With the world's attention focusing on the British capital for the beginning of the summer Olympics, we discover The Ampersand, a new boutique hotel that will open its doors in the South Kensington neighbourhood at the end of August.
The design of its 111 rooms and suites is absolutely magnificent, drawing inspiration from the music of the Royal Albert Hall and the flowers of the Chelsea Physic Garden, both located nearby, among other attractions. It is the perfect blend of contemporary decor and English elegance: it doesn't take much more to be charmed and inspired by a few ideas.
To guide the design of The Ampersand Boutique Hotel, the blending of textures seems to have been the main focus, and this is shown in various ways. The bedrooms feature rich tapestries in combination with padded headboards and elegant furnishings. In the reception area, loveseats in bold prints rival the opulence of equally ornate carpets. In the hotel restaurant, coarse bricks, polished bricks, marble and wood blend very well. However, the flourish of this blend of textures and styles takes full effect in the lounge.
The Ampersand is a colourful hotel, to say the least. Many royal blue and turquoise accents punctuate the neutral brown, beige and grey rooms. At times, touches of cherry red and yellow give some radiance to the decor.
What makes The Ampersand stands out are the many inspired trends, the blend of textures, the use of oversized print tapestry, as well as the resurgence of large moulding.
The elegant decoration of The Ampersand is very inspiring and rich in interior design lessons. Among the many trends to remember, note that by incorporating rural decoration elements into a modern linear environment, you will obtain a room with a sophisticated and warm setting.
[Main Photo via Dexter Moren Associates]