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Design, Trends

Room & Board Releases Top 5 Trends in Hospitality Design

Room & Board, which recently participated in the boutique design hospitality fair BDNY, at the Javits Center in New York, releases its top-five design directions in the sector.

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Room & Board's Business Interiors division debuts its trend-focused hospitality products at BDNY.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Hospitality spaces are being reimagined and refined at a faster pace than ever before, adapting to evolving trends, preferences, and needs, according to a recent hospitality trend report released by Room & Board at the specialty fair hosted in New York Nov. 14-15, after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

"When it comes to the future of hospitality design, the focus is on making guests feel like they’re right at home," the Room & Board Business Interiors hospitality trend report states.

Room & Board Business Interiors’ (BI), the American-made home furnishing company’s commercial arm, focused its latest showcased products on creating home-like hospitality settings. Combining the durability of contract-grade performance with the brand’s signature residential-style, Business Interiors’ new offerings bring liveable luxury and home-like ease to hospitality spaces. Among the debuts are collaborations with two iconic American-made brands, Cambria and True Refrigeration, and two North Carolina-made lounge pieces, crafted with ACTR performance textiles and sustainable materials.

“Working together with like-minded reputable and forward-thinking brands and American artisans, Business Interiors was able to bring furniture to the hospitality industry in a new and innovative way that fulfills this growing desire to feel at home in our spaces,'' said Nicole Gaynor, business customer experience manager for Room & Board Business Interiors. “As the world begins to travel, dine out and return to the workplace, these special collaborations and signature pieces embrace our longing for a change of scenery in a safe and comforting way.”

The fall 2021 business interiors catalog can be viewed here.

Among the top five design trends outlined by Room & Board BI in its trend report are as follows:


Room & Board Business interiors showcased its new Amherst storage cabinet with True Refrigeration at BDNY.

This past year, the incorporation of residential-inspired elements into hospitality spaces has evolved into a major design trend that is likely to become an industry standard. Having been at the forefront of “resimercial” (before it was even a word), Room & Board
Business Interiors has a specialty for designing commercial-grade products that make hospitality spaces look and feel like home.


Room & Board's Aztec-inspired hand-knotted Tulum rug features a plush and dense texture.

Choosing the perfect mix of color, texture, and fabric is key when designing a commercial space. When it comes down to it, it’s the little details that create a memorable guest experience. Performance fabrics with unique, plush, and unexpected textures offer richness and a sense of comfort to the space, giving guests a multi-sensory experience.

Designed by Room & Board and created in collaboration with Cambria, the Pren Collection of storage cabinets and
tables are crafted by West Virginia artisans with U.S.-sourced solid wood.

There’s a growing desire for intrinsically good, eco-friendly designs. With a focus on creating furniture that is kinder to the planet, sustainability is a thread woven through everything Room & Board Business Interiors does.


Room & Board's Omni sectional outdoor sofa marries plush cushions with outdoor fabrics.
A well-designed and comfortable outdoor area provides both restaurants and hotels an important extension of usable space. Guests love having an airy, relaxing environment they can use to lounge, sip a glass of wine and socialize. 


Room & Board's mid-century-inspired Aria dining table is handmade in Wisconsin.
As more people work from anywhere, the need for creative office spaces just keeps growing—lobbies with multiple seating and co-working spaces are a must now. Various types of seating support a seamless flow from lounging to working to dining.

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, so does the need for inviting, safe and adaptable spaces. It’s those personal and innovative touches that help guests feel at home and keep them coming back.
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