How to furnish a hotel: strategic and management components

The choice of how to furnish a hotel becomes strategically important to have a hotel that stands out from competition. Let’s analyse two styles widely used in hotel furnishing that are in some ways positioned at the two ends of a pathway: minimal style and classic style.

One features neutral colours, simple geometric lines and a lack of decorative elements, while the other is instead full of detail, majestic and imposing by definition, and elegant at the same time.

Regardless of the choice you wish to adopt to furnish a hotel, it is important to have a clear idea of which colours, furniture and fabrics to use to give your guests a really unique experience that differs from what is possible in other hotels.

We have already talked about these styles in our previous article on How to furnish a hotel: 6 style proposals. We now propose a more in-depth comparison of the minimal style and the classic style, giving advice for you to follow on how to furnish a hotel in one of these two styles.

How to furnish a hotel in minimal style

The first step is to select a colour palette to suit the minimal style. The colours most used to furnish a hotel in minimal style are white and black, but also ivory, beige or light blue. Blocks of colour, such as red, can be used for contrast, but the key thing is not to make too much use of bright colours.

What other aspects should you consider to furnish a hotel in minimal style? The materials we recommend are glass, metals and also lacquered wood, all smooth and glossy, of course. In terms of fabrics, it is best to choose plain colours, and if you opt for prints, prefer geometric ones featuring repeated patterns with optical or two-colour themes. The goal is to work on the appearance, in order to create a more modern and sophisticated hotel.

The reception takes on great importance when guests arrive at the hotel, so it should have a minimalist but elegant style. For this reason, it is appropriate to create a reception which is simple but complete. In this context, it is important to work on the perceived dimensions: reduce the number of pieces of furniture to increase the perception of space, perhaps increasing the quality, functional quality included, of the chosen pieces. Lighting choices become fundamental in this regard: the light should be soft and generally warm, with no areas of contrast, ideally able to enhance empty spaces or otherwise spaces occupied by the most valuable pieces.

This style is perfectly suited to hotels located in large capitals or vibrant cities. It is great for furnishing business trip hotels as well as those used for long-term stays.

Minimal furnishing style for hotel bedrooms

A minimal style bedroom is a bedroom furnished simply but not without elegance. But how can we give the guest an unforgettable experience? By making sure maximum reduction in pieces of furniture still provides everything needed. Now, let’s look at the essential pieces.

In the bedroom entrance, there must necessarily be a guest luggage shelf for use on their arrival, perhaps together with a coat rack and handy mirror foruse onentry and exit from the room.

One absolutely must-have element is a chair; plays on contrast with the rest of the room can be also realised with the chair; e.g. a completely minimal room could feature a chair of non-geometric shape or in off-palette colours; this piece could be the only one in contrast with the soft colours and abstract shapes of the mood. A chair that is easily moveable, easy to renew, but able to transform the entire mood of the room.

The bed - the heart of the room - must be comfortable, with good quality but not over-intrusive mattresses and pillows. A good alternative for furnishing a hotel in minimal style could for example be a lower bed, Japanese style, to give the bedroom more air and space. The best advice for adding a touch of innovation to furnishing is to optimise the headboard; e.g. you can combine the headboard and the sides with a shelf on which to place lamps, a latest generation radio (able to connect devices via Bluetooth) and a USB socket for recharging smartphones once the guest has settled into the room.

How to furnish a hotel in classic style

It is not at all easy to furnish a hotel in perfect classic style. Often, with just a minor imprecision, you risk ruining all the work invested to obtain a style that gives a complete sense of luxury and elegance. So, what advice should you follow to furnish a hotel in classic style? Certainly, the first piece of advice is to make reference to architecture models and furniture of the past, but always seeking a balance, and with the awareness that even the smallest excess can be fatal. Having a sense of size is indeed fundamental for furnishing a hotel in classic style.

The cost factor must be taken into account for furnishing a hotel in classic style: when possible, it may be wise to choose antique furniture of utmost quality, and accessories with details in marble, granite, brass or glass. Alternatively it is good to always try to acquire quality reproductions, being careful not to fall into the “cinematographic fiction effect” with pieces of furniture that are obviously artefacts, which copy classic forms with clearly contemporary or even low quality materials and finishes.

The colour palette for classic furnishing has more extensive options than the minimal style; certainly, there is plenty of space for white, red, gold and silver.

Classic furnishing style for hotel bedrooms

In some cases, the classic style may not be appreciated by younger travellers, but for this reason too the trend of reinterpreting the antique style in a modern way was born, particularly for furnishing hotel bedrooms. Generally, a classic style hotel bedroom has wood furniture, worked by smoothing the edges and softening the most obvious geometric lines. Fabrics can aim at palettes focusing on burgundy, bronze or Pompeii red.

What aspects should you consider for furnishing a hotel bedroom in classic style? First of all, bedrooms must be welcoming, with the star player – the bed – in the centre of the room. Our advice is to choose a model which takes up much of the room, accompanied by pillows and sheets which should help make the room truly sumptuous.

An equally important role is also played by curtains and all elements of decoration and details, which tend to be less present in the minimal style. Leave room also for large mirrors with big gold-coloured frames, and a chandelier which - especially if crystal - will be a sort of “trademark” of the fact that the room is faithfully furnished in classic style.


Ultimately, furnishing a hotel room in classic style or minimal style is a question of taste and choice, but also of knowing your guests and the hotel’s location. Whatever decision you make, the important thing is to try and limit excesses and follow common sense and good taste: do not forget that travellers always show broad differences of taste, even for a perfectly targeted hotel, and that excesses are likely to excessively polarise the clientele, between those who love one concept and those who love another – in this case you are likely to obtain entrapment in the extremes, with the loss of those customers wanting more moderate experiences.

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