious, technology friendly, or how weird the room themes are, coziness is a major factor to consider. By adding wood additions, inspired decorating items — such as curtains, carpets and artwork, as well as a smart television and the ability to play music in the room, you are adding the a guest’s experience, making their stay more memorable.

While all of these trends a prevalent in modern hotels, it is also important to remember to not get overly wrapped up in passing trends. While something might be fairly large now, will it still be relevant ten years down the road? Even if the answer is no, there are some trends that might be worth it to invest in, it would just depend on the hotel and their clientele. Ultimately, if a hotel has the structure to support the trend towards global responsibility and the shift toward creating meaningful experiences when traveling, it has a higher probability of becoming a destination location with a steady stream of guests.

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