A Look Inside The 21c Museum Hotel

A Look Inside The 21c Museum Hotel

Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 3, 2009

The 21c Museum Hotel calls Louisville, Kentucky home. Normally when you think high end hotels decked out with amazing artwork, we aren't usually thinking Kentucky—but maybe we should be. The best part is, there's several great ideas you can borrow to use in your own home. Click through to see more...

In 2006 by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, philanthropists and art collectors had a vision for bringing contemporary art into people's daily lives. They did so by creating the 21C Museum Hotel, which was recently selected as the #1 hotel in the United States and #6 hotel in the world in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards for 2009 (the only US hotel in which to do so). It's not hard to see why, it'd been decked out with amazing artwork choices and is very forward with their thinking in design. It functions not only as a hotel, but also an exhibition space.

We'd be more than happy to spend a night, or even just an afternoon walking around oogling all the amazing things to see. There's scissors in a chandelier and penguins in the lobby, they've truly created a magical place to get away.

We think several of their ideas could be repeated in your own home, make sure to be on the lookout for oversized artwork that has gone unframed and mounted instead. There's also a hint of wildlife or nature in each room that blends nicely with a wide selection of colors in each space. Their style is comforting, yet aspects of it are completely unexpected (onions over the bed anyone?) which make for a curious adventure in every room. Make sure to check out more on their beautiful collected pieces over at 21c Museum Hotel.

Would you recreate any of their looks in your space? We're itching to find an animal statue to paint gold, how fun is that headboard? Let us know your favorite look in the comments below!

(Image: 21c Museum Hotel)

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