Decorating a hotel room can be a complicated affair. In essence it’s a bedroom, but it’s not part of a family home and as such it is not personal so it shouldn’t really be personalised. The first part of the design process is to decide on an overall style, and here you need to look to your target market: who are your guests and what would they expect for the price they are paying? In this article we’ll take a look at one simple way to change the style of a guest room, to make it more contemporary with a clean business-like feel. This would make it appealing for the business market, but also for young couple on a weekend break. The aim is to provide a warm welcome, but not to the extent of feeling cosy. Cosy isn’t business like or contemporary.
Curtains and the use of heavy-patterned fabrics are among the central elements of a cosy look. Of course there’s always a place for cosy, but not always in a business-oriented hotel.
Blinds provide a quick and cost-effective means to change a room from cosy to clean, sharp lines. They can be bought in a variety of modern, opaque colours, which avoid the cosy feel of patterned fabrics.
Different Types of Blinds: Advantages and Disadvantages
Roller blinds are the most widely used type of blinds. The fittings are simple and cheap to install compared to curtains, and colours can still be used to match or contrast with bedding and furnishings. Roller blinds also offer flexibility, in that they can be used to provide shade without being fully closed. Their main appeal, though, is that they feel homely and yet still contemporary.
Vertical blinds are increasingly popular. They give a modern feel, but they are also somewhat associated with their use in office space and as such can give a feel of cold efficiency to a room.
Roman blinds are made from a single piece of fabric that folds itself as it is raised. They certainly avoid any appearance of coldness, but they do need washing from time to time, whereas roller and vertical blinds do not.
Venetian blinds are very popular, but tend to generally be used in kitchens and bathrooms.
Pleated blinds are similar to Venetian, but instead of being made of individual slats they are made from a single piece those folds in pleats as the blinds are raised.
Fire Retardant Regulations: Whichever blinds you choose if they are to be fitted in a hotel then they must conform to fire safety regulations. The relevant standard here is: BS5867 part 2 type B. When you shop for your blinds make sure they are identified as meeting this standard.