One of the biggest misconceptions about creative people is that they always wake up feeling compelled to create. The truth is that this skillset is often blocked by external pressures and an inability to concentrate due to their surroundings.
According to Pinterest trend researches, “+248% more people than last year have searched for “mindfulness” decor in the home decor category.” Which is telling that more and more people want their living environment (be it at home and while traveling) to be a place of serenity.
Mindfulness interior design was conceived as an approach to foster an environment that exudes calmness and allows for maximum productivity. However, in order to achieve this one must first understand true mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
3 Ways Mindfulness Interior Design Translates to The Hotel Guest Room
We spend about 1/3 of our life sleeping, so unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know how important sleep is to our overall health and well-being.
To ensure your guests receive their best sleep possible while traveling, try implementing these three mindfulness design techniques into your guest room:
- Neutral Tones
When you work in hospitality you’re responsible for catering to and anticipating your guests every want and need, and sometimes that causes an overabundance of things. Yes, we said it, it’s possible to have too much!
Bringing mindfulness into your hotel guest room means keeping things simple; giving guests no more than what they actually need.
For example, a workspace; rather than offering your typical hard surface desk, bright light, and structured chair, consider using a simple corner of the room with a comfortable chair and Circadian rhythm lighting. It’s all about the guest feeling comfortable, relaxed, and allowing them to be their best selves.
When you’re looking for colors to incorporate in your guest room what better place to look than nature. Hotel guest rooms colors should be tranquil and calming and aid your guests in relaxing after a long day of work or site-seeing.
Cooler hues such as gray, blue, green have been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety and will help create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom.
While the latest color trends show us also bold and bright colors, a neutral palette in soft hues no doubt is the most suitable to create a calm and peaceful retreat.
The reality is guests don’t often“unplug” due to FOMO (fear of missing out). We’ve fostered an expectation of having the convenience of the latest and greatest technology at our fingertips (the fast WiFi, ample (and accessible) charging stations, etc.); so much so, that in our current guest room design there is no such thing as too much technology.
With technology so readily accessible in everyday life, the one thing that trumps FOMO for today’s traveler is wellness - for their mind and body. Our brains can only take in so much; designing a mindful space that allows guests to detox is important - yes, that means no more binge-watching of Netflix for 8-hours.
Instead, consider offering a service that allows a guest to turn-in their device to be disinfected and charged and while they retreat for mindful journaling, coloring, or meditation in a designated “rejuvenation” area with essential oils and aromatherapy.
Hospitality Interior Design Trends Value Our Well-Being
Your guest room design should show you value guests' general comfort and well-being.
Investing in mindful interior design choices that provide ample space and amenities for personal betterment will ensure your hotel interior design is a success.