10 Common Sense Ideas to Create Uncommon Impact at Your Property
By Kalen Willis Senior Interior Designer, Hatchett Hospitality | October 23, 2011
Today's economic environment calls for an FF&E strategy that carefully blends common sense and financial sense. Here are 10 tips to make your property stand out from the competition in practical, yet cost-effective ways.
Capture the Style & Spirit of Your Site
Whether it's for business or for leisure, travelers are away from home and that is always a little disorienting. Your design choices can help create a soothing "sense of belonging" for your guests – which will almost certainly make their trip more productive and more memorable, thereby increasing their chance of returning and of recommending your property to others.
Examples of accenting your location and reflecting local culture include:
- With architectural design and finishing materials – rough stone and exposed timber for a rugged look in mountain or desert locations; polished marble and dark woods for a "board room" or "country club" look
- With paintings, wall hangings, and sculpture that bring the character of your community inside
- With colors – reds and yellows are warm colors, desirable in destinations that are "hot" in temperature or in action such as a gaming resort, while cool colors such as blues and greens are suitable for business locations and sites designed for relaxation
- With fabrics – light weight and smooth texture for bed coverings, window treatments, and wall coverings typically convey a more relaxing, luxurious atmosphere than fabrics that are heavy in weight and rough in texture
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