Luxury hotels are fertile ground for harvesting design and décor ideas that can take root in your rooms. My tips for interior design inspiration? Hotel interiors epitomising luxury promise to influence and inspire, aiding in the creation of spaces oozing refinement and grand allure.
From the Kent Street Kitchen to the Palm Court Bar, diners at the Langham, Sydney feel more like they are breaking bread at an intimate gathering in a high-end home rather than supping in a sterile hotel.
For instance, guests are ensconced in chairs with distinctive lines & upholstered in an eye-popping turquoise in the Palm Court Bar the window-side seating serving to enjoy afternoon tea presented in Wedgewood china. To serve as a subtle foil for all the patterns, textures and colours, the boldly-hued chairs and floral tea set are partnered with a glass table with delicate, root-like silver legs.
Mimic the look at home with soft greens, austere beige and accents of gold. For subtle intrigue & the sophistication offered by the classic combination of gold and glass, consider the Carnaby Side Table, showcasing intersecting rings in a metal base; both geometric and floral at once.
Clustering occasional chairs and sofas around petite dining tables to create comfortable conversation areas perfect for enjoying an after-dinner drink, the Palm Court Bar is a refreshing take on the quintessential hotel dining room. A collection of occasional chairs are upholstered in leather while others feature curved lines covered in fabrics of various hues ranging from white to a soothing blue green; a look taking cues from classic design, only to be updated with a contemporary luxe aesthetic.
To build a similar seating area in your own living room, opt for pieces showcasing traditional design elements, with a focus on exquisite detailing. The timber framed profile and ocean hued upholstery of my Washington Timber Framed Occasional Chair is an ideal starting point in imitating the decor of the Langham. Follow up with the curved profile of the Washington Tufted Sofa for classic elegance and a current-day take on a traditional influence.
From the walls of its guest rooms to its public spaces and even outdoors, The Connaught features an impressive collection of original art. Boasting more than 3,000 works from notable artists including Graham Sutherland and Barbara Hepworth, it's fitting The Connaught’s carefully curated collection sits alongside carefully considered interior design.
When it comes to interior decor, The Connaught Bar showcases a 21st century interpretation of the Edwardian original and indeed, the space gives a firm nod to the classic English public house with its leather-upholstered furniture and dark hues, however, the patterned carpeting and liberal use of glass and white accents gives the space a distinctive dose of modern glam.
Recreate the same traditionally handsome aesthetic in your home by pairing classically inspired pieces such as my Caviar Urn Table and Kagney Leather Occasional Chair or the tufted leather Savoy Chair.
Exclusivity is the name of the game at the collection of Soho House members only hotels, however the Chicago arm of the network welcomes public pursuit, if only in limited areas.
Featuring the Soho House signature blend of sophisticated, gritty & lived-in, Soho House Chicago features a decor perfectly imitatable for the residential abode. Classic profiles, opulent velvets and statement lighting are used throughout to create a look of not-quite eclecticism, but unconventional none-the-less. Get the look with traditional design elements such as button tufting and nail head trim, paired with accents of walnut and gold.
My Geneva Tufted Chair delivers on the desired silhouette, and when paired with my Chelsea Square Side Table creates the considered juxtaposition of styles that Soho House Chicago emulates to stunning effect. Add sophisticated opulence with the likes of my Avallon Reversible Cushions, featuring the regality of velvet, alongside a touch of antiqued mirror, providing an aged patina the Soho House Chicago would be proud of. And of course, the look isn't complete without a patchwork or Persian rug.
In similar vein to The Connaught, the public spaces of 18 suites of the Hotel Adriatic, Croatia, are adorned with original art, with many pieces created exclusively for the hotel, located in Rovinj. The boutique-like small collection of only 18 rooms each share a common commitment to what can only be described as opulent minimalism, maintaining guests focus is kept on the interior design and of course, the hotel’s stunning views.
To create the same look in any room of your home, stick to simple colour schemes dominated by neutrals, carefully utilising one accent hue and silhouette, seen to striking effect in the otherwise minimalistic suites of the Adriatic. A combination of black and white furnishings with sleek silhouettes, such as my Dension Square Arm Sofa paired with the one statement hue - in this case a buttery yellow; the Benjamin Chair designed by Oly San Francisco won't fail on delivering that touch of contrast.
Whether you’re reimagining your living room, dining room, or bedroom, designer furniture inspiration adopted from hotels globally won't fail in the creation of an apologetically luxurious aesthetic, from the classic to the contemporary.
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