A lot of people with spacious homes long to bank on the beauty of their dwelling place by having it serve as a charming accommodation option for travelers.
Along with Airbnb, inns are rising to be ideal places to stay for both avid and casual tourists who want something smaller in scale and more intimate.
If you are seriously considering turning your own house into an inn, and you wish to add an extension function room, it is imperative to work with a highly experienced interior design and fit-out company. Without their professional input, the project can easily go awry, and the style and function you have in mind may never be achieved.
And speaking of the style and function that you want, it is crucial to approach those with a clear understanding of what truly works for extension rooms. For this, here are six design principles to guide you:
1. Establish consistency
This basically means that you should be mindful of the dominant design cues from the main house. This will create a nice flow of design, and the new extension room will still feel very much a part of the original structure.
2. Get more use out of the new space
Since the extension room will already be a huge investment for you in improving beauty and utility, determine the different ways that you can get the most use of out of it.
For example, consider how new fixtures can double as something else. Partitions can hold a pull-out space or wine rack. Window seats, meanwhile, can hold drawers for storing seasonal décor.
Doing this will make the extension room as purposeful as possible.
3. Add a few quirks
Unexpected styles and materials are often delightful implements for extension rooms. Just a little something unique can have a massive impact on the beauty and vibe of the room even when the design of the room is still consistent with the main home.
For instance, if your home has marble floors, using black and white floor tiles for the extension room can be a visually delightful change. It will be just as sophisticated but definitely more striking.
Another thing that you can do to make the room stand out is to add punches of strong color, such as painting a fixture or piece of furniture a bright hue like turquoise or coral. In a room that is mostly white and beige, such colors will surely catch the eye.
4. Create a more polished look by directing attention to the details
Moldings, trims, glass elements, enclosures, a fireplace, and even the hardware of certain fixtures deserve much attention. Always choose them carefully to further enhance the visual appeal of the place.
Big hotels do the same, and if you want your inn to compete with other long-established hospitality establishments, uphold this design principle.
5. Lighten up the room
Lighting is largely responsible for the ambiance in any given space. It has the ability to make a room bright and joyful, elegant, or relaxing and cozy. There are different kinds of lighting fixtures to consider and you should carefully think about where they should go.
And, do not forget about sources of natural light like your doors and windows. However, you must not just think about how much natural light they would allow to stream into the room. Think about their design as well to further enhance their aesthetic appeal.
6. Use color combinations to your great advantage
Interior designers always say that color is the element that always creates the biggest impact when it comes to design. If you use color wisely, you can make a room anything you want it to be.
Here’s the main principle of color to go with, when you have a favorite color palette that works, use it in abundance. Mix and match hues for furniture and décor.
Also, do not be afraid to implement your preferred color combination when painting your walls. Just be quite judicious to avoid any eye-straining effect especially if you love vibrant hues. Perhaps, just create a large focal wall that has the color combo and keep everything else neutral.
When you uphold these design principles, you get to create an extension room for your inn that will surely not be just an attractive destination for your guests but also a space they will enjoy and remember fondly.
Post by Shane Curran – CEO at Interact Group LLC
Interact Group is a design-led interior fit-out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company’s mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.