Adding 'Ahhh' With Artwork and Accessories - No Detail is Too Small
By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | May 06, 2010
Selecting and arranging items in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions – or both; that's how designers and owners use FF&E to enhance the guest experience – and among the important tools available to them are artwork and accessories. While furniture, carpeting, and wall color set a certain tone, it is little things that add the final defining touches. They can change routine "atmosphere" into distinctive "ambience."
Hotel design is meant to reflect not only the way we live, but as importantly the way we aspire to live. That's why even economy brands are upscaling – after all, inexpensive doesn't have to mean uninteresting.
Each environment has unique challenges, notably available space, hotel theme, owner's taste, and budget. However, with skill and imagination, you can use artwork and accessories to help your guests transform their hotel stay from predictability and conformity into one filled with memorable "ahhh" moments.
And yes, it is possible to balance design innovation with brand consistency – consider it thinking outside the box while thinking "inside the brand."
In fact, art and accessories are a relatively easy and inexpensive way to update the look of your property when it's not financially feasible to do a more complete renovation. You can retain the majority of your furnishings, yet go from "flat" to "fabulous" simply by adding some new artwork and accessories.
Here are some suggestions.