Pictures speak a thousand words, especially in hospitality. In this modern age, hotel booking is mostly made online. Taking that into consideration, hoteliers who want to boost their establishment’s bookings should consider making their rooms look like something out of a magazine.

From switching to wall-to-wall carpeting to maximizing the use of fabrics, hotel rooms aiming to look worthy of a five-star rating should invest in interior design improvements. Doing so will not only make the rooms look new but will also improve guest ratings and revenue for the business.

Here are six practical ideas to get you started:

1.   Swap Patterned Linens for Solid-Colored Ones

In the past, many hotels utilized old-school patterned linens to give their rooms a luxurious feel. While that was probably effective back then, it may not work today considering the current trends in interior design.

Now, patterns are considered tacky and somewhat synthetic and flat. More guests are seeking comfort away from home, so it is best to give your hotel room a facelift starting with your bed linens.

Since these are mostly what potential guests see online, you should leverage the use of fabrics by swapping old, patterned linens with solid-hued blankets. White duvets should do the trick as they can make the room feel brighter while showcasing cleanliness. Other neutral colors are also fine, so long as they are made of high quality and made from natural fibers like down feathers and cotton.

2.   Go Neutral with Your Walls

Speaking of neutrals, whites, browns, and greys also work great in giving your walls a makeover. Soft yellows and contrasting accent walls are replaced by neutrals and pastels in the trends list. When used on the walls, these types of colors lend hotel rooms with a vibe that helps travelers feel rested the moment they step into the door. They also match well with modern furnishings and fixtures while maintaining that warm-yet-contemporary atmosphere that many guests crave.

In some cases, geometric wallpapers also lend a hotel room that contemporary vibe, especially ones made with symmetrical patterns with subdued colors and subtle contrasts. However, you must remember to avoid small patterns that have offsetting matches, especially if the person installing the wallpaper is new in the task.

3.   Highlight One Wall

One popular interior design trend entails highlighting a specific part of the room by using different colored paint or wallpaper on one side of the room. When deciding how to highlight a wall, pick a spot where you would place a key piece of furniture, like a bed or a sofa. Choosing wallpapers with metallic, mica, or gloss hints can also lend the space a more glamorous look.

4.   Pick the Best Beds Possible

Beds take center stage in almost every hotel room photograph posted online. In order to boost your hotel’s bookings, you should invest in top quality beds that will effectively represent the establishment with class, comfort, and luxury.

This means that you need to choose an excellent combination of a bed frame, mattress, sheets, pillows, and duvet. Beddings, like duvets and sheets, should have a 300 thread count to be considered high quality.

5.   Reconsider the Room’s Layout

One of the most effective and practical ways to enhance a hotel room’s interior design is to reconsider the layout. This should be based on the latest design trends to capture potential guests’ attention. The best part is, doing so will not cost the hotel anything.

Here’s a neat trick: Move chairs and sofas in a way that they don’t all lean against a single side of the room. If you want the room to have a suite-like vibe, you should also try putting a desk and chair adjacent to the window and place the sofa and bed across from each other.

6.   Don’t Forget Good Lighting

Lighting is crucial in interior design, especially in hotels. To make sure you maximize this powerful tool, make sure that the entire room is well-lit. You should also consider using accent lighting, like cove lights on the ceiling, to help create a relaxing mood.

Make Your Hotel Room Five-Star Worthy

Many hotels covet five-star ratings because they symbolize class, elegance, and level of authority in the hospitality industry. Try out these ideas to boost your hotel’s appeal to travelers and, possibly, gain enough popularity online that yields almost the same revenue as that of a five-star rating.


James Prathap is the General Manager at NGC Nafees, top importers and exporters of wallpapers, flooring and fabric in the Middle East. Formed three decades ago, the business also offers high-quality panoramics, coordinated fabrics, and creative stickers for residential and commercial projects.


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