One cannot help but ask how hostel and hotel decorative traditions inspire the individual home. After all, commercial and residential settings are very distinct.

Interior design is a flexible and growing phenomenon, the nature of which denotes a limitless range of possibilities. That is the beauty of décor, and it alludes to why interior design is an essential and reflective part of human living.

Home Décor: How did it Evolve from Hostels and Hotels?

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Home décor refers to style and theme assembled to give a living area character and feel. Yet it is even more than that. The process and materials used to achieve this end create a space that facilitates an overall sense of purpose and functionality. Interior design embodies conceptualization, layout, management and execution of the entire scheme involved in living space transformation.

The history of home décor goes back centuries, but its influences derived from hostels and hotels emerged throughout the twentieth century. Since the first hostel came into being in Germany during the summer of 1906, accommodations were simple yet functional. That premise has never changed.

Art Deco, introduced in 1925 during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratif et IndustrielModernes world fair in Paris, served as a turning point in style; yet the new insights to come along also enhanced the functional aspect of décor in the setting. This movement challenged traditional classical style with a cleaner, streamlined appearance, while strategically placed lighting ensured striking focal points. This caught on, perhaps because of its novel visual appeal and functionality. The first hostel in the United States, located in Connecticut, appeared in 1934 when Art Deco was still at its peak, so it likely adopted many of the new influences.

The 1950s saw a higher spending in home furnishing, which meant that interior design carried more significance with the average citizen. Bright colors and shiny appliances were the order of the day. These Art Deco influences flared during the 1960s when mod style erupted in strong, solid colors and sleek geometric shapes to reflect prevailing social attitudes at the time. Décor was no longer a matter of simple interior arrangement but an integral part of society and still is today.

Home Décor: Inspirations

Modern hostels rely on décor to provide the everyday needs of guests who prefer them because of their affordable rates and convenience. The design of both hostels and hotels focus on functionality just as before, but it now accommodates both emotional and physical comfort associated with aesthetic appeal and the materials used.

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Home décor draws on this basic premise. Yet despite the universality of hostel and hotel interior design, homeowners seek a way to incorporate a sense of individuality into their personal settings without losing functionality or convenience.

How has hostel/hotel décor inspired home design? Some examples include:

• Multifaceted layout that provides for various everyday activities like sleeping, working, eating/snacking, reading, etc. This would include mini bars, fireplaces, bookshelves and refrigerators.
• Reinforced walls that keep heat in and noise out. This may involve heavy paint, plaster and/or paneling.
• Three-way switch near the door and bed to facilitate easy management of spatial needs, such as lighting, temperature, window adjustment like drape-stacking and Mecco shades, dimmer controls, etc.
• Lighting in the closet activated whenever the door opens
• Individual reading lights on either side of the bed
• Bed placement such wall suspensions or bunks to provide greater moving space.

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In Conclusion . . .

Typical hostels and hotels features accommodate guests’ needs as thoroughly as possible. Artwork, plants and other elements are individualistic in nature, but they carry over from the innovations offered by many hostels around the world.

The fact home spaces should draw on these aspects of hostel and hotel design is a mere inevitability. The connection is essential for the continued evolution of interior design.

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