4 Essential Elements in Hotel Interior Design

1. A Lobby Designed to be Versatile

The first impression of a hotel is the lobby. Many hotels choose to stun their guests with massive atriums and eye-catching decor. While these visual factors are great, the new necessity in hotel lobby design is for the lobby to be a multi-use space available for use at any time. To support travelers of all types, a hotel lobby should feature a combination of social and more private areas for seating and work, as well as a variety of seating options, multimedia kiosks, and stunning visuals that will make a guest want to spend time relaxing and meeting in the lobby. Waterfalls, green walls, and bars can attract guests to spend more time in the lobby than in their room!

2. Technology Integration for the Modern Traveler

Even though many guests may not spend much time in their rooms, it is important to design rooms with the modern traveler in mind. Guests want to be able to utilize technology for gathering knowledge and increasing comfort, just like at home. A television and some electrical outlets just don’t cut it anymore. Digital controls over lighting and temperature, as well as ways to charge devices and connect them quicker and easier are in high demand, and all of these features need to seamlessly integrate into the design of the room itself.

3. Use Colors and Textures More Than Patterns

When it comes to designing rooms themselves (and lobbies), it is much better now to move away from the patterns of yesterday, and focus more on textures that the guests can “feel” as well as bright pops of color that really stand out and brighten up the space. Modern hotel rooms need to be less boring and more interesting, and hotels are accomplishing this by doing away with old tired patterns and bringing in the modern trends of color and texture. This also leads to some interesting and unique designs, so guests will no longer forget what hotel they stayed at!

4. Personalized Spaces to Make an Impact

When you go to a chain hotel, every room looks the same, consistently. While some guests like this consistency, personalized or unique rooms can leave a customer with a lasting memory of their stay, and consider the hotel as more than just a utility. With modern technology, hotels can track customer preferences, allowing for some great customer service when it comes to returning to the same hotel numerous times. Other hotels even have themed guest rooms! How would you like to stay in a James Bond themed hotel room?

Project Showcase: Hub 9

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design works on more than just residential homes! Hub 9 is the first of three multi-use projects at Orenco Station just outside of Portland, designed by GHID. All of the interiors of the building, and two model units, were designed by us, and we see it as a shining example of GHID’s ability to be versatile in its design! Hub 9 has some unique features and great design schemes, which we will be showcasing today!

A Lobby Worth Relaxing In

The first impression of any apartment building or other multi-use building is the lobby. The lobby of Hub 9 is welcoming and comfortable, with plenty of places to sit. It also features a double-sided fireplace to make this space feel warm and inviting right when you walk in. Elsewhere in the lobby, there are plenty of lounge areas separated by draping Cascade Coil drapery, which double as walls and decor!

A Rope Room? Yes, a Rope Room!

“A rope room?” you’re probably asking yourself. Yes, really, a rope room. And we’re not talking about a rope-climbing gym either. This is a lounge area in which the main decorations are ropes dangling from the ceiling! It may sound a little off, but it gives the room a very unique texture, as well as the ability to weave interesting shapes with the wall, making it both functional and artistic! Also, this rope room designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design is the only such room in the Pacific Northwest!

Consistent Design in Model Units

The model apartment units that GHID designed for Hub 9 were designed to be unique, vibrant, and fresh, just like the rest of the building. As you can see, we kept the commons themes of boxy furniture with thin legs, as well as the juxtaposition of primary colors layered over earth tones. The spaces feel young and hip, just like the apartments are supposed to be in this part of town! As with any small space like an apartment, managing space can be difficult. In this case, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design balanced more open spaces like the kitchen with more busy areas like shelves and walls.

A Great Room Where “Great” is an Understatement

The great room in Hub 9 is a massive space with vaulted ceilings and tall windows. Smaller spaces like a wine tasting room and a gym branch off of the room, offering more services to the residents. Also included is a kitchen and an indoor/outdoor fireplace, which gives residents comfort both inside and outside the building itself. Comfort and access to amenities are key in this huge space, and everything someone could want in an apartment building is all here. Additionally, the room has a lot of unique and colorful pieces in it, continuing that young and hip feel!

Hard facts about industrial design

Industrial design is a major trend in boutiques, restaurants, tasting rooms, and other gathering spaces – but it’s too sterile for your space, right? Think again. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design’s latest multifamily project, Rowlock, proves that industrial design can be as warm and welcoming as it is chic and visually interesting. Now that Rowlock is turning heads and stealing hearts at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon, we thought we would take a closer look at the details that bring industrial design to your space.

Expose the Raw Details

Exposed steel beams and hanging light bulbs in the lobby stylishly invoke the feeling of an industrial space while posh furniture and inviting colors keep the vibe trendy and comfortable. In industrial design, sometimes the unfinished look is best – so don’t be afraid to use raw materials to your advantage!

Eclectic Details From Concept to Completion

Here is a rendering of Rowlock’s lobby that Senior Designer Hannah Furseth provided our client during an early presentation. The results, shown above, are uncanny! The industrial details really stand out here- cool steel, rough reclaimed wood, hanging light bulbs and the feature wall of cabinet doors. Using “industry pieces” or a collection of items is a typical method of decorating in industrial design. In the Club Room we hung a series of wood rounds. In one of the model units there is a media stand made of metal and wood that holds a collection of books and pottery.

Use a Mix of Metal & Wood

The most tell-tale sign of industrial interior design is the mix of metal and wood. Raw steel and stainless steel being the most popular choices for metal. GHID chose to include reclaimed wood details throughout which have a great textural contrast to the raw steel. Our designers researched the history of the building’s location, and found that it once was home to an apple orchard, which inspired them to include reclaimed wood details throughout the space. The recycled wood creates a sense of history for this modern building, and reminded us of apple boxes and, of course, tree trunks.

Industrial Design Doesn’t Have to Mean Black & Gray

…though it often does. That is because one of the main traits of the design style is to have a “warehouse look.” Metal, concrete and wood. Instead of all neutral we chose to use a bright, spicy color palette that we hoped would appeal to the young, hip demographic of Intel employees our client wanted to draw. It was important to our eclectic design that we mixed highly textured fabrics, with luxurious smooth materials and also threw in some rougher more durable fabrics- such as kilims and hides

Make a Statement in Your Fusion of Styles

One reason that industrial interior design has taken off it that it is easy to personalize. The combination of mixing raw wood and smooth surfaces continues here, too, but in this space Garrison Hullinger Interior Design’s team fused industrial interior design traits with polished glam! The metal light fixtures have a perforated pattern casting light spots and sparkle throughout the space. To add to that glam look we extended the paint color in a tall vertical stripe pattern transforming a typically utilitarian spaces into a bold destination. The beauty of industrial design is that is mixes with modern, vintage, mid-centry modern, etc! So make your statement!

Up-close look…

Check out the detail gallery below and get more ideas for your design. To see our full portfolio of images for Rowlock, click here.