One of the charming qualities of small or boutique hotels is how creative they get with design. Most boutique hotels play with innovative themes to be able to compete with bigger and longer-established chain hotels.
Fusion is one among several in-demand design concepts for such business establishments. This essentially means that different ideas are combined to create something new and more valuable. For example, an in-house laundromat is combined with a quaint cafe. Another is when artistic implements offer a unique function. These are fusion designs.
If you own a boutique hotel and you want to set your business apart, fusion design is one solution to consider. Here are a few different ways that you can implement this in your hotel:
1. Make room dividers decorative and transformable.
To create versatile rooms, try making use of intricately designed dividers that can be moved around easily to transform a room into a space with a different size, shape, and function.
Some people like to call this the origami concept, but in general, the idea is to opt for movable implements to instantly create rooms suitable for specific purposes.
2. Invest in multipurpose furniture.
Take a cue from Ikea’s space-saving furniture designs that allow for a single piece of furniture to serve more than just one purpose. For example, Ikea’s loft beds hold not just a bed, but also several shelves to store books and displays. Plus, they also create a mini office, study nook, and seating area.
These are perfect to use for hotel rooms for children or those who gravitate towards budget-friendly options.
3. Create artistic and multifunctional floors
Floors are not just something to step and walk on; they can be works of art and ingenuity as well. You have the option to use mosaic tiles or a decorative floor paint and finish to give character and extra function to your floors. With decorative floor paint, you can turn your floors, or even just a section of it, into a giant game board such as a Scrabble, chess, or Monopoly board.
You can also create underground secret storage space. Consider hiding a useful implement under an artistic creation on hotel room floors.
4. Use unexpected materials.
A former fashion editor decides to use baroque-style woven fabric originally used for upholstery and bags to cover the floors of her villa. Meanwhile, a Japanese inn chooses to use traditional Japanese handmade paper or washi as flooring.
These are just some examples of the ways that people implement the fusion concept for interior design. The use of unconventional materials can provide your hotel with a fresh appeal and create a unique experience for guests.
5. Think eco-responsibility.
Melding beauty, functionality, and environmental responsibility is the pinnacle of good fusion design. Thus, when making any type of improvement for the building, opt for materials that have those three characteristics.
Say, the surfaces of a hotel need some freshening up. Why not opt for industrial paints that may be fit to write on, and are also more durable, easy to clean, resistant to harmful particles, and/or perhaps have the ability to reduce air pollution?
6. Bring in the old and new.
One label that often falls under the broad umbrella of fusion design is nostalgic futurism. This is the strategic combination of traditional elements and modern styling and functions.
For instance, hotel rooms can have an old-world style. However, it is wired for the absolute comfort and convenience of guests. The old-fashioned glamorous bathrooms can have systems for automatic water heating and entertainment. Likewise, vintage armoires can open to reveal an elaborate home theater system.
Basically, at first glance, everything feels and looks classic, but underneath that is modern technology to effectively cater to the digital requirements of today’s hotel guests.
All in all, fusion design is a wonderful concept to explore for any business that wishes to set itself apart from the competition. For boutique hotels, it presents the opportunity to stretch creativity and delight their guests. It’s the perfect chance to marry traditional skills with modern technology and come up with new ideas to improve beauty and utility, and most importantly, open up to new clients.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.