Traveling around the world, you can not only get acquainted with new countries and cultures but also study the features of interiors made in different styles. And to know where to start your research, we’ve prepared a guide to the most popular hotels.
With the growing popularity of slow traveling, country style is confidently gaining points among the popular styles in hotel interiors. It is ideal for those looking for privacy, tranquility, and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city. And all thanks to the pacifying philosophy of style – the desire for roots and the ability to see beauty in simple things. Bright, joyful hues, fresh flowers, grandma’s décor, cozy elegant furniture like the one from NY Furniture Outlets, and a crackling fire in the fireplace are the country style at its best. You can switch from outside to inside at Casolare Le Terre Rosse, right in the middle of the ancient pilgrimage route to Rome, close to the Chianti wine region and other gourmet attractions in Tuscany.
The secret of Scandinavian style is simple: comfort and functionality. White and other light shades were chosen as the main color, and clear, graphic lines serve as the leitmotif. Organic shapes and natural materials reflect the Scandinavians’ connection with nature. A large solid wood table is an absolute must-have in such an interior. Due to its practicality, the style is especially loved by many interior designers, and therefore it is often found in hotels of all levels around the world. One of the most authentic – in the cosmopolitan mini-hotel Tramuntana Hotel in Spain, the exterior of 11 rooms of which belongs to the renowned design studio Insight.
British style is a reflection of the traditions, etiquette, and aristocracy of the country. The legendary stiffness of the British prevents them from recognizing British-style hotels outside the country, so head straight to London for the classics at The Westbury, located in the exclusive Mayfair district. Even the most modest room is a real excursion into the history of style. Intricate patterns, heavy fabrics, rich greens, blues and berry colors, a Chesterfield-style leather sofa – without all this, it is impossible to imagine the English style. Elements of the colonial and industrial styles are also appropriate in it. Fresh flowers, an elegant flower-patterned porcelain tea set, and Victorian accessories add a finishing touch to the British style.
The nautical style is often taken too literally. Surprisingly, shells, starfish, and sunken treasures are not at all required. The focus is on color. The classic colors of the sea – blue and white – set the basic tone, while accessories help create bright accents. This is what the rooms at the Guanahani Hotel & Spa in the Caribbean, which opened in 2014, look like. The interior design of the bungalow is inspired by the professionals at Luis Pons Design Lab. However, the nautical style is the leader in the design of coastal hotels anywhere in the world.
Savoir-vivre (art of living) and laissez-faire (principle of non-interference) are reflected in the French style. It carries with the love of life and the charm of imperfection. The Parisian style is influenced by baroque and modern design. Fickle and changeable, like a true Parisian, this style loves to appear in unexpected solutions. The Plaza Athenee Hotel, for example, combines two stylistic trends. The six floors of the hotel are exquisite classics from the times of Louis XIV: antique carved furniture, stucco moldings. The interiors of the upper two floors are light, graceful Art Deco style.
The Baroque style has become the embodiment of luxury, splendor in architecture. Anyone who once visited the Palace of Versailles knows what it is about. Elements of this style bring royal luxury to your home: gold-framed mirror, candelabrum, brocade wallpaper, antique paintings, elegant armchairs, and sofas with curved shapes. You can relax, as the royal dynasties rested, at the Delano Hotel in Marrakech. Designed by renowned artist Jacques Garcia, its interior combines sumptuous velvet upholstery, hand-carved ceilings, and intricate patterns in the central rotunda to create an intimate ambiance with a modern twist.
On the noisiest street in Miami, Ocean Drive is quiet, and here is the Betsy Hotel. Its rooms are executed in an undeservedly forgotten colonial style. Perhaps it is a rare combination of classics, like shutters on the windows, and ultra-modern conditions for a comfortable stay for five years in a row that have ensured it a place in the top five hotels in the resort city of America. When you mention colonial style, associations with dark wood and heavy furniture in exotic surroundings come to mind. But how does it all fit together? The seafaring peoples who colonized Asia, Africa, and America created a special style of the interior. They did not abandon their usual furniture but tried to harmoniously fit it into the environment and adapt to local materials and climate.
The name “boho” comes from the French word bohème, meaning free creative movement. This spirit finds expression in the boho style. Mixed patterns, stylish interconnections, Moroccan and Indian furnishings, and accessories create this style. Must-have – oriental ottoman, Greek Kelim, and Arabic tea glasses on a silver tray. All this can be found in the secluded Leobo Private Reserve, located in the middle of the unspoiled nature of South Africa.
Shabby chic style
This style is characterized by the shabby appearance of furniture, fabrics, and accessories that give the impression that they have been in use for many years. This style is the younger brother of the vintage style. Thanks to the special charm of old things, this style has won many hearts. Furniture from a flea market or with an aged look, romantic and feminine elements, such as floral wallpaper, bedspreads, and other accents such as a mirror in a gold frame, complete the creative interior. For unusual, out-of-the-box thinking and friendly people, the Shoreditch House hotel in London was opened in 2007. It is located on the upper floors of a former factory. The history of this building predetermined the industrial style of the interior, filled with vintage furniture. To complete the atmosphere in the hotel, it is forbidden to use mobile phones and cameras!
Retro style is a celebration of furniture design from the 50s and 60s of the last century. Teak furniture and the famous coffee table are icons of the 50s. Eames plastic chairs also gained popularity in the 50s and are still used in the interior today. This style was inspired by the decorators of the Ibis Style hotel chain, working on the interior of a hotel in the French city of Perret.
Vintage translated from English means “aged”, the second meaning of this word is “wine of the highest quality”. The same is with vintage furniture: it is good not only for its long-term “aging” but also has become a timeless classic, distinguished by its high quality. In principle, an interior in the style of shabby chic or retro can also be called vintage, provided, of course, that it contains at least a couple of real vintage pieces of furniture or decor that are of a certain value and reflect the fashion and fashion of their time. Persian rugs, an old Louis Vuitton suitcase and antique tomes will be a great decoration for a vintage interior. Examples of the successful use of vintage elements in modern style will take a long way to the Bowery Hotel in New York.
Photo by Iván Rivero.