There is nothing like a weekend getaway to a beautiful bed and breakfast. Whether it be for romance, relaxation, or just a new adventure, bed and breakfast hotels provide some of the most exquisite accommodations imaginable.
If you are considering opening a new bed and breakfast, or perhaps purchasing an existing inn, you may be giving a lot of thought to the atmosphere you wish to create. After all, there is just something special about a bed and breakfast.
A bed and breakfast should tell a story; perhaps of a simpler time when the world wasn't in such a hurry. Reminiscent of youthful summers spent at Grandma's house, bed and breakfast decor often conveys warmth and nostalgia, where modern technology gives way to old-world simplicity.
Here are a few design tips for B&B owners who are looking to create a little step back in time.
- Earth tones create a feeling of warmth and comfort; and make a perfect backdrop for cuddling by the fire on a crisp Fall evening. Browns, greens, yellows, and dark orange colors work well to achieve this.
- Natural heat sources, such as fireplaces or wood stoves, serve to accentuate your décor while providing a cozy, at-home feeling. Natural is always best when taking a nostalgic approach to your interior design.
- Sunlight will add an illuminating glow to any room and bring out the shimmer in your color scheme. Natural light also has a curious way of making smaller rooms appear just a little bit larger. Never be shy about windows.
- Gardens and landscapes also add to the natural ambiance of your bed and breakfast, creating a picturesque scene for not only your guests to behold, but you as well. Consider planting flowers, shrubs, or even trees, being generous with the colors, and mindful of the seasons when planning your gardens. There is nothing more breath-taking than the colorful foliage of Fall, beautiful blooms in Spring, or lush green trees blowing in a summer breeze, providing shade on a hot August afternoon. Landscape should very much be a part of the charm and natural beauty of your inn.
Whether your inn is a new venture, or a revitalization of former glory; remember that every bed and breakfast not only tells a story, but creates a memory in the minds and hearts of all who come to enjoy it.