Hospitality trends filter into residential interior design
With many of us spending more time at bars and restaurants with edgy design features such as LED lighting, commercial finishes and bifold doors, our home interiors are becoming influenced by what we see and increasingly reflect a hospitality vibe.
Restaurants and bars with larger budgets are today vying for a competitive edge when it comes to design with many design firms eager to accommodate the insatiable appetite for the latest hip look. People are walking into a venue and asking the proprietors where they can buy the stools or table and wanting to replicate certain design features such as exterior folding doors opening out onto an enclosed courtyard. Our homes are increasingly becoming a “showroom” to wow our guests rather than a simply a place to live and feel comfortable.
Indeed our living spaces are becoming more like restaurants or bars with large open spaces, free standing plinth type bars and architecturally designed large volume seating integrated into the interior. Furthermore, residential homes are employing tricks learnt from the hospitality trade such as dividing a large open room with sliding and folding door hardware which can be either opened when entertaining or closed to create smaller more intimate spaces. There is a huge selection of sliding doors from companies such as Brio and Centor to suit most interiors and budgets from sharp and modern to more rustic in appearance. Brio manufacture a huge range of quality folding doors and fittings that can be customized to suit individual needs. Brio uses predominately unpainted timber for door frames which is very in vogue at the moment, however they can also be painted if you wish. All the fittings such as roller hardware are all made from high quality stainless steel and will last for many years.
Lighting is also an area where trends from hospitality are filtering down. There has been a massive increase in the demand for replica designer lights as home owners search for ways to mimic what they see at their favourite bar. LED lighting effects used in bars such as concealed lights illuminating a ceiling or bar top to give a 3D look are also becoming popular as the costs continue to reduce.