Following the success of their first two publications Creating Hospitality Design and 101 Hotel Rooms, Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, co-managing director of JOI-Design, conceived this new book in partnership with Professor Axel Venn, an expert in colour physiology and psychology, and trend researcher Janina Venn-Rosky.
As the first academic study to specifically investigate color design for hotel environments, its content is based not only upon JOI-Design's extensive interior design experience but also upon research conducted especially for this report. "Under the guidance of Professor Venn, color collections have been intuitively labelled with phrases such as international, nostalgic, luxurious, discreet and plain to express the inherent spirit of each palette. We call these compilations JOI-Colours," explained Corinna.
The 448-page book includes 120 terms supported by their associated hues, color maps, and concepts alongside concrete examples of their application through a wide range of hotel scenes. In addition, RAL, the most popular guideline in Europe for color standardization, is planning a corresponding color fan to accompany the book.
Research was conducted through a series of test groups involving a wide range of ages, personalities and professions. Using a lexicon of adjectives selected for their tendency to evoke emotional responses, participants translated their feelings about the phrases into painted watercolor samples.
Contributors were free to create the shades and patterns they felt best represented each word within 8cmx8cm squares.
Once all the samples were complete, Axel and Janina examined each square one-by-one, objectively assessing the hues, shapes and percentage of color value in each image using proprietary software honed over years of research.
The overall results were then collated, enabling the researchers to observe where there was strong agreement amongst the participants as to the correlation between certain colours and words. This analysis formed the basis for the book's RAL charts which rank 240 of the most important colors for hotels according to relevance and significance - although hundreds of additional nuances are illustrated throughout the chapters.
These codified palettes are spread throughout the book's six chapters which identify major themes within hotel design: luxury; regeneration; family oriented; dreams and poetry; destinations for connoisseurs and bohemians; and those created with distinct regional styles. Within each chapter, adjectives are grouped into sets of four based upon the similarities shared by their associated colors. Color maps provide detailed explanations of the analysis of each phrase as well as the individual paintings which support it.
The next page then displays a grid of the grouping's shared colors, each of which has been assigned a unique RAL identification number.
Following this are photos which demonstrate how these palettes have been interpreted within a hotel's interiors concept created by JOI-Design. Further insight into each project can be found in the book's index.
Included with the book is a useful tool that enables readers to further explore colour combinations, a double-sided template with cut-out grids. Its white side is better suited for a crisp, unblurred assessment of the nuances of very bright shades, while the black side brings medium-to-dark colors together more harmoniously.
In addition, a wide variety of furnishings and fabrics illustrate the color concepts; their manufacturers are also listed in the index, providing readers with a practical resource in order to weave these ideas into their own designs.
"By venturing into this groundbreaking territory, we have created a unique and valuable reference for a wide range of readers, from interior and graphic designers to architects, project developers, investors, operators hoteliers and students," commented Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk. "As the first book of its kind, Colours for Hotels unravels the instinctual associations made between words, feelings, shapes and colors to provide fascinating insight into the way this synaesthesia shapes the atmosphere of hotels"