The Growing Role of Accessories in Hotel FF&E
By Amy Locke Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality | September 2011
Our travel choices are shaped by today's lifestyles, fashions, and economy. At home, we're used to upscale amenities and technological conveniences - and we don't want to give them up when we're on the road.
That's why today, there's more to hotel design than just coordinating wall colors and furniture. The goal of every hotelier and interior designer is to create space which is practical yet appealing ... intimate yet dramatic ... elegant yet everyday.
Art and accessories have become increasingly important ways to combine a look that's "uptown" with a feel that's "down home." In the past, these items may have been overlooked or just an after thought - but now they are necessities used to add personality to a property and to enhance its appeal with travelers.
Just as the right belt or piece of jewelry can "make" a clothing outfit, the right accessories are the little touches that can finish space, "make" your hotel, and put you ahead of the competition. In short, accessories can enhance both a hotel's environment and its bottom line.
So exactly how does the FF&E process bring accessories to life?
First, a designer should learn a hotelier's tastes, timeline, and budget. Then those objectives are translated into comprehensive design sketches which are the foundation for an overall purchasing, delivery, and installation plan.