Color and Pattern through Hospitality Design
No one really knows why they enjoy the things that they do. We are drawn to particular objects and places and rarely stop to consider what’s behind that pull. Our surrounding environments and the elements within them can dramatically affect moods and feelings, but just what is it about them that prompts action or influences our emotions? In the creative realm, interior designers are aware of the power behind three essential design elements: color, texture and pattern. Interior designers use these elements intentionally in varied ways throughout every space, always keeping the concept and goals of the project in mind, and these three components are often largely responsible for a person’s gut reaction when stepping into a room.
This is perhaps the most important element for interior designers and architects. When Mexican Architect Miguel Angel Aragones designed Hotel Encanto in Acapulco, Mexico, he took the beautiful Mexican sunset as his inspiration for the color palettes of the public spaces. The suites within the building provide a direct user experience as well. “The chromatic variability was designed with colors that harmonize with the hotel; [guests] can give a color to the interior of the room” explains architect Aragones. Guests enjoy dramatic ocean views during the day while having the ability to adjust their guest suite interior lighting color at night.
This is another key element in interior design, and it can be used dramatically. Starting with a simple palette of black and white, rooms can be enlivened with check and striped patterns, along with furniture and accent walls of bold, bright colors. Equally striking are patterns used at the entrance of hotels.
Design-conscious travelers and tourists care about the appearance of a hotel as much as the amenities. Some will revel in the stark minimalism while others will prefer a bold statement. But whatever the style, each unique fusion of color with pattern and texture evokes a different mood or emotion, and attracts a different group of people. There is a never-ending array of colors, textures and patterns at our disposal, providing designers with a myriad of possibilities when designing a space.
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