Hotel is one of those many places that when you go inside your room all you want to do is lie down and fall on that big fluffy pillows.
You can do that with your home too, here are some tips.
SURPRISE AND DELIGHT
Marriott opens the Renaissance NY Midtown hotel this spring in Manhattan. Its design concept involves creating moments of “surprise and delight” in public spaces like the lobby and dining areas, as well as in guest rooms. For example, open a closet door and inside you’ll find bold graphics livening up a space that’s usually unadorned.
Toni Stoeckl, vice-president of Marriott’s Lifestyle Brands, offers these tips for a similar approach in home design:
- Target all the senses, including “what you see, the music, the fragrance,” said Stoeckl.
- Pepper the environment with “moments to love,” he said. But remember: “Less is more: If you have too much art, you can’t pay attention to any one piece.” Good interior design is “more about uncovering beauty and decluttering space.”
- Keep design elements “real and authentic. No fake flowers, no fake candles.”
- Change artwork periodically. “Have a few pieces of art that you rotate,” said Stoeckl. Consider using the seasons as a scheduling guide for when to change displays.
- Showcase objects and art that have layers of interest or meaningful stories.
For example, a large, bright red work of abstract art near the hotel’s front desk is comprised entirely of buttons, but you can’t see the buttons until you get close. The button art was inspired by the hotel’s neighbourhood: It’s in Manhattan’s Garment District, and many of its design elements are connected to the apparel and fashion industries, from little ceramic sewing machine decorations in guest rooms, to quotes from famous designers placed on coffee tables in the club lounge. Another large artwork displaying a quote from Diane von Furstenberg — “Attitude is everything”— is made from tiny pushpins.
“We want you to look at the space, but there is another layer, and we want you to look again,” said Stoeckl.
PAINTING WITH LIGHT
Baccarat is not just a famous brand of French crystal. There’s also the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, across from the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Chandeliers, glassware and artwork made from Baccarat crystal are hallmarks of the hotel decor, but so is lighting. “The idea of illumination is one of the central reasons why we created the hotel,” said Kemper Hyers, head of design for Starwood Capital Group, which created the hotel.