Boutique hotel design has been a strong influence on residential interiors for the last decade or so, and the style filters down to the high street in the same way as haute couture fashion detailing reaches the mass market. The ubiquitous 'neutral' interior design schemes which have dominated our interiors are becoming over-used and interiors are becoming over-neutralised.
Leading the way again, boutique hotels are offering an eclectic mix of styles to suit all tastes, but the key to any contemporary scheme is that in any minimalist interior, every product has vital importance, and the finish or design must be exquisite. The above images are from the trend defining Missoni Hotel, Edinburgh - http://www.hotelmissoni.com/ where fresh colours and pattern are used to create a striking interior.
The merging of fashion design and interiors continues, with the opening of Maison Moschino, which offers an intriguing assault on the senses, playing with scale and proportion to challenge and surprise its guests. Usng an elegant take on the Alice in Wonderland theme, the design balances the fairytale style with a trendy modern twist. See http://www.maisonmoschino.com/ for further details.
The recent opening of the Armani Hotel in Dubai shows how to work with a restricted colour palette of greys and browns, when sumputuous fabrics and exquisite cabinetry are used. The signature elegant Armani style is effortless and translates well on the international hotel scene.