While they aren’t as memorable as the lobby or guest rooms, hotel corridors see a lot of foot traffic and are some of the most frequently revisited spaces in any property.
We spoke with a few Innvision Design Studio designers to find out what’s new in hotel corridors design. These trends help revitalize long, winding corridors and create a walk your guests will remember.
Floored by Design
Keeping the acoustics in mind, carpet has always been a staple in corridors, but that doesn’t mean hallway flooring is stuck in the past. Small-scale designs are being replaced with large, asymmetrical shapes. Patterned carpet with a marbling effect is a popular option to deliver this flooring experience.
In the past, broadloom carpet was a popular choice for corridors, but we’re seeing a switch towards carpet tile instead. Not only do carpet tiles provide durability and replacement benefits, but they also allow for more design flexibility. Tiles are easier to mix colors, patterns and textures to achieve a unique layout.
Find Your Own Way
Wayfinding is a critical element of a well-functioning hotel corridor, with clear signage that’s easy for guests to understand. While simple language is essential for directional signs, there’s plenty of room for interesting design.
Instead of sticking with the usual metal signage, hoteliers are implementing unconventional materials such as wood or resin glass that match and complement other surfaces throughout the property. Using multiple color tones or laser cutout patterns to create a layering effect on the sign is another fun way to add character. Advancing technology has had its own unique impact on signage design. Some hotels are utilizing LED lighting behind corridor signs to illuminate the room numbers or emit a glow from behind the plate.
Signage isn’t the only thing to consider when helping guests navigate your hallways. One smart technique to assist in wayfinding is to use design to differentiate each level of your hotel. For example, if a guest were to exit the elevator and see a specific art piece, they might use that as a marker to immediately discern if they’re on the right floor or not.
Knock On Wood
Flat panel doors that lay flush against the wall may do their job, but they aren’t particularly interesting. The classic hotel doorway silhouette has been upgraded to an entrance with door drops that feature molding and contrasting paint colors. Guest room entrances are also becoming more tech-friendly, with some hotels allowing a mobile key entry option for guests to access rooms via smartphone.
If These Walls Could Talk
Hotel hallways see a lot of traffic, which means the corridor walls are particularly susceptible to damage. You’ll want to select a durable, textured wallcovering that can withstand bumps, nicks and other disturbances that occur over time.
In terms of design, well-placed artwork offers a pleasant disruption to the monotony of lengthy hallways. For hotels with a modern brand identity, graphic decals with a word or phrase supporting the property’s design concept may be added to choice areas, such as turns in the hallways.
While durability, acoustics, and easy navigation are vital to keeping your corridors properly functioning, paying special attention to the design of your hallways makes a big difference in your guest experience.
Are you building a new hotel or renovating your property? Innvision Hospitality is a leading provider of FF&E procurement, interior design, and installation services for owners and developers nationwide. If you have any questions about hospitality design for corridors or you’d like to learn more about partnering with Innvision, please contact us today!