I know I’m always harping about the importance of proper lighting in a design plan. My recent stay in this almost perfect New York hotel makes explaining why so much easier. The visuals are key here!
|The hotel is tall enough to offer great views of the city.
| The channel tufted headboard is dressed in wool,
and the leather bolster adds a needed pop of color.
|Beautiful woods mixed with chrome add richness and sparkle,
while the mirror multiplies the appearance of daylight.
|Behind the doors, a recessed closet makes great use of a small space.|
|The illusion of sliding doors repeats down the hallway.|
|It leads into this marble and glass bath with wood accents,and a fab commode from Toto.
Believe me when I tell you none of this was cheap!
|They paid attention to details and branding.|
|They even added their monogram to the linens.|
|The artwork behind the commode is etched in glass and beautifully lit.|
|Jaundice, party of one!
Look at the art. Now look back at the mirror.
|Before I flipped the switch,|
I have no idea what I looked like when I left my room at night. I’m sure it wasn’t good. From where I stood, it all looked like a muddled mess.
There is a simple, inexpensive fix for this problem: a proper light fixture over the mirror! I realize it’s costs a lot of money when you have a few hundred rooms, but in Hotel Land it’s the little things that keep customers and the little things that drive them away. Do I need zebra lined robes or good lighting? I think you know my answer!
When designing a room, plan out all the elements before you start buying. Trim your budget in one or two areas to make room for lighting, if needed. You can purchase the most beautiful materials and finishes in the world, but if your lighting is an afterthought you’ll have a muddled mess too!