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Boutique Hotels: How to Make the Most of a Small Hospitality Space

Diana Szpytma 1 October 2018
Boutique Hotels: How to Make the Most of a Small Hospitality Space

Many of the world’s hotels boast huge grounds, spacious rooms, gardens and extravagant
lobbies. Whilst the sheer size can wow customers, it is important not to overlook the charm and
intricacy of boutique hotels – with these offering an entirely unique customer experience and
simulating a cosy and personal ambience.

However, boutique hotel owners are faced with additional challenges, making small spaces work for commercial hospitality purposes whilst maximising value for the customer.

Not only must they work with smaller rooms, but they also need to consider how to maintain style and contemporary interiors – this often requiring bespoke furniture pieces and cutting edge designs.

In order to achieve this, boutique hotel owners must be smart with the rooms – strategically using space their advantage in order to generate a seamless customer journey.

These are some of the best ways to use interiors in boutique hotels.  When dealing with small guest rooms, it is important to use the space efficiently in order to ensure a comfortable stay.

This might mean that rooms are unable to accomodate standardised hotel furniture, such as bulky double beds, storage draws, seating and bathroom fittings, creating a need for individualistic pieces that are suited for small areas.

This creates a need for furnishing items that serve multiple purposes – perhaps acting as both a bed and a storage area in order to utilise space effectively.   In edition, elevated beds can create the illusion of more
space as the area below the bed can then be used for additional purposes, such as seating,
desk space or mini bars.

This can also create a more exciting experience for guests, offering a more unusual and enticing sleeping space to what they are used to at home.

Consequently,  boutique hotels should look for furnishing specialists that can devise bespoke pieces specifically
for their rooms as they will be able help maximise the use of the space as well as providing
furniture solutions that look stylish.

Small rooms are also affected by colour palette and boutique hotels should be conscious not to
create a cramped look by using dark paint and heavy colours. Using light tones to paint the
walls can really open up a space and will create the illusion of a bigger room.

Pops of colour can then be added with bright upholstered furnishings located in the centre of a room, adding further
dimension to the space. Moreover, dark colours should be kept away from the windows as
these can absorb light and weigh the room down. Instead, light and airy fabrics should be gently
draped around the windows to maximise light and flow seamlessly with the pale walls.

Decorative items can also be used strategically in order to make a small room appear bigger. In
particular, mirrors are a great way elongate a room, making it appear lighter and larger. The
placement of the mirror is key – putting it above the bed can make it appear as though another
space it tucked behind; alternatively, placing the mirror opposite a window is ideal for reflecting
light, again making the room feel airy, light and spacious. Additionally, employing translucent
furnishing items, such as a coffee table or shelving, allows the light to pass through, creating the
feel of a bigger space.

Using a few tips and tricks can really accentuate the amazing qualities of boutique hotels and
this is why they continue to be a popular choice for customers across the globe.
About the author, Liam O’Donnell:

Liam O’Donnell is the director of Valdivian Furniture, a British furniture manufacturer that
specialises in bespoke, hand crafted contract furniture. Liam has deep rooted personal interest
in environmental issues and over 16 years of experience in manufacturing furniture. He is a
highly experienced wood machinist and specialist joiner which translates into the company’s
meticulous and careful approach to furniture production. Find out more at: