To be completely up front, not all of the rooms at Rome's Portrait Suites Hotel are small by city standards. Some of them are quite large, yet they still advertise these spaces as "studios" within a townhouse that's been recently redesigned by Florentine architect/designer Michele Bonan. The idea behind the rooms is a dark, moody aesthetic that can translate really well into small spaces.
The hotel is located above a men's shop on Via Condotti, and its design is inspired by the dark grays and blacks of a tailored suit against the crisp white of a shirt. There are lots of high-contrast details in the rooms, like white frames on a black wall or natural wood furnishings with sleek steel accents.
It's worth noting that the palette is pretty neutral, and textures are what cause the most contrast between surfaces. Black marble complements and contrasts with ebony wood, while mirrored surfaces reflect opaque, woolen fabrics.
We really love the dark walls. Thanks to the choice of materials—particularly painted and stained wood—the colors feel very rich and deep, which helps the walls feel like they're receding. It's a nice, subtle trick that's difficult to pull of but feels great when it works.
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Photos: Portrait Suites, Rome