Where residential and hospitality design intersect

We all desire to feel the same sensation of comfort and thoughtfulness away from home as we do in our home sanctuaries. As the hospitality industry strives to design luxury hotels, restaurants, and high-rise projects with a ‘home away from home’ feel, the line between residential and hospitality design continues to fade. This movement has been happening for several years and is gaining momentum. Thus, it appears this design trend is here to stay, and for good reason.

Design has a direct effect on human wellness—physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. So why shouldn’t the places we visit possess the deliciously comfortable vibe we create in our own homes? Hospitality design centers around creating a transformative experience where visitors are submerged in tranquility. Luxurious fabrics, textiles and amenities help to create a comfortable environment and, in turn, leave guests excited to return.

As hospitality design continues to reflect more of a home-like feel, residential design trends are also evolving to resemble more high-end hospitality projects. Smart features and at-home gyms are becoming more popular, as well as luxury designs. Art-splashed walls resemble those of museums, as relaxing pools and bathrooms bring the spa experience right into the home. Positive energy inspires beautiful design in all areas of the industry, and as residential and hospitality design morph, each is changed for the better.



Design is about more than decor or the color of your walls. It’s about the feeling of the space and the energy it brings to anyone who enters. To create a space that reflects a brand a hospitality designer must understand the brand and the establishment's goals for the future. The challenge is that an assortment of people with differing tastes and backgrounds must all share a mutual feeling of peace and comfort in the space. On the contrary, a residential designer must have an in-depth understanding of their client in order to create a space that reflects their uniqueness, personality and specific wishes. In any design field, this understanding and connection is essential in making a space a home– or home away from home.

The importance of self-care, especially after this past year of uncertainty, is undeniable. Serene rooms guide us in the direction of a clear mind and healthy body. We must ensure that we take the time to practice these measures in our daily lives. Even before 2020 woke many of us up to the importance of sanctuary spaces, this has been a movement of relevance and reverence. Hail to thoughtful, sensational design!

Lisa Samuel ASID, IIDA, is a Santa Fe native and principal of Samuel Design Group, located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. She is an award-winning interior designer known for creating unique interiors imbued with warmth and elegance. Lisa (info@samueldesigngroup.com) is passionate about good design that supports well-being.

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