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September 1, 2015
Take a cue from the pros with design tips ripped from some of our favorite hotels around the world.
The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

Designer Sean Knibb didn't shy away from agressive materials like concrete in the design of The Line Hotel in Los Angeles. To keep things from feeling too stark, the designer added softer elements like cloth lanterns and Mexican blanket chairs accent the otherwise simple interiors—easy additions to any bedroom that skews to tough. 

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The Line Hotel
Originally appeared in The 10 Best-Designed Hotels in America
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Vintage Danish furniture in the lobby of the Hotel Alexandra in Copenhagen

Suites at Copenhagen's Hotel Alexandra are inspired by renowned Danish designers of the 1950s and '60s like the iconic Verner Panton. This seating area shows how modern midcentury furniture can look when pieces are casually assembled. The graphic white and black walls and on-trend oriental rug help keep the scene from feeling too dated. 

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Hotel Alexandra
Originally appeared in 4 Copenhagen Hotels That Combine Good Design and Green Sensibility
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Guest room with green wall at the Drake Devonshire

Designer John Tong and his team custom designed the beds in the guestrooms at Canada's Drake Devonshire hotel; Multiflex fabricated them. The Monocle sconce from Rich Brilliant Willing offers light for nighttime reading. The designer scoured flea markets for vintage pieces and sourced accessories from local artisans to create the casual, lived-in feeling. He maintains that there isn’t a formula for mixing the elements. “It’s kind of like putting ingredients into a meal,” he says. “You have to taste as you’re cooking.”  

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Nikolas Koenig
Originally appeared in Modern Boutique Hotel in a 19th-Century Foundry
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hotel room daniel vienna hammock

Vienna's minimalist Hotel Daniel has no minibars or closets in any of its 115 guest rooms. While we won't be doing away with our storage anytime soon, it's a nice reminder that the bedroom should be a sanctuary. Maybe just put away the screens. 

Originally appeared in A Modern Design Hotel in Vienna
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Bedroom with custom nightstand

In Center City Philadelphia, Morris Adjmi Architects designed ROOST, a hotel for long-term stays in a 1920s building complete with plenty of original details. While the structure itself is ornate, the rooms favor a subdued color palette of neturals and pastels that simply sends us dreaming.  

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Originally appeared in For a Week or Month, You Can Pretend This Hotel Is Your Own Modern Apartment
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The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

Designer Sean Knibb didn't shy away from agressive materials like concrete in the design of The Line Hotel in Los Angeles. To keep things from feeling too stark, the designer added softer elements like cloth lanterns and Mexican blanket chairs accent the otherwise simple interiors—easy additions to any bedroom that skews to tough. 

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