Fashion Week recently took place and I felt inspired to take a closer look at how design and fashion intersect this year. Around the world, styles spotlighted on the runway are translated into hotel interior designs—maybe not literally, but the nuances certainly are visible and effective. Wearing certain clothes just makes you feel good; if you feel the same way when walking into a hotel, the décor did its job.
I pulled five trends from Fashion Week 2015 that also are pervasive in hotel spaces.
Hotel photo: Sense Hotel Sofia
New designs will incorporate organic materials like hardwood flooring to organic cotton. Adding eco-friendly products and using materials made of natural fibers brings an added element of textured detail to floors, tables and bedding. These small details make a room go from expected to extraordinary.
2. Long lines
Hotel photo: Sense Hotel Sofia
Lines are an essential building block in our visual vocabulary. Combined with shapes, color, value, texture and form, they give us a visual grammar that we can use to communicate and define our spaces. Something as simple as a line can have an endless combination or variety that conveys different meanings, concepts and themes.
3. Minimalism of the 90s
Hotel photo: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa in Torres del Paine, Chile
Minimalism has evolved throughout fashion and design in general. As fashions change over time, each new style is influenced by those that came before it. This year, modern designs incorporate traditional materials, shapes and ideas with fresh, natural colors. The trend of functional, elemental minimalism and repurposing what was once old to be new shines through even in the most luxurious of spaces.
Hotel photo: Wiesergut Hotel
Clean, natural, solid color paints combined with electric, personalized patterns and textures will be predominantly seen throughout design spaces. Putting colors found in nature, soft pastels, neutrals or classic colors allows for a clean, bright and open space. Customized décor can be personalized to fit almost any style with a neutral backdrop.
Hotel photo: London townhouse dining room decorated by Rob Southern (red) and Harlequin Wallpaper (blue)
The Pantone color of 2015 is Marsala. This color is rich, warm, natural and pleasant. Marsala is ideal for comfortable and cozy designs. The modern color is elegant and sophisticated. Modern furnishings and wall designs in this color look impressive and go well with many other neutral colors.
Some other popular colors gracing the runways for fall/winter have been saturated chartreuse, rich olive, deep teal and romantic reds. Although many of the styles harken back to the minimalism of the 90s, many designs also carried with them a timeless elegance.
An expert in the hospitality industry, Amy brings demonstrated leadership and an extensive background to the Puccini Group team. A graduate of New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Amy is NCIDQ certified and a licensed designer in New York and in Nevada. She is an active member of many professional organizations, including the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Additionally, Amy recently served as President of the New York Chapter of NEWH and sits on the NCD 2015 International Advisory Board for the Guri World Design Center in Korea.
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