5 Design Tips From Hotels to Transform Your Home

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Hotel room at Aloft

I love to travel -- maybe it is because I grew up in a military family where we moved all the time.

For me the trip starts as soon as the ticket is booked or the route is mapped. I start researching the places which might be of interest. I ask for suggestions from friends via social media. However, my favorite part is searching for interesting places to stay. 

Over the past several years, the larger hotel groups have started off-shoots from their major brand; Aloft Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Element Hotel and Holiday Inn Express just to name a few. It seems that they have created these to compete with the smaller, upscale boutique hotels.  

These new brands are delivering a very similar modern, often urban-inspired design with special attention to the guest experience, but at more affordable prices.  I find these rooms filled with great take home ideas. Here are a few of the most memorable: 

Courtyard's wallpaper wall

Wallpapering one wall can create a great focal point in a room. A great tip in small spaces, like most hotel rooms, is to enhance the visual height. 

In this instance at the Courtyard by Marriott, wallpaper was used to accentuate the headboard wall and as a way to tie the room palette together. Sconces free up the table top space.  

Monochromatic palette at the Element

Using a monochromatic color palette, the Element Hotel by the Starwood Group created a sophisticated mood.  You can do the same in your space.  I love the way every inch counts -- from the corner sectional and built-in cabinet to the ottomans (which can be used as additional seating). 

The space is designed for maximal appeal and function. The pendant light helps set more of a homey feel. 

Headboard inspiration from Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express created a dramatic effect using an oversized headboard.  This  idea would be great  in any bedroom.  The use of swing arm lights is functional and in this case adds a whimsical touch. 

Placing a small table between the beds provides function and an opportunity to add a touch of color with a table lamp.

Here are 5 tips that will help you get that hotel inspired look:

  • Keep clutter to a minimum. 
  • Utilize a fun and unexpected color palette.
  • Layer your window treatments – hotels use black-out fabric then layer a drape or sheer in front.  You can do the same, or try sheers under your drapes to create a layered look.
  • Keep bedding to solid neutral colors and add accents with pillows and a throw.
  • Use oversized and dramatic artwork as seen in the top photo from Aloft Hotel.

Images courtesty of Aloft Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Element Hotel and Holiday Inn Express respectively. 


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  • Thanks for the five design tips. Taking notes from hotels doesn't seem like a bad idea. Great post.

  • I really like your nice blog! Hope to get more exciting here.  I  am looking forward to future post and I'll keep coming back to follow your site.

  • Thanks for the stopping by and leaving comments.  I hope you'll continue to stop by and leave more comments.

  • It is pretty nice seeing how something as simple as wallpaper can transform a room. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Lazaboy,

    Thanks for you comment.   We're striving to provide cool ideas and inspiration.

5 Design Tips From Hotels to Transform Your Home