With UK Staycations set to rise further in 2022 and 2023, Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director at Industville Ltd, gives her expert advice on how to get your business guest-ready.
Whether you’re running a hotel, B&B or a holiday rental, the interior design is vital in shaping the guest’s opinion of their stay, as Marketa explains “Interior design in the hospitality industry is of vital importance when it comes to creating a positive experience for your guests, your staff, and anyone else who steps foot into your establishment.”
The bedroom is arguably the most important room as it is the main base for the duration of a guest’s stay. Marketa suggests “Regardless of your budget, it’s always best to think quality over quantity when it comes to the bedroom décor. Do your research and invest in quality lighting. The material the lights are made from makes a big difference, so avoid plastic finishes as these will devalue the whole look of the interior.”
“To accomplish a warm, welcoming room, you need to embrace the whole range of lighting sources available” advises Marketa. “This may include, pendant lights, recessed lights, chandeliers, track lighting, tall floor lamps, small table lamps, wall sconces, under cabinet lighting, and other spot lighting. I always advise customers to vary the lighting in a bedroom to create little pockets and pools of light” adds Marketa.
“Consider task lighting such as placing pendants or wall lights either side of the bed. This will provide ideal lighting for late night reading as well as a bold style statement that removes the need for clunky lamps that take up valuable space on the bedside table. Accent lighting can then be used to highlight a piece of artwork, plants or architectural features in the bedroom” reveals Marketa.
“Bathrooms tend to be bright and clean, so ensuring that there is enough task lighting overhead is of integral importance. Then, you will need to focus on creating a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere that people will be able to enjoy, whether they’re indulging in a long hot bath or pampering themselves ahead of a big night out! The flexibility to transition from day-to-day tasks to evening detox is vital, and something you will need to consider before you begin to implement bathroom lighting” adds Marketa.
Marketa’s Bathroom Lighting Tips
- Large scale light fixtures offer a bold statement when mounted overhead. This provides the general lighting for the room and should be placed as high as possible. If possible, ensure overhead lighting clears the top of the mirror to put it in perspective. This will also help prevent glares and reduce unflattering shadows.
- Wall sconces or hanging pendants mounted on both sides of the mirror are ideal because they distribute light equally on both sides of the face when a guest looks in the mirror without casting harsh shadows.
- Adding dimming controls gives guests a more unique experience to meet their needs with ease.
- Choose handcrafted, high-quality fixtures that will bring an extra touch of luxury and add some texture to the space too. Try choosing copper or pewter designs to create a relaxed, cosy environment, or glass for a brighter, luxurious look. Brass designs work really well with dark bathrooms, which have become very popular recently as the brass really stands out against dark tiles or paintwork.