Changes are coming. But aren’t they always? 2018 we’ll see nature and technology collide. As we continue to use tech for work and play, the hotel guest is leaning green, sustainable and minimalistic to balance themselves out. This is affecting not only the design of the hotel room but the furniture and communal spaces as well. Here’s our list of the top three trends for hotel design in 2018.

 

Get ready for curves

Where in the last decade we saw angular and masculine in furniture design, this year we’ll see curvy and womb-like.  As the muscular industrial look begins to fade, softer edges and fabrics will be used to create minimalistic and elegant feels and spaces.

 

Bringing nature indoors

Now there’s a name for this: Biophilic Design. It’s all about using design to make connections to nature in our interior and outdoor spaces. We’ll be seeing hotel lobbies adding plants and water – like waterfalls and ponds – to encourage people to use these spaces more often. It seems that weaving nature into communal spaces improves guest experience and retention.

 

Connections, Connections

People and devices are inseparable. So it makes sense to design connections into every nook and cranny of the hotel and hotel room, hidden and overt. Starting with multiple places to charge devices to app’s that help create personal relationships between the hotel brand and its guest. Let’s not forget that a super-fast wifi connection is a big motivator for business and leisure travelers. Guests want to be a click away from family, friends, and work. And the only way to guarantee that is to design specifically for it.

 

Those are our top three but like we said – change is always around the corner. These are exciting times in the industry and we expect that while these location-wide changes are great, what’s coming to guestrooms is even more culturally disrupting. Over the next few months, we’ll be exploring these changes and bringing it to you here. Thank you for reading – and don’t forget to share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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