Six brilliant lighting ideas to steal from hotels

Whether it’s a five-star country pad for the 1%, a quirky city stay or a chic members club – hotels are one of the best hunting grounds for design ideas. This is where interior designers are given carte blanche to turn their vision into reality on a huge scale. So we’ve snooped around to find some of the best lighting ideas to steal from hotels.

Our Top 6 Lighting Ideas to Steal From Hotels

1. Be bold with bare bulbs

Parisian bolthole, Hotel Panache makes bare bulbs look a million dollars. They are quite simply everywhere: dangling delicately from copper ceiling wires; mounted theatrically as wall lights on black painted panels; and perched at the end of gold T-bar fixtures. Get the look from UCI with Large Globe LED-Filament Bulb and Eco-LED Bulb Double-Click Dimmable.

The Hotel Panache making excellent use of bare bulb fixtures

© Hotel Panache

2. Spell it out

Eclectic and sexy, the Zaza hotel in Dallas is rich with bold design ideas – such as these antique marquee letters which dominate the wall of one of its many function rooms. The joy of this type of lighting is that it doubles-up as a piece of art. And, for those who want to stand out from the crowd, also offers the chance to own something that’s a true one-off. UCI’s Frosted Mini Globe Tungsten Filament Bulbs are ideal for lighting vintage-style fixtures.

The Zaza hotel makes great use of neon signage

© The Zaza Hotel

3. Follow the (bed) frame

We love this simple shortcut for acing bedside lighting from elegant French hotel, Doisy Etoilecan. Simply colour match your wall lights to the frame of your bed for a smart, seamless look. UCI Maria Banjo Wall Light with Shade comes in 12 shades, from glossed black enamel to apple green, so finding the right shade to twin with your bed is easy.

Elegant bedside lighting from Paris hotel Doisy

© Hotel Doisy

4. Make a room within a room

Nothing is conventional about the Michel Berger Hotel in Berlin, which is both budget-minded (stays start at 59 euro a night) and considered in every way: each room features one-off wallpaper designed by Azar Kazimir and furniture is custom-made from laminated larch. Because many rooms are designed to sleep up to four people, the team got creative with lighting to offer an additional feeling of privacy. Here carving a room inside another and lighting both separately for cosy, lantern-feel. Make this work at home by either fashioning sleeping dens for kid’s bedrooms or portioning-off bunk beds into grown-up hideaways. Get the look with a UCI White Enamel Coolicon Lamp Shade overhead and Copper Lamp Shades for the sleeping quarters.

Michel Berger create privacy with clever use of lighting

© Michel Berger

5. Pinpoint lighting

For intimate living room ideas look to Masseria Cimino, a plush little 18th century farmhouse turned 15-room five-star hotel on the heel of Italy. This lounge area is a lesson in how to use recess lighting to best effect. Its structured and repetitive placement counteracts the rough walls and gives delicate layers of light that meld with the candlelight.

Masseria Cimino makes great use of recess lighting

© Masseria Cimino

6. Get symmetrical

The midcentury lighting in this Soho House Chicago lounge cleverly mirrors the matching paisley-print sofas. This adds a dose of formality and order to what a vast space (the hotel and club span six floors).

Soho house in Chicago utilises lighting which matches the furniture

© Soho House