As the first stage in end-to-end procurement, interior design is where the birth of a hotel’s entire personality and ambiance takes place. The design scheme is vital, since even if a property’s operations are excellent, guests won’t want to stay if it’s an eyesore.

Partnering with an experienced design team is the key to creating a beautiful, functional hotel environment that guarantees guest comfort.

Hotel Design Definition

It is sometimes thought that hotel designers are just glorified decorators, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hospitality designers apply their knowledge of brand standards, operational requirements, and product quality and maintenance when preparing a design scheme for your hotel.

Hotel design involves more than the careful consideration of product color, fabric, and finish selections. There should also be a focus on the functionality of your space with detailed programming from a designer that has a deep understanding of hotel operations. Functionality, such as how accessible an area will be for a housekeeper to clean, is crucial to creating effective designs.

What Hotel Design Includes

The design process begins with the programming of your space, verifying that the architecture plans consider proper function. Designers take their understanding of the areas and functionality and create furniture and finish documents so that every piece in your hotel is not only visually appealing but practical for operations and meets minimum technical standards.

Once you and your brand approve the design scheme, your designers communicate closely with all of the different project partners such as the general contractor, architect, and lighting consultants to guarantee everything is coordinated and adequately documented. When you work with a hotel design team, you’re getting both interior design services and project management, as well.

Want more details on the services included in hotel design? Check out our six-step process!

Things to Consider About Hotel Design

1. Start with the Basics First

Before you can start considering the design of your property, you will need to make sure your expectations and design direction are clearly explained and understood. Check that your designer has experience in the hospitality industry as well as good examples of past projects they’ve worked on. There are also critical hotel elements that will affect your hotel’s entire aesthetic that you must address first. For example, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the design is if you have harsh fluorescent lighting, as it will make any design selection appear unflattering. If your project requires extensive space planning, be sure that the fundamental aspects and layouts of your property meet your expectations before moving onto the decorative features in your hotel.

2. Be Clear About What You Want

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s important to speak up if you aren’t fully satisfied with a design presentation. The more details you provide about your likes and dislikes, the better your design team can serve you in creating an atmosphere that matches your vision. A hotel interior designer’s primary purpose is to confirm that their schemes fit within your expectations, so don’t be afraid to give direction.

3. Don’t Hold Anything Back

For a design team to make proper selections for your hotel, they will need to know details about your project specifications, budget, and schedule. Without this information, designers won’t be able to ensure that their scheme meets the requirements for your property. Communicate the project specs as early as possible so the design team can begin their process while making sure they stay true to your priorities and needs.

Far more goes into hotel interior design than just creating a charming atmosphere. Our in-house design studio considers all the essential components when planning your property’s design. If you’re ready to incorporate design-driven purchasing® into your next hotel renovation or new construction, contact Innvision Hospitality or Innvision Design Studio today!