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