There's a reason that tile has been an international designer favorite for over 5,000 years. Durable, dynamic and versatile, tile for hotel design delivers on many levels.
Tile has been a stunning decorative staple for millennia, and today it's still perfect for creating an attractive, invigorating or relaxing atmosphere. Tile makes a dominant or subtle statement that sets the tone and defines the personality of a space.
When it comes to a decorative finish in hotel design, tiles can add the kind of zest, luxury, and ambiance that catches guests' attention and draws them into lobbies or other areas. This review of some of the most beautiful hotel lobbies in the world shows that tile has an enduring and elevated place in hotel design.
Why tile is tailor-made for hotel lobbies
Tile may be rigid in form, but it's flexible in execution. It can adorn entire walls or add vitality to intimate spaces around the home, so hoteliers should capitalize on this on a grander scale. The hotel lobby is likely the first impression any guest will form of your establishment; they may even have to wait a while there. The right tile décor can make that a pleasant choice.
The versatility of tile design gives hoteliers the chance to make a truly striking and individual visual statement that sets their location apart. Guests want the sense of organic individuality that challenges rules and makes one space (and one hotel) distinct from another.
As the world becomes ever more globalized, it's wise to consider embracing the rich multi-cultural heritage that tiles can provide. The possibilities are quite limitless, so where to begin?
Sizzling (or subtle) ceramic
Ceramic is a tough and affordable option, immune to ultraviolet rays and highly resistant to fading (an important factor if you want the memory of your hotel to linger for your guests). A classic ceramic pattern is the "subway" style, so-called for the linear white rectangular brick pattern which first appeared in 1904 to brighten the darkness of the underground.
Every color in the spectrum is now available to be set in the subway style. Brightly colored tiles in reds, oranges or yellows can boost the mood of tired guests, while greens and blues will calm and soothe. The latter can seem cold in the wrong light, so ensure lots of illumination in the space. Analogous color combinations (colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel) can create a subtle and smooth ambiance; consider cream tones or greys.
Enhance a space with encaustic/cement tile
Encaustic and cement tiles are often confused by consumers and the debate as to which constitutes which is as heated as their production process. Many manufacturers use the terms "encaustic" and "cement" interchangeably. Encaustic tiles come in a wealth of colors and patterns and are frequently influenced by foreign cultures and historical forms.
If the intent is to make a statement with a floor tile in a busy area, the U.S Capitol has made a beautiful example. There, you can find some stunning statements on the versatility and regal beauty of the encaustic tile. In this style, the pattern is inlaid into the surface of the tile at a distance of one-eighth of an inch allowing for a century of resistance to heavy foot traffic.
Cement may not bring excitement to mind, but the many possibilities of its tiles do. From culturally-influenced patterns to bold reliefs, cement tiles can add a subtle or striking cultural flavor.
Moroccan and marble tiles
Moroccan tiles are arguably the most striking of all. Their intricate and complex geometric forms are dazzling; their hypnotic composition a sure eye-catcher for your guests. Simultaneously bold and beautiful, their kaleidoscopic cascade of triangles, diamonds, stars, and polygons weave an entrancing effect into any space.
If you're looking to achieve a meditative or contemplative mood in your hotel space, Moroccan tile can create it. While Moroccan tiles may transport us back to Europe's 7th century, marble tiles offer a timelessness that could belong anywhere. Marble is grand, elegant and imposes a dramatic sense of power and extravagance.
White, black, brown, pink, yellow, and green are all options. The nature of the space will dictate which color to choose (white to stamp awe on a lobby, cappuccino brown for dining areas for example) but the organic veined form of these tiles is never less than special on walls, floors, and ceilings.
Takeaway on tile
Selecting the right tile for hotel design can be a daunting task. It helps to keep up with predicted trends for tile in hotel design. Sometimes, finding the decorative expression that is truly your own needs a helping hand.
Beachwood Custom brings over a century of combined experience to the art of opening a hotel. Design, purchasing, manufacturing, and installation are all part of our client service. You can reach us on our contact page to learn how we can help realize your hospitality décor goals.