With a new generation of modern travelers emerging and a steady stream of hotel technology advancements, guest needs are always evolving. From design to amenities, it’s essential that you stay attentive to the latest hospitality trends to make sure that your property is relevant and functional.
Biophilia is Beloved
In the past few years, we’ve seen a considerable significance placed on creating spaces that connect guests with nature. Biophilia is far more than a trendy design feature; it’s here to stay and is often expected by guests. Some of the more popular methods for properties to incorporate biophilia is to include elements such as living green walls or cascading water features.
However, you can also achieve biophilia in a more subtle way. Material choices, furniture finishes, art selections, and maximizing natural daylight can capture the essence of biophilia and play a huge role in connecting your property and guests with the outdoors. For example, finishes with a more natural appearance such as live edge wood, unfinished wood tones, exposed concrete, brick, or other natural-looking textural stones deliver a strong connection to nature within an interior environment. A combination of honed and matte surfaces paired with sleek and polished elements give the desired naturalistic feel in an elusive, less rugged manner.
Upholstered seating can also aid in giving your hotel a natural feeling. Details of cane, wicker, and rattan have become increasingly popular for indoor use. These natural materials are being introduced in many contemporary furniture collections.
Natural daylight is often sparse inside a property but should be accentuated when you have the opportunity to do so. Strategically include windows into your building’s design to maximize lighting and add views of the scenery.
If you want to know what hues will play a role in future hospitality color schemes, look no further than Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral. On-trend tones are typically an evolution of past colors, as seen with Millennial Pink’s transition to the vibrant Living Coral. Though hospitality color palettes were once much softer, we’re seeing a shift towards hues that pack a little more punch. Trend forecaster WGSN predicts that ‘active pastels’ will follow Living Coral in 2020, with shades like Neo Mint and Cantaloupe gaining popularity.
It should come as no surprise that more and more guests view wellness as a top priority during travel. While having a well-equipped gym onsite is a must, there’s far more to wellness than just fitness centers. Today’s travelers expect wellness to be part of every aspect of their hotel stay.
Sometimes little touches can have a major impact on the guest experience. Hotels are incorporating wellness by offering mindful amenities, such as a water station with fruit infused water upon arrival in their lobby to encourage guests to hydrate. Some properties even provide premium guestrooms that promote upgraded air quality with little off-gassing.
Hotel design and procurement play a role in hospitality wellness, too. At its core, wellness is about creating an environment where guests can feel good, relax, and make choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Think about how you can elevate your design scheme and FF&E selections to connect travelers with self-care and well-being.
Privacy is a Priority
Though open, multi-use spaces in which guests can socialize and work together are on the rise in hotel public spaces, you must keep the design flexible enough to accommodate guest needs. With open layouts on the rise, a greater need for privacy has emerged. Guests also want the option to disconnect and rejuvenate, and it should be easy for them to find a place to do so at your property.
You’ll want to create zones within your lobby and other public spaces that give a sense of privacy. You can use architectural elements to help define areas more clearly. Half walls, millwork elements, screen features, flooring and ceiling finish changes, and acoustical panels that absorb sound are all great solutions for designing zones. Additionally, furniture elements can also present a separation. For instance, workpods are a useful element to provide guests with a private option to concentrate on a phone call or work task without distractions.
Our industry is always in motion. While keeping up with the latest hotel trends is a must, it’s important to note that not all trends are built to last. The best way to guarantee your property isn’t at risk of being out-of-date is to analyze which aspects are the most critical for your clientele and then choose design options that will stand the test of time.
Innvision Hospitality and Innvision Design Studio work together to keep your property current while making sure your hotel changes don’t go sour the next time a new trend arrives. Contact us today to create a timeless design that appeals to guests for now and the future.