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By Neharika Padala | November 17 2014
The iconic Grand Hôtel in Stockholm has completed an extensive refurbishment of its hotel rooms and corner suite on the fourth floor. The new rooms now have a stylish, contemporary interior with bespoke wallpaper, select fabrics and room detailing in an eclectic style, characteristic of 1874, the year the hotel was built.
The new fourth floor hotel rooms feature three distinctive interior decor styles specially designed for The Grand Hôtel. Two of them feature Chinoiserie-style wallpaper in different colour schemes. The third features painted walls and stucco details, with a recurring element of the North Star and the Sun. The rooms and suite have been designed by Sanna Nathanson, an interior designer who has been involved in previous room renovation projects at the hotel.
Pia Djupmark, CEO of The Grand Hôtel commented:
“The Grand Hôtel is a Stockholm destination in its own right, one that should always feel relevant and contemporary. In order to meet the high expectations of our guests, we strive to continuously develop our offering, an important part of which is the refurbishment on the fourth floor. We are very pleased with the result of the refurbishment, just as we were with previous renovations at the hotel. I think we have succeeded in capturing what is quintessentially Swedish, while at the same time giving the rooms an international character.”
The colour palette of the new rooms includes light green, emerald green and beige, with red, grey, sand and cream accents. The corner suite has grey wall panels, gold mouldings and greenish blue fabrics. The eclectic style of 1874 comes through in the hand sewn decorative cushions in exclusive silk, with fringes, tassels and ribbons on both the furniture and textiles, and in exciting details in the furniture selection such as leather-clad desk chairs with nailhead detail.
“The new hotel rooms have a lovely, warm tone. Especially rewarding is the play between Sweden and France in details such as the North Star juxtaposed with the Sun, given that the founder of the Grand Hôtel, Régis Cadier, was French and that the hotel has a distinct French heritage. This creates a playfulness that I really like,” said interior designer, Sanna Nathanson.
The three room types
In the first room type, the walls are decorated in wallpaper specially made for The Grand Hôtel, in an emerald green colourway, with a Chinoiserie-style bird motif, which was typical in Sweden for that period. The accent colour in these rooms is primarily red, a contrast to the light tones of the soft Trevira taffeta curtains and fabrics, which add an exquisite silk feel. All the rooms have parquet floors, another classic Swedish element, with thick wool carpets and touches of silk.
The second room type features light green wallpaper, similar to that of the first room type. These rooms are decorated in light tones, with sand and cream accents and emerald green decorative cushions, making up a sheer colour palette that is characteristically Swedish.
The third room type, known as the Cognac room type, is painted in shades of beige, with distinct stucco and woodwork details, giving an impressive aura of elegance. Gold, grey and red accents are found throughout the room. The armchairs are upholstered in a horsehair fabric, a classically Swedish textile. The room type also features interesting stucco details in the form of stars. Here, a parallel can be drawn to “the Sun and North Star”, as France and Sweden were known historically, with France represented by a mirror in the shape of the sun and Sweden portrayed in the stars in the stucco work and on the sideboard. This French-Swedish connection is a key part of the Grand Hôtel’s heritage, the hotel being founded in 1874 by Frenchman Régis Cadier.
The fourth floor also houses a suite, hotel room 450, decorated in a unique, one-of-a-kind style with a light colour palette, featuring grey wall panels, gold mouldings and greenish blue textiles. The grey foundation is classically Swedish, while the green and lagoon toned accent colours add a more contemporary feel. Another distinctive Swedish element is the rock cap fern motif on the bedside lamps.
All the artwork in the suite is from The Grand Hôtel collection, reframed before hanging. Pieces include a photograph of the King and Queen of Sweden at a gala in the Hall of Mirrors, illustrating a clear connection between the stucco and pattern details on the walls in the picture and the walls of the suite.
Measuring a sizable 57 metres, this two-room suite features a separate bedroom and parquet floors in both rooms.
Rich in history and tradition, Grand Hôtel Stockholm dates back more than 140 years and occupies a prime position on the city’s waterfront next to the National Museum and opposite the Royal Palace and Old Town. The Parliament buildings and Royal Opera House are within view, the best shopping district is less than minutes away and the departure point for boats to the archipelago is situated just 25-metres from the hotel.
(Source: The Grand Hôtel Stockholm)