9 Hospitality Design Trends for 2024

Traveling has become a daily ritual for many, whether for business or pleasure. With more people blending work and leisure, a trend known as “bleisure,” the hospitality industry faces new challenges and opportunities. Hotel owners are constantly upgrading their services and interiors to meet the diverse needs of guests, ensuring memorable and comfortable stays.

In 2024, the focus will shift to creating emotional connections and high-quality experiences through innovative hospitality architecture. Hotels are not just places to sleep; they’re spaces designed to recharge emotionally and physically. As travelers seek unique and enriching experiences, hospitality design trends are evolving to include elements catering to professional and personal fulfillment.

Key Hospitality Design Trends for 2024

A modern hospitality building showcasing a blend of local and artisanal design elements

In 2024, hospitality design trends focus on creating spaces that are not just visually stunning but also functional and inviting. This year presents a blend of tradition and modernity, bringing unique experiences to guests worldwide.

Emphasis on Local and Artisanal Elements

Hotels increasingly showcase local culture and craftsmanship in their design. Embracing indigenous materials, artisanal furniture, and region-specific decor, these elements create an authentic experience for guests. For instance, a coastal hotel may feature driftwood accents and textiles woven by local artisans. Not only does this enhance the guest experience, but it also supports local economies. The use of indigenous materials in hospitality design intertwines local cultural elements, creating a singular and authentic sense of place.

Advances in Functionality and Versatility

Designs that allow spaces to serve multiple purposes are gaining traction. Hotels now incorporate modular furniture, adjustable lighting zones, interactive digital displays and movable walls to transition seamlessly from business meetings to social gatherings. Think of a lounge area that is a co-working space by day and transforms into a cocktail bar by night. This adaptability caters spaces to both professional and personal needs, meeting the demands of the “bleisure” traveler.

Incorporation of Quiet Luxury

Quiet luxury is about understated elegance and creating high-quality design experiences. It’s less about flaunting opulence and more about experiencing it subtly through fine linens, soft lighting, and bespoke amenities. Modern Hotels prioritize serene environments with neutral palettes, natural materials, and simple yet sophisticated decor. This trend offers guests a tranquil retreat, emphasizing comfort and understated style.

These trends emphasize the growing demand for thoughtful, versatile, and authentic hospitality design. 

Emerging Themes in Hotel and Restaurant Design

A large, rustic hospitality building with wood and stone construction, set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and open sky

As the hospitality industry gears up for 2024, design trends are transforming spaces into visually striking, comfortable retreats. This year, expect a blend of nostalgia and contemporary functionality.

Retro and Monochromatic Themes

Retro and monochromatic themes are making a big splash in hospitality interior design. Hotels and restaurants are embracing vibrant 1970s aesthetics with a modern twist. Imagine rooms bathed in a single hue, extending from walls to ceilings and even upholstery. This monochrome approach creates an immersive visual experience. Alongside this, there’s a renewed interest in vintage pieces and antiques. Guests can enjoy spaces that blend old-school charm with modern comfort, offering a unique and stylish ambiance that will surely intrigue and excite them.

Maximizing Guest Comfort and Functionality

Guest comfort isn’t just about plush beds anymore. Hotels are focusing on multi-functional designs that cater to different needs. Picture hotel hallways adorned with original patterns and textures, making each step attractive and unique. Common areas like lobbies are a facelift, aiming to create powerful first impressions. Furthermore, a diverse tactile landscape— from cozy chunky wools to refined textiles—enhances the sensory experience. These thoughtful touches ensure that whether guests are here for work or leisure, they find the space welcoming and practical, providing a sense of reassurance and comfort.

Design Techniques and Materials to Watch

As the hospitality industry charges into 2024, several intriguing design techniques and materials are capturing the spotlight. These design innovations aim to create memorable and functional guest spaces, seamlessly blending style and utility.

Innovations in Textured and Patterned Glass

Textured and patterned glass is making waves in hospitality interior design. This trend highlights the blend of aesthetics with practicality. Whether frosted for privacy or intricate patterns for flair, glass and plexiglass are more than just dividers. For instance, designers are infusing rooms with light and shadow effects, turning ordinary spaces into immersive experiences. The versatility extends to glass tiles and translucent exterior wall panels, creating a boundless yet private environment.

Sustainable Practices and Zero Impact Design

Sustainability remains at the forefront of hospitality design. In 2024, expect to see more zero impact designs. From renewable materials to energy-efficient lighting, the focus is on making spaces eco-friendly without compromising style. Hotels are recycled vintage furniture and fixtures, showcasing that green can also mean chic. Sustainable building practices ensure that the construction process aligns with eco-friendly principles. Imagine walking into a lobby where every piece tells a story of environmental stewardship. This approach appeals to eco-conscious travelers and sets a new standard in the industry, making them feel responsible and stylish.

By focusing on these techniques and materials, hospitality spaces are set to become both visually impressive and functionally exceptional in 2024.

Design Expectations from Modern Travelers

Modern travelers expect more than just a place to sleep; they seek spaces that enhance their overall experience. Hospitality interior design must now cater to these evolving demands.

Integration of Pet-Friendly Spaces

As more people travel with their pets, pet-friendly spaces have gone from a nice-to-have to a must-have. Travelers prefer staying in places that embrace their pets as family. Designers are responding by incorporating durable, easy-to-clean materials, innovative pet furniture, and dedicated pet relief and run areas. These spaces blend style with practicality, ensuring humans and their pets feel at home.

Designing for Economy and Value

Creating a luxurious experience doesn’t have to break the bank. Venues offering comfortable all-day spaces have seen up to a 30% increase in daily foot traffic, proving that comfort drives loyalty. Hospitality designs now focus on economic sensibility without sacrificing aesthetics. Multipurpose furniture, functional decor, and beautiful yet budget-friendly items make spaces inviting while keeping costs down.

Modern travelers expect a thoughtful design that balances comfort and economy, ensuring their stay is both enjoyable and affordable.


The latest developments in Hospitality design will revolutionize guest experiences in 2024 by incorporating innovative approaches and thoughtful details. By focusing on emotional connections and versatile designs, the industry is poised to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers. Quiet luxury, sustainable practices, and pet-friendly spaces are at the forefront of this transformation. As hotels continue to blend nostalgia with contemporary functionality, they create spaces that offer both luxury and value. The future of hospitality design is about aesthetics and creating meaningful, eco-friendly, and high-quality experiences for every guest.



Emily Warren, AIA, NCARB

Emily is celebrated for her insightful commentary and technical expertise. As a licensed architect with over a decade of professional experience, Emily boasts a rich background that spans high-end design, historic documentation, and sustainable development. She honed her skills with the National Park Service’s Historic Documentation Programs, mastering complex projects completed to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

Emily’s work is distinguished by meticulous attention to detail and a passion for advancing architectural knowledge. Her leadership and teaching capabilities, demonstrated by her guidance of interns and management of multimillion-dollar projects, underscore her commitment to fostering growth and excellence within the architectural community. Emily’s compelling narratives and technical prowess make her an invaluable voice in the field as she continues to inspire readers with her dedication and vision.

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Charlotte R. DeChant



As a young artist, Charlotte tailored her pre-architecture undergraduate degree at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, and completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. With her fresh eyes, she is an observer, analyst and critic of our processes, and her imagination inspires and contributes to our creativity. Of the partners, Charlotte’s willingness to raise the children fostered Doug’s ability to focus upon the practice.

She is a lifelong resident of Colorado, skied Vail in the early years as a child and remains an excellent bump skier (if the sun is shining). She was an original teammate of the Vail Breakaways, Vail’s first women’s hockey team. Charlotte’s vision includes an amazing gift for seeing, rescuing, restoring and placing cast-off furniture and other elements, giving the pieces valuable, renewed lives.

Douglas M. DeChant

Founding Partner/Principal


Architecture is more than a profession for Doug, our principal designer; it is a calling, understood since childhood. While a modernist at heart, his work reflects the necessary context of each setting and the voice of each client. He trained in the program of modernist and former Bauhaus Director Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, at Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture in Chicago. After working throughout the nation and overseas, Doug settled in Vail in 1985, where he met his wife, Charlotte. Together they founded the practice in 1989 and have enjoyed raising four amazing children.

Doug’s service has included the Eagle County, Colorado, Planning Commission; the faculty of the Byron Fellowship, an annual sustainable communities conference; panelist at the Summit for Creativity in La Jolla sponsored by The Design Futures Council; participation in local design review boards; youth sports coaching; and various lay-leadership positions in his church. In 2004, he conceived ‘Benevolent Architecture’, a proprietary service offering low-cost or no-cost architecture and consulting to worthy ministries and non-profits.  In 2005, Doug began to develop an intimate, artistic retreat and conference venue, Wellspring Ranch, LLC, relocating and restoring several historic Colorado structures upon a remarkable property outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and has been licensed in numerous states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Indiana, Georgia and Pennsylvania. He finds balance in guitar, sculpture, hiking, snowshoeing, golf and crafting various elements of his retreat venue. 

Tom Bashford


Tom, one of our most valued, gifted leaders, passed away unexpectedly in March 2017. Together with his joyful spirit and hilarious dry wit, he enhanced our studio with a wealth of design and management experience. Tom will never be replaced. He was the type of person, father, leader, and mentor to which we all aspire, and the fruit of his efforts will live on, in his son, in us, and in our projects.

Pam, Peraya Mongkolwongrojn


Peraya, Pam, is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, where she first became interested in Architecture from the rich spatial environment.  She explored Canada before moving to the States to pursue her passion for architecture. Pam went to the University of Arizona to earn a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree. During school, she energized a passion for the arts and drawing. 

In her free time, Pam enjoys exploring the great outdoors, hiking through Colorado’s scenic landscapes, and finding inspiration for her designs in nature. With a keen eye for detail and a creative approach to problem-solving, Pam has been involved in many of our custom residential homes. Her passion for the arts and drawing has influenced her design style, which incorporates elements of beauty and functionality. Pam’s commitment to excellence and her love for architecture make her a dedicated professional who strives to make a difference through her work.

As she continues to grow and learn in her field, Pam remains devoted to creating innovative spaces that enrich people’s lives and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Brett Lehr

Project Manager

Brett is a designer with a unique blend of expertise, holding an undergraduate degree in Media Arts from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and an M.Arch degree from the University of Nebraska. His diverse educational background has ignited a passion for utilizing realistic virtual environments to enhance the efficiency, enjoyment, and overall success of architectural design processes.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Brett finds joy in a variety of hobbies, including snow skiing, biking, fly fishing, golf, and hiking. Embracing the scenic wonders of the Vail Valley, he has found the perfect lifestyle fit, drawing creative inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty.

Laurie Baggott


Our studio is fortunate to have Laurie bring her considerable experience in business and finance to our daily operations. Among her many administrative responsibilities, she manages accounting, payroll and invoicing for us. When not busy here or as a private chef, she avidly hikes in our beautiful summers and snowshoes in the winter.

Patricia Marcine


Earning her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 2016 was just the beginning. From there, Trish headed to Europe, to study at the Graz University of Technology in Austria and work at the Aedes Architekturforum. Then she determined it was time to return to the Rocky Mountains. We became beneficiaries of her delightful, collaborative spirit when she joined our studio in early 2018. Her savvy technical support and inspired design voice enhance each project, while her design comprehension and growth demonstrate that she has a future with much to offer the profession. As a lifelong artist, Trish’s search for a practical art form and meaningful profession has been fulfilled by custom residential architecture, where “…not a day truly feels like work.”

Trish grew up in Northern New Jersey, playing club and varsity soccer, enjoying ski club with friends, and learning to snowboard at a young age. As a teen, she competed in various equestrian events, highlighted by working for Frank and Mary Chapot to train Olympic-level show jumpers. Eventually, faster hobbies were necessary, and Trish became a driving instructor for the SCCA and track-day rider on her CBR600RR. She’s also been an enthusiastic racer on our company’s ‘ski team’. When a new project surfaces, she’s pleased to slow down enough to collaborate with the team.

Emily Warren


Emily joined us from the DC area, lured by the mountains, our core values and our creative environment. She earned a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degrees from SUNY Buffalo’s School of Architecture & Planning, with a minor in Earth System Science.

Through her wonderfully infectious spirit, Emily eagerly contributes diverse knowledge and experience, having worked on historic National Park Service documentation, and urban high-density residential projects facing strict constraints. She is a productive and dedicated team player who thrives through learning and contributing to the growth of others. Her detail, project management and organizational skills are exceptional. Emily is licensed in Maryland, and nationally accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Emily is passionate about youth empowerment, with considerable experience teaching and mentoring in schools and camps. She’s an ardent weightlifter, hiker and nature enthusiast, embracing the Vail Valley’s active, outdoor lifestyle.

Cam Frey


Cam was introduced to Colorado’s rivers and mountains at an early age, returning annually from Michigan with his family to fly-fish and hike near the small mining town of Creede. His interest in design and architecture was ignited by his high school drafting teacher, who instilled a balanced approach to design through technology and craft. Cam received his BA from UNC, Chapel Hill, followed by a few years of medical research before heading West to earn his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. There he became interested in the interdisciplinary study of Biomimicry; an approach to solving design problems by looking to nature. Not coincidentally, this interest, the stunning landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor lifestyle led Cam back to Colorado in 2014. He joined us in 2017, quickly becoming a central piece of our culture and project management structure.

Cam serves on the Design Review Committee of the Arrowhead at Vail community, is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and licensed Architect in the state of Colorado.

His other pursuits include fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, and a good game of euchre…, and the list continues to grow. He is married to a wonderfully talented children’s book illustrator, and dotes on his young son.

Ben Marion


From an early age, Ben had a pen in hand and a curiosity for exploring both natural and built environments. Much of his adolescence was spent drawing what he observed, balanced with his passions for cross-country skiing the New England forests and playing soccer as far away as Europe. Like many of us, Ben arrived in Colorado as an adult, following a lifelong passion to further pursue the resort lifestyle. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he practiced with some of the finest architects and builders in the region, creating fine homes and other structures. His broad experience includes California mountain resort homes, as well as mixed-use and commercial structures, peppered with an interesting mix of furniture building and construction. In our studio, Ben is a strong design voice and outstanding project manager, leading by quiet example as he mentors our emerging leaders.

Ben remains passionate about skiing and soccer, coaching both youth sports locally. Travel remains in his blood as he and his family explore the west in their vintage 1967 camper.

Bert Willemse


Bert found a home away from home in the Vail Valley while exploring North America’s most beautiful landscapes on a post-graduation road trip…, from his hometown of Bellvale, New York to Wasilla, Alaska. He had completed his studies at SUNY Buffalo and apprenticed with two well-known firms in New York’s Hudson Valley area before joining our studio. As the son of a general contractor Bert gained practical construction knowledge with hands-on experience in the field. His many professional attributes are exceeded only by his wonderful, collaborative spirit.

Naturally, Bert is an active individual who embraces hiking, biking and skiing in our amazing Colorado mountains.

Adam H. Harrison

NCARB, LEED AP / Principal


After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture in 1994 and working as an intern for three years at Fujikawa Johnson and Associates in Chicago, Adam packed his van and toured America to determine where he might settle; he found Vail and Shepherd Resources in September of 1997. After growing from intern to project manager to associate, Adam began transitioning into ownership in 2017 and became a principal owner in early 2020. As a dedicated designer, Adam loves collaborating with his fellow architects and interns while managing a busy studio.

His priorities are rooted in sustainability, strong leadership skills, and staff mentoring to uphold the core values of the practice. He is licensed in Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina and serves as the chairman of the Red Sky Ranch Design Review Board. Adam enjoys golf, mountain biking, skiing, music, and any activity involving his daughter Bellalee. Adam has been practicing for a quarter century and looks forward to designing and collaborating for another quarter century; the opportunity to doodle a quick sketch, with the future opportunity of walking through such a doodle fuels his creativity and passion for design.

Adam H. Harrison

NCARB, LEED AP / Principle


As a young artist, Charlotte tailored her pre-architecture undergraduate degree at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, and completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. With her fresh eyes, she is an observer, analyst and critic of our processes, and her imagination inspires and contributes to our creativity. Of the partners, Charlotte’s willingness to raise the children fostered Doug’s ability to focus upon the practice.

She is a lifelong resident of Colorado, skied Vail in the early years as a child and remains an excellent bump skier (if the sun is shining). She was an original teammate of the Vail Breakaways, Vail’s first women’s hockey team. Charlotte’s vision includes an amazing gift for seeing, rescuing, restoring and placing cast-off furniture and other elements, giving the pieces valuable, renewed lives.