Hotel ogling: Rosewood London

Rosewood London

Part of my day job involves snouting around the websites of hotels, researching them for events and looking for pretty pictures of their interiors. Sometimes I come across one whose decor I absolutely love, so I thought I’d share those with you here. I like to try to work out which bits could be copied cheaply at home (only problem is, the ideas are often very bold and would look a bit footballers-wives-wannabe in a modest little house like mine!) Still fun to ogle though.  Today we have this place:

Rosewood London Exterior

Rosewood London

First up, here’s the lobby. I absolutely love those wide striped shiny floors, the cosy yet glamorous feeling, and all that mirror – it looks like etched rose-bronze tinted mirror?

The Lobby at Rosewood London

I was straight onto Google, trying to find out how much rose bronze mirror costs. As far as I could tell, judging by one of the supplier websites I saw, the answer is: A LOT! This is quite an over-the-top look for a home, so I was thinking that I could do a wall in the Tiny Toilet with this, as you can get away with more drama in a small WC.  The wall in question is only 60cm wide, but even that was going to be £600….before even thinking of having it etched. So I’ve concluded that, if I was going to try to replicate this look, I’d try sticking bronze mirror privacy film to the back side of normal glass from one of the glass suppliers nearby (with the mirror effect facing out through the glass). I’d try DIY-etching the glass using etching cream and this guy’s handy video! Then I’d mount the whole thing on the wall. Only thing is, I’m not sure that you’d get a good clear mirror image. No telling without doing. That can go on the List of Projects to Try then :)

Next up is my favourite picture:

Rose Bronze Gallery at Rosewood London

WOW. How beautiful is that. I wonder if all that is made of metal, or if it’s painted that colour? Real metal, no doubt. I’m not normally one for mosaic floors, but that looks just gorgeous. Having it run in a narrow band down the centre of the hallway like that seems to emphasis the height of the room. And I love the way the lights pick out the floor – the detailed thought that has gone into this is amazing. For example, imagine those lights didn’t have any black trim….wouldn’t work nearly as well, they’d just get lost wouldn’t they. Everything is perfect. I wanted to know who was clever enough to design this – it’s Toni Chi and Associates, in case you’re interested.

There’s a good chance that metallic-painted woodwork in my house would just look rubbish and over-the-top, but here’s what I’d do if I was going to try to echo this look:

Firstly, I’d have to choose my stairwell. That’s the only place in the house with a double-height ceiling, high enough to have a chance at giving this effect. Then I’d put up individual mirrors with trim/moulding around them, from floor right up to ceiling, similar to this:

Mirrored Wall with Molding

Original photo source unkown

Or I might have the mirrors much closer together to give that windowy look, more like this (but using rectangles rather than squares, and with more traditional-style moulding):

Then I guess I’d have a bash at painting the moulding with rose bronze paint, and seeing if it looked awful or amazing. If the moulding had to stay a neutral colour (white/black/other) I’d try to bring in the metallic feeling in another way: wall lights, or a bronze handrail etc. Make that a bronze-effect handrail, I don’t have a hotel’s budget here! Add a black and white stair runner, or paint the stairs, or diy a black and white greek key mosaic on the stair risers, and bob’s your uncle!

Moving on to another public space, this is the Mirror Room:

The Mirror Room at Rosewood London
Again, a mix of cosy yet glamorous. And again, it’s the brown walls and soft lighting which is creating the cosiness, and the sparkle from the mirrors creating the glamour. This room isn’t one I love so much that I’d try to recreate it at home, but if you’d like to I think that statement mirror will be pretty important! There’s a (much smaller) version at Homebase:
Homebase Faceted Mirror 2
Homebase Faceted Mirror
It’s £49.99 and at 60cm x 60cm you might need 4 all hung tightly together in a grid to make a good impact. Definitely one to buy on a discount weekend then!

This is a Garden House Suite at Rosewood London:
Garden House Suite at Rosewood London
What I find inspirational about it, is that it has low ceilings (like my house) but that doesn’t stop it from looking luxurious. It doesn’t look like a compromised room. It’s interesting that they’ve put a colour/pattern on the ceiling, without worrying that it’ll make the ceiling feel oppressive. Maybe it works because it’s a continuation of something on the wall, so your eye just flows upwards from the wall. Again, loads of high gloss dark surfaces. Speaking of which, my last picture shows the high gloss black doors in one of the bedrooms:
Cupola House Suite at Rosewood London
So stylish! I was drawn to them because I see an opportunity for making over my ugly, cheap, totally plain hollow core doors. I wonder what I could paint them with or put on them to make them super-extra-shiny like this? Rustoleum Mode maybe, although it comes in several colours except black.

Another thing I like about this room is the way that the double doors make it feel so much bigger and more luxurious. Imagine the room with a single, standard height and width door: nowhere near as special. It’s a running theme in this hotel (and from what I saw, other work from this designer) to take doors right up to the ceiling. I love details like that, which make a space more special without needing to make it bigger.

So, there you have it, Rosewood London. (All the photos of the hotel came from their Gallery.) If I ever stay there, I’ll update to tell you whether the Rose Bronze Gallery is made from metal or painted wood!

Until next time x

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