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How Hotels Use Interior Design To Relax You

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How Hotels Use Interior Design To Relax You

When it comes to hotel interior design, everything is preconceived. Almost every piece of furniture, light fixture, color scheme, and finishing touch was chose for a distinct purpose. The majority of the time, that purpose is to help you relax.

The following article will help shed some light on how this is done. It takes a variety of techniques to set the relaxation stage, but if done properly, guests can find their hotel a stress-free environment.


One of the first ways in which relaxation can be accomplished is through various lighting. The problem with getting the lighting just right for relaxation is that each individual has their own preference. Some guests may relax best when being bathed in light while others prefer a dim, cooling effect to reduce stress.

Keeping this in mind, you’ll notice that most hotels have multiple light sources. This allows guests to adjust the amount of light, whether it be natural or artificial, to their liking. Recessed lighting overhead is the most common form of artificial light in a hotel room. The recessed lighting provides plenty of overhead light without the clutter of hanging lights or standing lamps. We’ll get into decluttering later. Hotels will also include a few bedside lamps along with a dimmer switch to provide the perfect amount of light for any situation.

Natural light is an ideal way to create relaxation. There really is no substitute for artificial light. In addition to a great light source, natural lighting usually means there is a nice view of the outside. However, this also needs to be adjustable which often means including floor to ceiling drapes. The drapes themselves serve multiple purposes including light adjuster, privacy creator, and aesthetics.


As mentioned previously, a view to the outside world is a great way to help guests relax. It is rare for a guest to want to be cooped up in a windowless room for their entire stay. To take this view one step further, hotels will design with the outdoors in mind.

Hotels are typically pristine keepers of their outdoor landscaping because it can affect a guest’s mood. Dead grass or overgrown shrubbery are eyesores that can place someone in a negative mood. Creating a connection to the outdoors within a hotel also allows for fresh air. If the outside air isn’t so fresh, for example if your hotel is located in a city, then live plants in the interior can make a big difference. Living plants help with air purification and create a more natural looking interior.


You don’t have to run a five-star hotel in order to create a sense of luxury. Guests will appreciate the luxurious sense of appeal in an interior design. It gives them the sense that they are being treated like luxurious individuals. This is all created by the interior design choices that are made from the flooring, to the walls, to the artwork, and even the front desk.

It’s All in the Details

The slightest of touches can make a lasting impact on interior design. For example, the artwork on the walls should be chosen because they elicit a certain emotion. In a guest’s bedroom, you may want to choose soothing or relaxing artwork. Think of ocean waves and tranquil colors to get a sense of what artwork should be used.

Details such as the color paint of the walls and the style of countertops can also make a difference in creating a relaxing or non-relaxing atmosphere.


Finally, to create a relaxing hotel atmosphere, the amount of clutter needs to be at a minimum. Uncluttered spaces have a natural calming effect as well as making an area seem more spacious. This is why using a lot of free standing lamps as the main source of lighting is a bad idea. It just adds more clutter to the room while eliminating open space.

Notice how most hotel bathrooms today have over sized counters with very little actually placed on them. This lack of clutter is a huge help to relaxation efforts. Chances are your guest will clutter the room themselves; there is no need for you to do this beforehand. Without enough room to spread out, it can be difficult for a guest to relax.

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