One of the most memorable experiences of travellers and tourists alike are the carefully designed spaces they rest their heads in. A room can inspire tranquility, adventure, decadence, romance – you name it. It is the interior designers and interior architects mission to stir the emotions of hotel guests, and create deeper connections.
But where can designers find inspiration for their next project? We’ve put together quick tips list for you. Just in case you need to get over “designer block.”
1. Hospitality Design
One of the industries most respected trade magazines, HD is a good place to start. They will get you acquainted with the latest projects and the people behind them. With over 30 years of reporting and recognizing great work in hotel design, HD is part of every professional’s toolbox.
Editorial in feel, Dezeen is a beautifully curated collection of architecture and design. Their section on interiors is over-the-top full of small and big wonders. A good place to follow trends and seed your imagination with the passion projects of your peers.
This is a go-to place for any visual inspiration. The best thing about Pinterest is that you never know what you’re going to find. Do a casual search (try “hotel room design” to start) and you will be rewarded with photos and floorplans put together by people and pros who love design.
We humans have been designing things for a long time. The work of those before us can be a great way to spark new ideas. From the elaborate ornamentation of 1770’s Baroque to the straight lines and geometric shapes of 1920’s Art Deco, being there can bring some tactile and kinetic orientation. Get in a car, plane or train and visit places like the Wurzburg Residence (Wurzburg, Germany), The Duomo (Florence, Italy), and the Miami Beach Historic District (Miami Beach, FL USA) and see it in person.
Too obvious? The great outdoors never gets enough credit. Where else can you take copious notes on grandeur, peacefulness, or comfort? Many designers spend a lifetime trying to mimic what mother nature does so eloquently. Try the rock formations of Sedona, Arizona or the Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China. Go outside. You won’t regret it.
This is not an exhaustive list of interior design inspiration, but starting here will put any interior designer or architectural designer on the road to discovery. Whenever you feel empty of ideas you can use this list to get over that creative hump. Did we miss something from your list? Where do you go to jump start your creative mojo?