According to Mr. Böhm, when hotel lighting is done well you don’t necessarily notice it, “but when it isn’t, you most certainly do!” He explains that lighting layout and design is often left to electrical engineers, meaning style isn’t always at the forefront of plans. Having a light planner define the appearance of lighting – especially in public areas – is essential to avoid negative first impressions.
“Hotel foyers are changing,” explains Böhm. And with that so too is foyer lighting. The traditional format of a separate foyer, restaurant, bar and check-in area is increasingly being replaced by free-flowing spaces where different functions take place in one room. Lighting therefore needs to be adjustable in order to fit the changing primary use of the space throughout the day. In the morning for example, cool lighting might be used during breakfast, whilst in the evening warmer lighting can create a cozier atmosphere. Other areas such as the bar might need to be zoned out using lighting contrasts when not in use.
There’s a fine line between standing out and looking out of place. Statement lamps can create a great focal point for guests; however, it is important that they fit the overall design concept of a hotel. This applies to hotel rooms and public areas alike. As well as being a design feature in themselves, lamps should also be used to highlight architectural or decorative aspects that give a hotel its individual flair or define its concept.