Hotel guestroom design, for the most part, just gets better. I love todayÃ¢€â„¢s carefully considered amenities, easy-to-use technology, clean lines and touches of whimsy. But bad design in some form will always be with us. I abhor clutter, poor lighting and lack of bathroom counter space. HereÃ¢€â„¢s a list of some current design yeahs and nays:
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Casters on furnishings. ItÃ¢€â„¢s great being able to maneuver a desk or table for work or better TV viewing.
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Padded headboards
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Flexible wall-mounted bedside lighting
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Big magnified makeup mirrors
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Roomy bathroom countertops
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Stainless steel coffee carafes (itÃ¢€â„¢s time to nix the fragile glass pots)
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Big button, easy-use clock radios
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Framed photography that conveys a sense of place
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Full length dressing area mirrors
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Bed scarves. Do they serve a purpose?
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Superfluous pillows and bolsters. Like the bed scarves, they usually end up on the floor.
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Silly graphics. WhatÃ¢€â„¢s with this trend towards cutesy contrived sayings such as "wash" "think" and "eat" "relax" (plastered on soap wrappers, pencils, food covers, pillows)?
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Mountains of promotional literature. Pamphlets and table tents spread around the room conveys cheap and cluttered.
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Dusty and dated silk flower arrangements
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Bulky armoires and tubby tube tvs
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Low-to-the-floor platform beds
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Pedestal bathroom sinksÃ¢€”pretty but pretty useless. No place to store oneÃ¢€â„¢s stuff.
Ã¢Ë†â€˜ Hair dryers hidden in storage bagsÃ¢€”I like mine mounted on the wall within easy view and reach.
Those are a few of my faves and pet peeves. What design elements do you applaud and/or boo?