As much as I appreciate the bigger luxury hotel chains, one of my indulgences when travelling is booking accommodation at design-savvy boutique hotels. Because of the lower number of rooms available, the exclusivity of it makes it all the more luxurious – speaking to my inner-VIP. Generally speaking, boutique hotels offer unique and original interior design details, and are the perfect forms of inspiration for when you want to update your interior and furniture scheme. Melbourne seems to be the go-to place for on-trend designs, whether it is in interiors, or fashion, and it just so happens that two of my favourite boutique hotels are in Melbourne.
Both the Adelphi Hotel and Coppersmith offer very different interior design aesthetics, so what better way to share how to incorporate Melbourne-style luxury furniture to suit your own unique sense of style than a study into these two stunning interiors?
Whimsical and super-edgy, the Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD, situated behind a warehouse-style façade in Flinders Lane, is you’ll find the treasure box of a hotel that is full of colour and pattern. Designed by internationally renowned interior designer, Fady Hatchem, the design features bold black and white chevron flooring, a mismatch of metals, and vibrant colours flowing throughout the hotel to create a cohesive, fun & elegant establishment.
The luxury rooms are truly an amalgamation of styles; the black and white patterned details in the rooms give a light reference to a Hollywood Regency interior style, whilst the light timber detailing scattered throughout the rooms give a restrained nod to the ever-popular Scandinavian interior style. Pops of colour and graphics in homewares and decor only serve to add to the contemporary atmosphere.
Achieving the more-is-more look at home can be tricky – the last thing you want is for your interior to look overcrowded or stuffy! Take a cue from the Adelphi Hotel: a bold patterned rug and window furnishings act as the focal points, while the neutral luxury furniture pieces balance the busyness of the patterns. Play with different shapes and textures when it comes to the furniture and décor items – this will add quirk and character to the space whilst still looking elegant and chic.
If mixed colours and patterns are too bold for your liking, then create a refined and cosy sanctuary inspired by the rooms at the Coppersmith, Melbourne… There's no shortage of gorgeous historic buildings dotting the Melbourne skyline and certainly no shortage of admiration for the architecture, so it’s no wonder that the owners of Coppersmith decided to turn the old Cricket Club Hotel in South Melbourne into a sophisticated, chic, and tranquil 15-room boutique hotel.
Unlike the Adelphi Hotel, the Coppersmith presents a serene setting, complete with layers of neutral tones – the perfect backdrop for some much needed rest and relaxation. With help from celebrated interior design and architecture firm, Hassell, the Coppersmith incorporates materials and details that pay homage to the hotel’s predecessor as well as the building’s heritage.
It’s the subtle layering of materials and textures that makes the Coppersmith so elegant without being lacklustre. When achieving this look in your home, opt for a monochromatic colour scheme for your interior – choosing variations of the one colour within furniture and homewares will create a light and cohesive look, and can really pop against a contrasting colour such as a dark charcoal or black (as seen in the Coppersmith). Maximise the height of your ceiling through the use of gorgeous s-fold sheer curtains; this will draw your eye up, while the sheer fabric allows gorgeous filtered light to penetrate the room for a soothing ambiance.
For inspiration on luxury furnishings and interior design aesthetics, look no further than the Adelphi Hotel and Coppersmith in Melbourne to guarantee on-trend and chic interior inspiration for your home.