While we’ve stayed in some cute Airbnbs over the years, I have always been on Team Hotel. And why wouldn’t I be? There’s perfectly crisp bedding, bougie bath products, someone else to make the bed each day, and a design-forward attention to detail. We recently stayed at The Robey Chicago and it was full of inspirational elements that I thought you’d enjoy.
An Accent Wall
Accent walls don’t get enough love, but it’s such a simple way to ground a bed in an otherwise simple room. Of course, The Robey didn’t just stop at the most perfect deep grey-green hue; they also added textured glass panels between the bedroom and bathroom to let softly diffused light pass through. The latter isn’t practical for day-to-day life, but it’s beautiful in a hotel. I also liked how the diamond pattern on the glass was contrasted by a different geometric pattern in the perforated sconce shades.
Red is a bold choice in a lot of spaces, but there’s just enough red here to pop against the green walls without becoming too much of a “Moment” and distracting from the rest of the space.
Elsewhere in the room, the neutral palette allowed textures to stand out. There’s a soft knit rug, a canvas-y couch, a woven bench, marble tabletops, and drapery to hide storage. It’s a good reminder that in a room with such a strong focal point, like the accent wall, the other elements can play a supporting role.
The bathroom echoes the design features in the main space with the accent wall and complimentary colors. However, the most striking element here (and in the room’s entrance) is the painted ceiling. The deep color draws attention to the height of the ceiling while creating a cozy and cohesive feeling.
My favorite part of The Robey is how the designers pulled inspiration from the historic building it’s housed in through a modern-meets-traditional design. The vintage-inspired pedestal sink is offset by a floating toilet. There are playful elements like the push-button light switches marked with label-maker stickers. Original trim is painted in the same deep green as the modern accent wall. And that wall color? It pays homage to the ironwork on the exterior.
For the record, this wasn’t sponsored — although I wish it were! I just absolutely loved the design of the space and wanted to share it with you. It’s a wonderful location that’s close to nightlife, but an easy train ride into Chicago’s downtown. Plus, the shower had the best water pressure of any hotel I’ve stayed in!
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