Next time you stay at a swanky hotel, don’t just delight in the bathroom goodies – come home with some design inspiration too. With a bit of imagination, a lot of the ideas you see at your favourite boutique hotels can translate well to most interiors...
You love shoes almost as much as you love staying in lovely hotels so why not combine those two passions. The designers of Rome’s Portrait Suites (part of the Ferragamo fashion empire) have come up with a brilliant shoe-inspired artwork for one of its rooms. You don’t need to do anything quite so grand – why not take polaroids of some of your favourite pairs and mount them in a box frame, or have one of your favourite Instagram images put onto canvas?
Room dividers come in many shapes and sizes and are a great way of maximising space or ‘zoning’ a home. From Japanese style screens to more solid pieces of display furniture there is a wide range of dividers on the market, but for an alternative take a look at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. At the Ace you won’t find a wall when a divider will do, and you won’t find anything as hefty as wood or a screen – the Ace uses simple yet effective lengths of canvas to divide its rooms into separate zones. Try the same with one of your living spaces.
White on white
East London’s 40 Winks hotel is housed within a Queen Anne townhouse dating back to 1717. The eclectic interior takes in shabby chic and maximalist touches (strings of pearls draped over light fittings, for example), but there is also minimalist inspiration to be found in some of its spaces. An all-white bedroom houses a bed dressed in the crispest white sheets, while in one of the hotel’s public areas an alert white ceramic dog sits inside a white chimney breast surrounded by white objects. Stripped floorboards look brilliant painted white, and of course white walls are an enduring classic – add pops of colour with accessories, quirky ornaments and soft furnishings.
Mood of the moment
Not content with just designing oh-so-flattering wrap dresses, Diane Von Furstenberg has turned her hand to interior design and her interior style is one that could work brilliantly for you. Among the rooms she has created for ultra-luxe Claridge’s is this black and white oasis. Monochrome is a big story in fashion at the moment and it comes in and out of fashion for our homes, but it’s hot right now (as Rita Ora might say). The trick is to keep things simple – avoid colour (though do try gold accents) and stick to a pure two-tone palette. And don’t rule out black walls. A feature wall in this darkest of colours can add drama and depth to a room as DVF ably demonstrates.
Curtains, no kippers
If anyone knows how to mix and match patterns and textiles it’s Kit Kemp. Her hotels – including The Soho and The Haymarket – feature design tricks like padded headboards in bold jacquards and oversized floral wallpapers teamed with ‘colliding’ (read contrasting) cushions. A lover of curtains, Kemps are surprising yet effective – if you’ve ruled out florals as a window treatment, it may be time to revise your opinion once you’ve seen these, which grace the drawing room at her Number 16 hotel.
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Steven Short, Guest Editor
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