What is the first thing you notice while you enter a hotel? Is it the lights? The furniture? The staff? The overall ambience?
Interior is often like putting clothes on a skeleton – it might not be the backbone of the structure but it sure is what gives visibility to the structure. While the interior is assumed to enhance the hotel a level up, sometimes if done wrong, it also leaves a bad impression. Thus, it extremely crucial for interior designers to be extra careful while designing the hotels.
The first step to learning is sometimes unlearning. To improve, one must learn to re-evaluate the well-known common mistakes and that in itself is a designer’s prowess.
Even the best interior designers make the most common hospitality mistakes while designing hotels. Here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid while sourcing interiors for your hotel:
1. Let the lighting set the tone
‘Not too much, not too little, just perfect’ – let this be your mantra while deciding the lighting for your hotel. One of the biggest mistake that interior designers make is selecting the wrong points and colours for the lights.
Inappropriate setting and light tones can dull down the entire vibe of the place. Always remember, lighting impacts the emotion of the room. It affects the ambience and brand image, as well as the customer experience. To avoid this, it is important to do thorough testing of the lights – how well they go with the space. Doing so will help allocate the changes to be made and improve accordingly.
2. Apt furniture is the key
“Putting all the furniture against the wall. You should have a few pieces that float in the room to create variety and interest in the floor plan. Sketch on paper how you might achieve this. One way is to have a chair or two floating in the middle of the plan into the seating arrangement.” –Young Huh
One thing to note is that over enthusiasm creates a mess. While selecting the furniture, you should always let the space be the focal point. The furniture is the essence of the space and overdoing it often makes the functional space less appealing.
3. Let it be real & raw
One of the best ways to enhance a setting is to let the original setting sink in. Sometimes, not changing too much makes the most sense and added simple, minimal and natural elements works to the best interest of the owner as well as the customers.
This frees us from the threat of mass consumerism and allows natural resources to make the difference. There are a lot of organic options that are now available in furniture and interior. Right from organic painting to organic mattresses and bedding, the consumers and the industry is getting more conscious and aware of the consequences of not opting the greener way of life. Incorporating solar water heaters, rain water harvesting, double glazed windows that help reduce the running of AC, etc. are a few methods that can be incorporated while construction.
An ideal setting is the one that is decorated with nature – let’s face it – there is no such thing as too many greens!
4. Impractical budgeting
The most prominent and guiding factor of the project is the financial aspect that is based on the feasibility determined by the clients and other stakeholders. There can be many budgetary constraints that may arise which may be unaccounted for. In these cases, it is imperative to have a backup plan that saves the sinking ship for the designer.
An important mistake to avoid is to have an impractical budgeting format that does not account for these unexpected and unforeseen changes that may arise in the course of the project. Calculation of costs during the design process helps to have a safety net that layers the checks and balances for the budget and cost control. Supplier prices and vendor prices must be regularly updated with the latest products and price lists.
5. Do not overdo the design trends
Every design has a personal approach to it. For hotels in particular, the central approach is the factor of personalization that makes the design unique and comfortable for the guests, at the same time. Trends are volatile – they change from time to time. Thus, it is only important to stick to the basics sometimes. While catering to trends, one needs to be extremely careful of the ideology that aligns with the theme and motto of the hotel.
It is essential to understand what the space means to the client and then work upon it accordingly. A good designer always prioritizes this. Shaping and moulding the trends in accordance with these stories make it even more meaningful when the end results turn out.
These are the most common five mistakes that every designer must avoid while sourcing interior for the hotel they’re working on. These mistakes are more like a guide, following which better results are certain to arrive. Along with that, these mistakes also help improve upon the fundamental concepts of interior designing and has been proven to be useful for both, the clients, as well as the designers, to deeply understand the concepts.