Contemporary Hotel Interior Design: 6 Key Elements

By Lillian Connors

Last updated May 27, 2021

2 min read

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There are numerous hotels trying to get more guests in their rooms, so you have to win this battle with your uniqueness. To provide a friendly and cosy atmosphere in your hotel, you have to understand that guests are searching for a temporary home where they want to feel welcomed and understood. This is not just about your stuff, but the modern interior design, too.

You need to think about all areas of your building - from the lobby, to the rooms. They have to be in cohesion, so pay attention to these six key elements in order to create an unforgettable experience for your guests.

1. Unity: Find a visual identity of a hotel

Unity doesn’t imply that all interior design elements should be the same. They should work together and complement each other in order to bring harmony into the space. Transition through the rooms should be smooth, so people can feel the vibe of the hotel. You can bring this kind of harmony to a hotel by picking several colours and shades that fit together. Also, you can group elements based on similarity, or use one type of the wood that fits in the whole interior. All in all, create a theme or storyline which will become the visual identity of your hotel. 


2. Balance: Distribute the same visual weight in each room

All elements in a hotel should have equal visual weight in order to achieve the visual balance. You can choose symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial symmetry balance, but modern hotels usually go for asymmetrical. That means that you can bring numerous elements into rooms, and keep them in an imaginary central axis as the focal point. It’s a little bit harder to achieve a balance with the asymmetrical order, but if you do it right, it will be worth your effort. Remember, rooms that seem too cluttered can feel overwhelming to guests, so choose a well-balanced interior design layout that will bring relaxing mood into a room.

3. Focal point: Give your guest something to remember you by

In order to make your rooms authentic, you need something that people will notice once they enter the room. For that reason, the focal point in a hotel room should have a lasting impression. This can be a fireplace, a piece of furniture, an artwork, or even an eye-catching, comfy rug. Also, the focal point has to be an integral part of the decoration linked through style, scale, colour or theme. So, skip boredom, and give people something to remember your hotel by.

4. Contrast: Make an impression with the simple details

Putting just two elements in opposition to one another can be very effective. Any difference in the luminance or colour of the objects that differentiates them from one another can make an impression on your guests. Hence, think about colour, form and space - even two different pillows can have an effect on them. Next, consider different forms, such as circles and squares used together. Nevertheless, don’t introduce too much contrast because it can make all your hard work fall apart.

5. Scale and proportions: The holy grail of design

The size of the rooms, different pieces of furniture, and decorative items should be in cohesion. The size, dimension, shape or colour of the objects should look like they belong to each other, so you have to be careful about every single detail. For example, small pillows will make a big sofa look empty and less modern, so you have to find the proper size that will fit the sofa the best. Remember, scale and proportion are the most important parts of achieving great design.

6. Colours: Invoke the right mood

Colours can influence your guests’ mood and emotions. Therefore, you have to think about which emotion do you want to evoke? For example, if you want to set the relaxation mood, both soft pastels and rich jewel tones are the colour hues that will promote it.

Remember, interior design is not so much about what you like, but what your guests prefer. Moreover, it’s about current trends that are circulating in the market. So, make sure that your hotel fulfils and covers all the elements well, and think about its visual identity. This is a time to be creative, so take your pencil and write the ideas down.