Design Contract present selection of Best Boutique Hotels 2014 and decoration ideas for professional architects and interior designers.

Café Royal  | London, UK

Café Royal combinine architectural heritage with contemporary design. This one of the best boutique hotels is located in the heart of London’s West End with the elegance of Mayfair to the west and the creativity of Soho to the east. Grand historic areas of the hotel have been sensitively restored while 159 guestrooms and suites (including six historic suites) have been created in a modern yet refined style. All feature thoughtful touches; luxurious Frette bed linen, a fully stocked Butler’s Pantry, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems and media hubs. Each guest has access to a private butler and concierge service to take care of every detail.

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Decoration idea number 1: Strike A Balance

The trick is to balance saturated hues with crisp white and metallic tones. These highlights simultaneously emphasise the room’s depth and prevent the space from becoming too heavy.

B&B Italia

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Tom Dixon 


Best_Boutique_Hotels_2014-selection- decoration_ideas- Tom_Dixon21C Museum Hotel | Louisville, KY, United States

Voted  Number 1 Hotel in the South in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2012, 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky is the first of its kind– a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality and contemporary art from living artists. Nestled in the heart of Museum Row and downtown Louisville, 21c is an epicenter for culture, activity, and artistic expression.  Boutique Hotel applauded by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the most ambitious unions of art and hospitality ever undertaken, and hailed by The New York Times as an innovative concept with strong execution and prompt and enthusiastic service, come meet the infamous Red Penguins and discover how 21c Museum Hotel is redefining the art of hospitality. Among the many upscale offerings- award winning design and decor, 42-inch HDTV flat screen televisions, WiFi, exquisite bedding, silver mint julep cups, gourmet coffee makers, mini-bar refrigerators, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, plush robes, Herman Miller Ergonomic chairs and nightly turn down and concierge services.

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Decoration idea number 2: Add A Colour Pop

Moody doesn’t mean sombre in this case – it means slick. Embrace the look’s dark tones but don’t be afraid to add pops of colour through accessories.

Boca do Lobo “Piccadilly” cabinet 

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 Boca do Lobo “Atomic” table Best_Boutique_Hotels_2014-selection- decoration_ideas-Boca_do_Lobo_NewtonAria Hotel Prague | Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, with its rich cultural heritage, served as the inspiration for architecture firm Spatium best known for their work for Gianni Versace. Architect Rocco Magnoli, along with his partner Lorenzo Carmellini, was commissioned to create a beautiful and architecturally distinctive boutique Prague hotel. Magnoli incorporated the notes of past and present to create an exquisitely-designed 5 star luxury boutique Prague hotel. This central Prague boutique hotel was transformed from a row of modest gray stone and yellow stucco buildings. One of the most exquisite original features is the ancient Gregorian chant represented in Italian mosaic which forms a path leading guests from the wrought iron gates at the entrance of the hotel, through reception, building to a crescendo as it enters the Winter Garden. Our luxury Prague hotel rooms are warm and spacious and furnished with opulent antiques.Each room is enhanced with original artwork and a selection of books. A flat screen computer in each room is equipped with the biography of the featured composer or artist and an iPod connection loaded music of 52 composers.

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Decoration idea number 3: Give Preference To Sleek Finishes

Keep finishes sleek. Mirror, metallics and glass are all winners. Save tactile fabrics for upholstered pieces and floor coverings to ensure a comfortable space.

Koket “Intuition” table 

Best_Boutique_Hotels_2014-selection- decoration_ideas--Koket-IntuitionThe Inn at the Roman Forum | Rome, Italy

Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, The Inn at the Roman Forum boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, Roman Forum, and Venice Square. It is represented by Small Luxury boutique Hotels of the World and is the only luxury residence in Rome which actually houses Roman ruins inside it. At the entrance, a passageway leads you to a Cryptoporticus; an exquisite stone gallery with engravings that can be traced back to 2,000 years ago. The accommodations are carefully decorated in a modern style and are luxuriously furnished.

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Decoration idea number 4: Use Cool Patterns

Patterns should be kept to a minimum – imagine it as style concentrate – and be nothing short of dangerously cool. This is no place for traditional florals or even more masculine plaids. A geometric chapes or even stylised zebra prints style’s nonchalant confidence.

Brabbu “Cygnus” 

Best_Boutique_Hotels_2014-selection- decoration_ideas--Brabbu-CygnusThe Upper House | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Upper House was designed by with the use of natural materials, distinctive sculptures, and original artwork. The contemporary Oriental design provides an understated feeling of residential calmness. The Upper House’s 117 rooms, all featuring scenic harbour or island views, including 21 suites and 2 penthouses, begin at 730sq ft – the largest in Hong Kong. Bathrooms of over 300 sq ft framed with panoramic windows, come with walk-in rain showers, dressing area and deep soaking baths. Cafe Gray Deluxe, a 21st century grand cafe located on the 49th floor overlooking Victoria Harbour, marks the return of celebrated chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong with his unique style of European classics and signature dishes from a lifetime leading the very finest kitchens in Europe, Asia and America. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 14 metre long open kitchen and equally long bar. The outdoor lawn on the 6th floor and the sky lounge on the 49th floor are both intriguing venues. The name, “The Upper House”, is derived from the design philosophy of an upward journey from Queensway towards Pacific Place, elevating into a serene house above the bustling city. The Upper House is designed by renowned Hong Kong architect Andre Fu of AFSO with the use of natural materials, distinctive sculptures and original artwork. The contemporary Oriental design echoes the aim to provide an understated feeling of residential calmness.

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Decoration idea number 5: Choose Atmospheric Lighting

Even more than usual, lighting is paramount in domers interios design. Invest in hand made unique unusual design atmospheric suspension chandeliers or table lamps to create trully unique environment.

Delightfull “Atomic” suspesion chandelier 

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