3 Small-Space Tricks From London’s Hottest New Hotel
Inside the Standard’s just-opened location.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:01 AM
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London’s calling—and it’s ready to help you with your tiny-home woes. The Standard just opened a brand-new, 266-room location in the city’s center. Not only is the hotel brimming with vibrant colors and punchy tilework, it also happens to offer some of the best inspiration for small spaces we’ve seen on that side of the Atlantic.
The Standard London is housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, and its interiors are an homage to the city itself (think: reception-area artwork by North London artist Lubna Chowdhary and staff uniforms dreamed up by acclaimed British fashion designer Craig Green). Of course, there’s also your fair share of red and blue; but in unusual shades, like pale aqua and deep scarlet, the combo feels anything but expected. Our favorite spots, however, are the guest rooms: Each features a design trick or three that you’ll want to try in your own space.
Here, take a peek at London’s hottest new hotel, and bookmark these three small-space tips we found inside.
Take a Platform Bed to the Next, Well, Platform
We see your IKEA Malm bed and raise you a bed frame entirely concocted out of cupboards and drawers. In this sunny guest room, storage is maximized by combining a dresser and a bed into one built-in. Our only question: Where to store the tiny ladder undoubtedly needed to crawl under the sheets?
Hide Your Shelves, Hide Your Clutter
Not ready to Kondo your belongings? Hide them instead. The genius hanging bar in this room features a wooden rolling cover that can be pulled down to conceal its contents.
When in Doubt, Paint It
In the bathrooms, the vanities’ pink and mint green drawers make something as mundane as a mesh towel rack feel fresh. The coordinating faucets don’t hurt either.
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