Secrets of hotel design revealed: From budget to boutique, why rooms and receptions look the way they do

October 31, 2016

An interesting article on how thoughtful hotel design and psychology are combined. The considered use of furniture in each space is an important element, regardless of whether you have a motel, serviced apartment or luxury hotel and resort.


Courtesy of Daily Mail Online

  • Industry experts explain the tricks they use to keep guests happy

  • Shaun Clarkson from C4's Four Rooms explains the importance of colour

  • Jo Polmear from Lichfield-based Hunter Patel Creative Group reveals all 

  • She explains how lighting and fabric patterns alter perceptions of a room 


PUBLISHED: 17:23 +11:00, 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 05:47 +11:00, 14 October 2015



Tricks and illusions are normally associated with magicians. But you may be surprised to hear that hotels have a few up their sleeves, too - created by interior designers and architects.

They are used to make guests feel comfortable and secure, to make them linger in some places and not others, talk loudly in some areas and quietly elsewhere, to make sure they get a good night's rest and to make spaces feel bigger than they really are.


And the designers' ingenuity gets to work the moment you enter the lobby.

Here industry experts reveal how colour schemes, bed positioning, lighting, linen and fabric patterns are all cleverly designed to help you enjoy your visit – and come back for another.


The Lobby/reception area

1. Budget hotel reception