advice from designer Shalini Misra • Hotel Designs

Interior designer Shalini Misra, who will join us on Hotel Designs LIVE’s virtual sofa in August for a surface design panel discussion, recognizes that the lifestyle of his clients is central to the design of rooms. interiors of the studio and their well-being. Well-being is intrinsic to a healthy and successful lifestyle and the studio integrates it into their spaces by examining the physical, emotional and aesthetic sides and by drawing on effects for each of our senses – another subject than we will explore at Hotel Designs LIVE. Wellness incorporates the use of sustainable natural materials, a wide flow of natural light and air, intelligent use of artificial light, creating versatility in the layout to meet social spaces and pockets of privacy for personal reflection and free space, adding value to clients’ existing rooms through upcycling, and using color to refine the ambience of spaces.

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“Our environment affects the way we feel on a daily basis and it has never been more important for us to embrace the concept of well-being – intrinsic, as it is, for our own happiness and our ability to lead. a successful life in difficult times, ”said Misra. “So, for those of you who know us, you won’t be surprised that this is part of our styling process, and we place great importance on the idea of ​​incorporating wellness into the projects we do.” let’s undertake. “

Well-being is not just about interiors, but also the wider environment, which the studio achieves by researching materials with lasting attributes and using existing pieces such as vintage pieces.

Misra kindly shares her tips for injecting well-being into design – and the vital areas she examines when designing her projects.


Sustainability and well-being in design travel together on parallel paths. Opt for durable materials like linoleum, floral leather, cork for furniture and wall and floor finishes and incorporate existing pieces such as vintage items. The use of the latest technologies also guarantees an efficient use of energy in the spaces. Using computer calculations that map the movement of the sun, you can decide how much cooling and heating is needed for a space.

Healthy interiors

Colorful lounge inside Aberdare Gardens

Image Credit: Aberdare Gardens / Shalini Misra / Mel Yates

Home decor can improve your health and well-being in many ways. Ensure that natural light and air circulation in spaces are effective. Create quiet and peaceful private areas bringing nature inside. Always use natural materials and organize your space efficiently to create a good working environment. “We will always strive to ensure that our guests enjoy their home and maximize their well-being by examining the physical, emotional and aesthetic aspects of how the spaces in their home function,” said Misra. “We will organize the space, in consultation with you, to forge its flawless functioning, using sustainable and natural materials wherever possible and ensuring sufficient air and natural light flow and also using light. artificial in the smartest way possible.

Color and mood

The color of a room can evoke certain emotions. Bold reds and yellows, for example, are known to be energizing, uplifting, and motivating. In contrast, blue is a calming color that calms the mind and promotes intellectual creativity, while green brings balance and harmony. Of course, neutral colors such as whites, grays and taupes bring a soothing serenity and a harmony between well-being and design. Through the use of color, a mood can be created which influences the emotional well-being of customers. By using a color appropriate to the primary use of each room, we can enhance the purpose of the space.

Making an impression doesn’t just come down to the first room you come across, the entire design must have moments of impact, whether through the art, the views through the windows and interior spaces, the architectural volumes or color and texture.


With upcycling becoming an integral part of any project, the studio examines clients’ existing parts and sees what can be reused, modified, or moved to ensure that no existing parts are wasted. It is part of the sustainability side of our designs.


Through the intelligent use of lighting and the latest technologies, we create flexible lighting moods, making spaces versatile and beautiful.

Meditation spaces

Image Credit: Farm House Project / Shalini Misra / Mel Yates

Image Credit: Farm House Project / Shalini Misra / Mel Yates

Depending on the size of your space, you may want to dedicate an entire room to meditation. While turning an empty room into a holistic meditation space is certainly a great use of your surroundings, you don’t have to dedicate an entire room to wellness. Instead, you can create space in an existing room and create a versatile environment that lends itself to peace and quiet.

Ideally, you will want to choose a “low traffic” area, which will allow you to meditate undisturbed. It can be a corner of a bedroom or a space in a guest room. You can even turn a quiet part of your living room – or living room – into a holistic meditation space if you wish.

Having a dedicated meditation space can certainly improve your practice and encourage you to meditate regularly, but you can easily extend the design and style of your meditation space throughout your home. In doing so, you will create a calming, welcoming and tranquil environment that constantly enhances your well-being and reflects your unique personality.

Main image credit: Shalini Misra / Mel Yates

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