Style inspiration from the world’s best international hotels

International inspiration never goes astray, and these boutique hotels know a thing or two about enviable style.

QH LOVES: Vintage touches and iconic furniture make a definite statement of cool.

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Play around with shapes and styles, pairing hard edges with softer, fluid lines to create visual interest. The savvy use of wall mounted timber display boxes is a stark visual contrast to the bold stripes and curves of the chair, and the interesting angles of the stairs and ceiling.

QH LOVES: Polished concrete and natural timbers make an unlikely combination.

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Don’t be defined by styles or trends – mix antique and exotic, or rustic with contemporary for an eclectic approach to design. This room by interior designer Zohra Boukhari cleverly blends the best of Balinese architecture with ornate touches like the chandelier and antique French bed.

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Think of different ways to finish off your surfaces. Here, the curvaceous lines of the ceiling are a surprising contrast to the hard lines of the timber clad feature wall. Keeping the furniture low, and adding bursts of saturated accent colour keep this room in the retro zone.

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QH LOVES: A pop of bright colour is a bold approach to an old Oriental favourite.

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Take inspiration from bathrooms around the world to create a sublime bathing space. We have the perfect climate in summer for an outdoor bathroom, in the style of Bali and Thailand (and we love the clever addition of a mosquito net over the bath tub, as seen here!). Or indulge in an Arabian fantasy by using decorative timber fretwork or laser cut timber screens around a sunken terrazzo tub. Heavenly!

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QH LOVES: Rustic timber and stone, and a splash of bright colour = modern exotic style.

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QH LOVES: Traditional Turkish ceramic bowls and glamorous gold laminate

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If you have a statement piece of furniture, like this stunning oversized bath tub, then pare back its surroundings to give it centre stage.This simple and chic bathroom setting is minimal without giving in to boring. A single decorative stone wall hanging completes the muted ambience — perfect for blissful bathing!

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Sophisticated and chic, black, white and grey are all about pure contemporary style. We love the lines of these two rooms – from the statement bed frame and dark doorway of the bedroom, to the large black picture frame hugged by the clever built-in shelving, the eye is drawn in unimpeded. Simple but effective visual impact.

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QH LOVES: Eclectic style! Be brave. Be bold. And most of all, have fun with your interiors. Your home is a reflection of your personality and your world.

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