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5 Home Decorating Tips From a Swanky New Hotel in Milan


One of the great things about travel is the design inspiration to be found around every corner. Ask any designer—working in textiles, interiors, architecture, urban planning— and they’ll likely tell you that travel, for them, is a font of new ideas.

One such source when on the road is your hotel: Though some of the wackier design ideas in the hospitality world don’t necessarily have real-life applications, there are times when the spirit of an idea can actually guide your own ideas for redecoration and renewal (we’re looking at you, spring) at home.

Case in point: The brand-new Milan outpost of Spanish boutique hotel group Room Mate, which also has locations in Mexico City, Istanbul, New York, and Madrid. Dubbed the Hotel Giulia, and designed by Milan-based Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, the 85-room hotel’s funky, vibrant interiors are decked out in more than a few trends we observed at last year’s Salone home show.

Straight from the hotel’s playful spaces, some tips for how to incorporate some 2016 trends into your next redecoration project.

1. Mix colors, patterns, and materials. Go bold!

The hotel’s mix of iridescent-glass tables and graphic, woven rugs, as seen in its lobby, may be a bit much for the average Jane’s living room, but considering a daring mix of colors and patterns (and materials!) isn’t a bad idea.

2. Neon signs can be done custom.

If you don’t live in a city where custom-designed neon signs are something you can buy in a brick-and-mortar store, you’re in luck! There are Etsy stores for that. Here are a few.


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