Hotel Interior Design
The Ship Hotel Chichester has recently undergone an overhaul capitalising on its grandeur, whilst remaining true to its Georgian origins. The Silkroad Interior Design was commissioned to roll out an interior design scheme of the downstairs’ communal areas to ensure a relaxing, stylish and above all welcoming feel. The location of this hotel in the heart of Chichester needed to offer clients an oasis away from the busy and noisy city outside. Hence, the designer’s focus was to create a ‘home from home’ atmosphere without compromising the hotel’s features, whilst also celebrating the hotel’s history.
Commercial Hotel interior design requires a different approach to that of a residential design- the interior scheme needs to meet a variety of criteria whilst also reaching out to satisfy the tastes of the hotel’s clientele- old and new. Longevity and durability are key to any commercial design, however, a boutique hotel of this nature- which is more ‘home’ than ‘hotel’- also needs a sympathetic eye on comfort.
The downstairs areas were reconfigured starting with the entrance lobby. Bespoke wooden flooring leads clients to the reception desk with this area enjoying leather effect wallpaper, and a statement piece in the form of an oversized urn and stunning moss ball – the latter can be enjoyed fully as guests climb the grand Adam Staircase to the first floor. Despite its simplicity. First impressions offer guests a taste of the sophistication and classy style of the Hotel.
The overall scheme aimed to reflect a hint of ‘colonialism’, brought about by the dark wooden flooring – coloured and distressed to reflect age and character- and the muted colours introduced in the soft furnishings and bespoke carpets which were designed especially for the hotel. The dramatic use of plants in the Dining area further nods to the days of the empire.
From the entrance lobby, the heavily accessorised Lounge, with chesterfield and roaring log fire awaits guests. A popular meeting place for shoppers, the Lounge and Captains Bar simply buzzes with life, from those wishing only for a coffee to others who prefer the sound of corks popping. The introduction of colour is subtle, but the ‘Georgian red’ nevertheless creates an impact- carefully chosen books for the dark wooden shelving have been sourced to match the same shade of red as the newly built and well-stocked bar area.