Hobart Boutique Hotel Style has come a long way since we came here in 2002. Then we were hard pressed to find many boutique hotels which incorporated the style and amenity that we were used to enjoying elsewhere.
Of course, ‘Style’ is a subjective thing. And the style that you might choose to have at home might not be the style that you look for in a boutique hotel.
At The Woodbridge we have embraced the minimalist heuristic. Clean lines, reductive, uncluttered, monochromatic, simplicity, “less is more” – these are some of the concepts that immediately come to mind.
It’s impossible to deny the serenity and simple beauty when confronted with a resolved minimalist interior. But achieving this look is more deliberate and frankly, difficult.
“Minimalism is about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and accentuating the attractive architectural features of a space. The palette is mostly monochromatic and color is used as an accent,” says Sharon Blaustein, principal designer at B Interior LLC. “I think minimalism and functionality go hand in hand. A minimalist-designed space incorporates an open floor plan, lots of light, and simple line, comfortable furnishings. All these create a soothing and inviting space that has a timeless aesthetic.”
“Minimalism allows something other than the space to be the focus. For example … the view from the window might be more important than the room’s decoration,” says Robert Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design. “[Everything] should be functional and add value to the space. You still need all of the items in a space for it to function. But in minimalist decor, ‘form’ is very important. (Every element) need(s) to speak to one another and relate in regards to things like line, color, mass, etc. They must work well together in their basic shape.”
The idea of uncluttered and clean space is truly a driver behind the minimalist movement. “We need functionality and practicality that blends with no superfluous embellishments. Shapes should be quite uncomplicated, and colors and textures should harmoniously blend,” says Annette Frommer of Annette Frommer Interior Design
She notes that there are firsthand benefits she has seen from employing a minimalist design aesthetic in her projects. “It has a calming effect to live in a well-designed and uncluttered space. …It creates a calm haven for living.”
Many of our guests have extremely active lives. They come to The Woodbridge to escape the everyday busyness. They come to relax. Other guests may not lead such busy everyday lives but they are very busy having fun while they are on holiday.
They want the rooms at the Woodbridge to be restful, not stimulating to the eye.
Our rooms use the squares of the Georgian windows as the dominant design element. This design element is repeated throughout – even the in-ceiling lights have square stainless steel borders. The colour palette favours the muted, neutral tones typical of Georgian architecture. Cushions and throws provide contrasting pops of colour. Furniture is simple and functional. Window shutters are preferred to curtaining. Even the artwork is simple in composition.
And yes, at The Woodbridge the view from the window is certainly more dominant than anything inside!
The minimalist aesthetic has an additional benefit. It is ‘healthy, and in more ways than one! Firstly, the uncluttered, smooth lines minimise house dust and is ideal for those with allergies. And significantly, in these uncertain times, a minimalist design aesthetic facilitates COVID deep cleaning practices. It’s a win, win, win!