5 Design Ideas from The NoMad Hotel

We all have that one friend whose home looks effortlessly cool. The kind of home where everything is just right, but looks as if it took a weekend to throw together. The rooms in the NoMad hotel have this same appeal — hip, casual, and definitely worth emulating at home.

Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, the NoMad is located in a revived Beaux Arts building in — naturally — the NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. While the reception area, library and bar are gorgeous, they're a little dramatic for home design. The rooms, however, are full of ideas for apartment living, from filling small spaces to dealing with awkward doorways.


  1. Sick of gallery walls? Try hanging your art in an even, horizontal line around the room. It looks cool and nicely shows off each piece.
  2. Take advantage of tiny spaces. In this room, the wall between the windows could have easily been overlooked. Instead, it cleverly houses a small desk that adds dimension while also being useful.
  3. Hang a neutral curtain over an awkward doorway. Paired with neutral walls, this curtain looks elegant and visually expands the space, while providing privacy.
  4. Try a bold hue on half the wall. If you want to try a bright color, but are too nervous to do an entire room, try doing an accent panel partway up the walls.
  5. Group lights together. We say it time and time again — accent lights make your home look bigger and more welcoming. Here, a sconce and a floor light are paired together in the same corner — they each serve a purpose and together they add an eclectic touch to the room.

For more information, see The NoMad Hotel.

(Images: Benoit Linero for The NoMad Hotel via Yatzer)