How to Bring Hotel Style to Your Home
Get the look of a sublimely-designed hotel at home by taking a lesson from New York City's stunning Beekman Hotel.
Tucked away at the corner of Beekman and Nassau in Lower Manhattan sits a historic building, home to the newly renovated Beekman Hotel. This building was first completed in 1881 and was one of the first skyscrapers in New York. Although used for many things over the years, the building now operates in its original capacity, as a glorious hotel marrying modern design with exquisite period details.
The success of The Beekman design lies in allowing the original charm of the building to guide the decisions while incorporating modern-meets-homey touches. After decades of being sealed up, the original nine story atrium with a stunning glass pyramid top was opened up, pouring light through the center of the space. The renovation also revealed original cast iron railings and supports that reinforce the true character of the building. Tan stone and red brick are the backdrop for warm woods, detailed ceilings, and intricate tile work. The hard surfaces are softened with exquisite rugs, simple accessories and lush upholstered pieces.
While expertly executed by designer Martin Brudnizki, the basis of the design philosophy is very easy to understand.
Start by embracing the features of the existing space. Capitalize on the best parts of the current design, such as beautiful wood floors or a wide bank of windows. Make subtle changes that are feasible, fit within your budget, and support the existing features.
Next, choose finishes that bridge the gap between the design of the building and your personal style. Choose a color palette that speaks to you. Use this palette to select accessories and soft goods that are simple and beautiful on their own, but more importantly, make a big impact when gathered together.
You can achieve some of the look of The Beekman Hotel by incorporating a few of the elements in your own home. Of course, you may be limited by your architecture, but the basic design elements can be translated to nearly every home.
Bring the Beekman Look Home:
— Embrace what is best about the architecture and finishes of your existing space by exposing natural wood and stone or brick surfaces where applicable.
— Use elements of your personal style to highlight what is best about your existing space, making it timeless yet current.
— Soften hard elements with lush rugs and upholstered furniture. Fringe on lampshades, stools and chairs is good, but keep throw pillows basic and easily changeable.
— Velvet upholstery and Oriental rugs are a quick way to create a rich, timeless look.
— Period light fixtures sourced from antique or vintage stores or quality replicas are the statement necklace of your room.
— Make room in your budget for good lighting to highlight textures and simple artwork.
— Simplicity is key. A well-curated collection of simple goods in fine finishes makes a statement.
— Keep things classic and unfussy: plush white towels and white bed linens and duvet covers don't fight with your decor for attention and lend an old-world look when accessorized with well-selected accent pillows in rich jewel tones.
— Less is more. Keep accessories to a minimum and ornament tabletops with just a few well chosen objects.
— Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to furnishings. Look for fine finishes in fabrics and trim.
— Artwork can range from black and white photos to bold, bright graphic art. Keep the framing clean and simple.
— The right vintage finds will blend well with many modern accessories. Choose vintage finds for longevity and other accessories sensibly so you can change them as your style changes.
The common areas are filled with plenty of rich woods and beautiful rugs. The walls are covered in soft, neutral colors through paint and wallpapers. Lighting plays a key role. The spaces are furnished with dark wood tables, furniture upholstered in soft, velvet fabrics and simple accessories.
For the living room, think soft comfort. A large upholstered sofa and complementary chairs will make the space sophisticated and inviting. Warm, wood-paneled walls create a cozy atmosphere. Well-lit, simple artwork allows you to reflect more of your personal style.
In the dining area, simple elegance is the key. Stone or brick walls lay the foundation, but a beautifully painted wall could be equally impactful. Focus on good lighting and a rich rug on bare floors. Add soft, upholstered chairs for an elegant touch.
For more informal dining areas create a space that begins with a neutral base and plenty of natural light. Punctuate the space with a focal point in bright colors.
The Beekman's bedrooms are soft and simple yet elegant. For finishes consider woods, velvets, linens and chenilles. White walls, lush rugs, and fine fabrics make this space an upscale sanctuary. The accessories are a mix of simple modern pieces, artwork and vintage finds.
The bathroom bridges the gap between period styling and modern convenience. Look for vintage-inspired mirrors and bath hardware. Pair that with beautifully tiled walls and flooring. Add simple modern artwork and modern conveniences to bridge the gap.