Hotel chic in your own home

The caramel, brown and coral colour scheme and clean-lined furnishings evoke a warm but modern look at the Loden.

I often come home from my travels with memories of the decorating details from some exceptional hotels I stay at. No matter where I travel I always fall in love with a detail, colour or furniture style that I want to incorporate into my own home’s decor.

All hotels set out to create unique visual experiences for their guests and Vancouver’s Loden hotel is no exception.

Tucked in the distinguished Coal Harbour Neighbourhood;  the 77-room luxury hotel opened its doors in 2008 and has been winning awards for its customer service and great looks ever since. Its warm and inviting colours and style creates an atmosphere that definitely says urban on a human scale; something even trendy travellers appreciate when away from the comforts of home. I love their surprising use of the colour orange; long before it was ever trendy. 

The wood-toned walls wrap guest rooms in a warm glow, which is a great colour choice for Vancouver’s grey days. For a similar look, paint your walls a deep caramel colour (Benjamin Moore’s Capilano Bridge CC-440 is a great match) or cover them with a paintable wood textured wallpaper to introduce the woodgrain colour and element.

The mirrored wall behind the bed reflects light from the window and keeps the room feeling open and airy.Try standing two tall floor mirrors behind each night stand to achieve a similar effect in your own room.

The patterned carpet (a great decorating trick of most hotel rooms) not only camouflages wear but also adds a warm texture to the room. Carpet tiles are a great way to add a pattern to your floor without costing a lot; or better yet, place decorative carpet runners down each side of the bed to warm up your space and add some texture to the room.

The simple shapes of the bed, nightstands and lamps give the room a modern edge. With the mid-century modern look on the return, you might want to search a few trendy classifieds (like craigslist or Kijiji) for good buys. Otherwise, invest in one or two good pieces that you know you will love for a long time.

A burst of colour (coral is the accent colour of choice at the Loden Hotel) can be changed seasonally to follow trends or incorporate a new colour as desired. The secret to colour is to use it in things that can easily be changed out seasonally; pillows, a vase or lampshades are an inexpensive way to indulge in trendy colours.

Got a design dilemma? Email your question and a photo to: home@metronews.ca. For daily design advice, follow @KarlLohnes on Twitter.




News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…