Hospitality Design Trends & Tips: Materials


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Guest Rooms – How to select the Right Materials?

by Christine Bojorquez

We want to make it easy for you to select the right materials for your Guest Room. Materials that will exceed functionality, guidelines, and it will give that WOW factor that makes your guest want to stay and come back!

But what are the right materials? You want to think about the end goal first. What do you want your Guest Room to say when your guests come? Here are some good options that will get you started:

  • “I like how peaceful this room feels.”

  • “I like how vibrant and fun this room is.”

  • “I like how everything coordinates.”

The overall style and feel of the room will give you a good starting point on the materials for each part of the room. For this blog, we will be focusing on some tips on selecting the right materials by focusing on what works in the room beyond a specific style.

The Right Material -

Paint: *The most affordable way to change the look of a room*

But what color? - You want to give your Guest Rooms a lighter tone than your hallways to make them feel brighter and more inviting.

And it is always refreshing to see a pop wall – by either paint or wall covering, it is a trend that is not leaving Guest Rooms. Blue is a subtle color that goes with everything, so I will start there if you need a pop color wall.

Flooring: The name of the game is long-lasting, and by this, we don’t only mean a material that will last ten years or so, but a material that you and your guests will love in the next decade. Let’s avoid trendy, crazy, and bold colors. We prefer an excellent classic or light and textured solution. For example, wood is classic, but redwood is a “trendy” Mid-Century option while Walnut is here to stay.

Drapery: Ok, now it’s time to have some fun! If you want to give your room an exciting pattern or color, this is your opportunity!

You have a lot of options in fabric, style, and placement; that gives the room the chance to have a completely different style each time. When you select the fabric, you want to focus on that question that you answered at the beginning about your guests’ reaction.

  • Calming

  • Colors: light blue/green/grey

  • Textures: Yes, all of them!

  • Patterns: Subtle/small patterns – prefer the texture over patterns

  • Vibrant

  • Colors: red/yellow

  • Textures: Yes!

  • Patterns: Yes, this is where you can be bold. Choose one pattern as the main one and if there are any other patterns complement the first one by having a smaller or bigger pattern

  • Matching

  • Colors: consider using the following Color Schemes: Complementary, Triadic, or Tetradic. And most importantly balance the colors with the 60/30/10 rule (60% one color – usually a neutral: warm light grey, 30%: your pop of color and 10% to balance both out)

  • Textures: Yes, always!

  • Patterns: Yes, you can go bold or subtle for this style

Remember to always partner with an expert on drapery; we want to make sure you are following the fire-retardant requirements of your state. A Hospitality expert will be your best option versus a Residential Designer who has done drapes for a home.

Furniture: Focus on quality, quality, quality. You don’t want to make a remodel and then in 3 years having to replace everything again. Avoid materials that can be easily chip and finishes that can wear down by sun exposure.

Use materials and colors that are classic and not too trendy since we want them to stay long.

Bedding: The bed should be an essential focal point of the room. Your guests are there to sleep over any other reason, so give them a bed that is inviting. The number of pillows and sizes will change the look of the bed entirely as wells as the type of top of the bed or bed-scarf size and style. You can use the same information from the drapery style from above on this to select color, texture, and pattern. For the Bedding, it is vital to partner with a Hospitality Expert to broaden your perspective on what you can do with fabrics.

We hope that this has helped you in selecting the right materials for your next remodel and remember to consider professional help before purchasing this can save you a lot of money in the long run. And stay tuned for more!

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