The Flagship Armani Hotel in Dubai opened with a grand fashion show. The Hotel features handle-less entry doors, Armani branded accessories, rare Canadian Eramosa flooring and Armani Casa Furniture among other great luxuries. The hotel took Armani 5 years to design and a series on 9 more are in the works, Milan being the next on the list.
Luxury hotels, resorts and spas can be a great inspiration for residential projects. They often have defining features to attract visitors, rich layers of texture and color and a wealth of new ideas. I love to tour hotels in each city I visit to inspire my creativity and understand different solutions to design problems. Staying in hotel rooms when you travel is a great way to test out mattresses, bathtub and shower faucets, towels, layout, lighting levels and general feelings that a room can give you. The more traveled you are I believe the better you understand what you really appreciate and love about a bedroom. Below are some of MANY inspiring hotel rooms that inspire all of my senses and create different moods in my mind. Enjoy!
La Flora Khao Lak resort in Thailand plays the red and gold tones up beautifully with dark woods, glossy floors and layered lighting.
The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is a bright and fun contemporary hotel with clean and simple rooms. The bold punches of color along with neutral tones and minimal lighting keep it casual and non-fussy. This would make a great space for someone who likes to keep their head clear and come home to a cheerful and relaxing bedroom to snuggle up with a book.
If you are ever in Sydney check out this fine Boutique Establishment Hotel. The contemporary but busy vibe is clean and young. The design is all about layers, textures and materials. Throughout the hotel they have shown off beautiful white marble. During your stay or tour be sure to visit the Establishment Bar, Gin garden and Sushi e all within the building- Gorgeous Interiors!!
Radisson Blu Media Harbour is a beautiful project with floor to ceiling windows and design by the prestigious Italian designer Matteo Thun.
The Pelham Hotel in London is unique in that each room is individually designed with antique furnishings, its own color palette, bold fabrics and padded headboards. When you look at any Pelham room however they all look to be in the same series and concept but each with its own personality. This is a great approach for any home. Make each room have a different color palette but keep the overall theme similar- same headboard shape, always have a footstool at the end of the bed, always use at least 2 bold fabrics etc.
The Setai is a dramatic landmark in South Beach Miami. The Art Deco building has been refurbished and Asian accents have been added to provide a rich historical and thematic feel to the hotel through the lobby and suites. All of the details feel architecturally melded into the design which provides a sense of timelessness. The craftsmanship is exquisite!
The Chedi Muscat is a luxury hotel with a rich simplistic Arabian design. The minimal use of materials and effect of the elegant lighting details and play with shadows make this hotel serene and tranquil. A beautiful escape to an exotic piece of luxury. To achieve this look consider using clay wall paint, crema marfil marble or limestone, dark matte woods and metal light fixtures with intricate designs.