Designs ideas from hotels perfect for small spaces!

Designs ideas from hotels perfect for small spaces!


Small spaces can be a challenge to decorate, but that doesn’t mean they have to be. If you need some great inspiration, it’s time to log out of Pinterest and check into a hotel. Hotels rooms are some of the best examples of how small spaces can be beautiful, yet efficiently designed. Whether you are trying to decorate or build from the ground up, here are some concepts you can take away from three fabulous Southern California hotels.


Use A Bar Cart As A Nightstand

Bar carts have become so ubiquitous that you can buy them everywhere from Design Within Reach to Kmart. While they have become a trend in living room furniture, don’t necessarily limit them to that space. You can swap out a nightstand in your bedroom for a bar cart like they do at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in San Diego. While this isn’t giving anyone permission to drink first thing in the morning, it is a style choice worth toasting to.

Bar carts are also a fun addition to any studio apartment, where the bed might double as a sofa. Or skip the side table and use a bar cart instead. This can be a really efficient choice if you don’t have enough kitchen cabinet space for all of your bottles and accouterments like shakers and decanters.

Arrange the cart as if it were a regular table, keeping lamps, books, etc. on top. Then use the bottom shelf for bottles and glasses. Choose decorative wine and liquor like a pink bottle of Alacran Tequila or even a classic bright blue bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin.


Stealthy Turn A Studio Into A One Bedroom Without Construction

At the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California, all the rooms feel like suites because of a beautiful wood partition installed to divide the space just perfectly, while adding color and texture. This concept works particularly well in bright spaces with lots of windows. Install the partition where you would install a real wall. It will create the illusion of two separate spaces that flow well together.

Another way to achieve the same look is by installing pocket doors. You can paint them a bright color instead of the typical boring white. You can also cover them in wallpaper.

For something less permanent, choose a room divider or put a bookcase in between the spaces. Either way, make sure your divider physically separates while visually uniting the room to have one cohesive look or theme. At the Shorebreak, the theme is surfing.


Do What Makes You Happy

When designing a small space from the bottom up, there’s just one rule. Do what is best for you. A great example of this is the almost excessively large bathroom in every room at Willow Hotel and Spa at the Viejas Casino & Resort. With deep soaking tubs, separate showers and double sinks, it’s just like having a private spa in your room. That being said, the spa at the Willow is luxurious on an entirely different level.

So how do you have a large bathroom within the confines of a smaller space? You prioritize. The beautiful, but less exciting minibar and desk area are designed more efficiently.

Take this as a lesson when creating your own space. Think about your needs and wants. Splurge on what makes you happy and scrimp on what doesn’t.


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