When starting a design project for a client I always ask for inspiration, this allows me to get a vibe on what the client is thinking of for a direction for a particular space. So many times clients have talked about hotels they have visited throughout the world and elements that they loved during their stay. For me personally, I prefer to stay at smaller boutique hotels. What I love about these types of hotels is that they tend to have more eclectic, outside the box design elements.
1 Hotels has caught my eye for sometime. I love the mix of neutral leathers, organic woods, flokati rugs and sheep skin throws. What I love about this particular hotel is that they have used salvaged items from the local area and had custom furniture made.
This fabulous slice of wood is so eye catching as a sculptural piece of art. Choosing furniture with extra added details is key when the design is somewhat simple. These chairs with the leather strapping adds so much, yet works well with everything else in this small space. The only use of color in this neutral area is the organic plant material.
There are many inspirational design elements in this simple space. Although the space in neutral in color with a pop of blue, it is all about texture not color. From the swirl pattern in the rug, the organic feel and texture of the robe tables, the tone on tone texture of the coffee table. The salvaged wood on the ceiling is a key design element but in many ways the lighting takes center stage. It is acting more as artwork then lighting. The touch of blue pottery is the perfect accent of color, along with the organic greenery mixed in throughout.
Some of my favorite spaces are when both warm and cool colors are mixed. The warm rug and wood tones works well with the cooler palette of the gray on the sofa and pillows. The wall sconce is again more artistic in nature versus functional. The choices for artwork are spot on and what I like about using art in this fashion is that it appeals to almost everyone. If a painting was used in this space, it becomes more subjective and in this case this type of art is more appealing overall.
To me 1 Hotel is a visual feast of design inspiration. I think the take away here is that this type of decorating is not about color and all about texture.