Tamara Sypult leads Omni Royal Orleans redesign

The Omni Royal Orleans debuted a renovated look at its New Orleans. The $15-million project, led by Tamara Sypult of Interior Design Workshop (IDW) in San Francisco, modernized guestrooms, installed 24 new wrought iron balconies and enhanced public spaces.

Drawing inspiration from the sites and scenes of New Orleans, the hotel's new design incorporates the area's culture through various color palettes and artwork. The hotel's color scheme of ice blue, gold, chocolate brown and rust were influenced by the surrounding city's sunsets and décor. To complement these colors, hotel walls include artwork and photography from local artists, all highlighting Louisiana imagery. Commissioned furniture designs were based on pieces found throughout the New Orleans antique district.

Newly-renovated guestrooms and suites have been updated with custom-designed furniture and modern technologies, including flat-screen TVs. To offer views of the French Quarter, the property added 24 balconies to guestrooms and suites, bringing the grand total number of balcony rooms throughout the hotel to 49. The balconies pay homage to the area's Colonial Spanish and French architectural styles.

Custom carpeting by Shaw Contract Group includesdesigns that mimic the ornamental lace ironwork of the balconies found throughout the city, while drapery fabric was fashioned after a reduced-scale pattern of the same ironwork design. Meanwhile, new artwork in guestrooms, as well as in the corridors was inspired by local imagery and includes a series of images snapped by local photographer Louis Sahuc.

Renovated public spaces throughout the Omni Royal Orleans follow in the style of the guest accommodations, with colors, patterns and furnishings inspired by the hotel's history and the surrounding city. The main entrance and staircase have warm color tones and larger lighting fixtures. The lobby also received custom furniture and fixtures, such as lighting scones based on antiques from French Quarter residences. Tai Ping of Axminister created carpeting in corridors and public spaces from historical fabrics.

The meeting rooms were refreshed with new furniture, carpeting and window treatments. The Rib Room restaurant was revitalized with new furnishings and resurfacing of the original slate floor.

The Omni Royal Orleans is a 345-room hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans, La. The hotel received the four-diamond luxury award for the past 31 years.

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