From the moment a guest steps over the threshold of a hotel, it is first impressions that really count so it is important that they are immediately immersed into the whole hotel experience, whether that be within a calming country retreat or an inspirational busy boutique hotel in the city. Fabrics play an integral role in setting the scene, as guests physically and visually interact with their surroundings throughout their entire stay. The hotel lobby and reception area is the first consideration, here drapery fabrics can now be used for creating zones or as room dividers as well as the usual window treatments, perfect for achieving an open plan look whilst maintaining privacy. Upholstery and other soft furnishings must coordinate and compliment the look, particularly with “The Instagram Effect” pushing all to raise their game. The right supplier will help and support clients to make these decisions but also support on appropriate regulations and specification to ensure longevity in these high traffic areas. Moving to the bedroom, fixtures such as headboards and curtains, usually need an extended lifecycle, and therefore should typically feature more subtle, timeless designs in neutral shades so they don’t become outdated after just a few years. By choosing tactile and dimensional fabrics such as a boucle or velvet it is possible to really enhance these areas so that they play prominent roles in the overall design, whilst still providing a timeless backdrop that can be effectively layered in different textures, patterns and colours. In contrast, bolder and braver design choices can be achieved with easily replaceable items such as cushions, bed runners and sheers. Specifying fabrics in intricate patterns and vibrant bursts of colour that perfectly encapsulate the latest trends and captivate guests’ attention adding visual interest to any interior.