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Hospitality Design Trends that Define

Posted by Daltile Team on Aug 31, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Mosaic accent wall with wood-look tile floor at Wyndham Hills

Though most hospitality design aims for the timeless and classic, it’s also expected and can get a little boring. That’s why adding in a little of the fashionable really breathes life into a design. Here are a few trends that pass the test on both fronts—longevity and style.

Franciscan Slate in Coastal Azul 18 x 18 on the floor

Window Coverings

Window coverings are always an important consideration in the hospitality industry. Luckily, finding the right combination of functionality and style has never been easier. Each of these trends offers an array of products that meet requirements and have flexibility so you can use them in a variety of different applications.

Geometric Arrangement

Grids, circles, squares, and even repeating geometric patterns are a trendy way to update window coverings. These can either be sheer or heavy but still produce the desired design effect.

Sheer Whimsy

Sheers printed with spare branches and leaves hint at oriental-inspired designs that are fresh and relaxing—like a breeze making its way through the room.

Luxury Textures

Window covering trends are leaning toward the lavish with fabrics with textures inspired by linen, silk, and crushed velvet. They look fantastic but have the durability of fabrics that stand up to the traffic hospitality deals with. Or you can go for the real thing and jump on the printed linen trend or find a beautiful sheer in silk organza.

Artisan Embroidery

Embroidery goes high tech with some of the latest fabric designs that use the artisan sensibility combined with up-to-date designs and techniques.

Spark in Midnight Glow 24 x 24 on the floor with Smoky Glimer 12 x 24 on the wall


Looking for something that will be durable and look on-trend until the next remodel? Try one of these flooring options.

Wood Love

Wood is the name of the game in flooring in the hospitality design industry right now. How can wood possibly fit the bill? It’s a wood look in a dependable porcelain tile. You can get the look with an aged or reclaimed sensibility, or in a classic, rich favorite. Daltile offers all sorts of wood-look tile in long planks with exact edges that allow for minimal grout joint, which makes this flooring look like the real thing. Excellent digital imaging and high variation makes you take a second look when you find out it’s tile.

Metallic Magic

In a more industrial design, metallic finish porcelain tile can really set the stage. Bright stainless steel finishes are great for a bold modern style or an aged iron or bronze can bring a feeling of depth and longevity. Daltile offers an aged-look series, Castle Metals™, in 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 for the floors. Or go for a larger format 16 x 16, 16 x 24, or 24 x 24 in the Metal Fusion™ series.

Cement Inclination

Cement and cement-look tiles are more upscale than they sound. We’re not talking a gray expanse, but  a classy, polished look in some in-demand colors. Check out Daltile’s Cotto Contempo™, a high-end aged cement-look that earned multiple awards. Or for something a little sleeker try Industrial Park™.

Textured Tone on Tone

Adding a little shading and texture to your basic color introduces a whole new level of design. Daltile’s Showscape™ has just enough texture and pattern to make your tile installations interesting. Add in some geometric shapes to a flat color or go with trendy chevrons or lantern patterns to liven it up a bit.

Keystones in various colors and custom patterns


Color needs to be trendy, but not so trendy that your space will look outdated in a few years. Select something that will last at least a decade.

Marsala Attraction

Even though it’s the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, this wine color is a classic. It can easily blend into it’s surroundings or pop out as the accent. It never draws negative attention.

Notably Gray

Once again, a trendy color but also neutral enough that it can always be on the palette. Give it a new role and let it come front and center in your designs for a fresh, on-trend color scheme.

Popping Color

A bright accent color can be just the thing to brighten up any space. In hospitality design those pops of color define the space. You’ll see that accent color making an appearance here and there—in the carpet, artwork, and as an accent tile. A little goes a long way so consider a mosaic that adds a little spot of color right where you need it. Try Daltile’s City Lights™ which offers color and an iridescent finish that catches the light.

Psychological Considerations

More and more hospitality designers are using demographics and psychographics to inform their designs. They use certain colors to encourage the appetite and others to induce relaxation and calm. Even the tones and shades of a single color can inspire completely different responses.

LeatherLevaro in Grigio Meadows in a Versailles pattern on the floor

Leather is a durable material that also looks great and provides upscale details in a space. There is plenty of attention on leather right now in the hospitality design world. Here’s what’s new.

Dyed Leathers

Leather comes in all sorts of colors to suit any color scheme or design. Most are earth tones but there are also some bright trendy colors that are dyed naturally using plant compounds and oils.

Italian Vogue

Who does leather better than the Italians? That’s why so many of the best leathers are coming from Italian companies in a myriad of colors and textures. It’s the luxury you’re looking for to boost your design.

Touchable Texture

Embossed leather adds some visual appeal to a design. The reptilian patterns are classics and will stand the test of time. Some also include prints with metallic hints to take the leather to the next level.

Beyond Chairs

Leather’s most popular application is furniture—couches, chairs, and the like. But leather is showing up in different areas with finesse. Leather topped tables and leather fronted cabinets or walls bring a natural softness that you just can’t get with other materials.

Find a trend that you can work with and transform the hospitality spaces you create.

Topics: Commercial, Trends

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