ASID Releases Latest Hospitality Design Findings

Latest Research Focuses on Key Design Elements to Support Healthy Sleep and Rest

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released a new resource in its library of design-focused research, this time diving into the world of hospitality design and its impact on personal wellness and health. Hotel properties worldwide are focused anew on enhancing the well-being of their guests, with a particular focus on their sleep experiences. By consulting a range of sources — from sleep quality, hospitality, and human behavior journals, which include reference to TripAdvisor and other verified review sites — the ASID topic summary report concludes that the well-being of people engaging in hospitality services (and their ability to sleep) is improved by design that recognizes and supports their physical, cognitive, and emotional welfare.

“Providing a summary of research findings to the design community brings added value to designers, their clients, and the practice itself,” explains Susan Chung, Ph.D., director, ASID Research & Knowledge Management. “More than just a buzzword, wellness is deeply ingrained into the execution of successful design. We’re proud to deliver content that reinforces the important work of interior designers giving true meaning to the ASID belief that ‘Design Impacts Lives.’”

In the brief, ASID explores a range of influencing factors that affect the wellness and sleep experiences of hospitality guests, including hotel location and its proximity to restaurants and nightlife, number of hotel floors, room amenities (or lack of), and hotel room conditions such as mattress, pillows, bedding, lighting, temperature, noise, and odor. From there, the Society delves into the design implications that can create a successful hospitality setting conducive to a restful and comfortable sleep. Critical design elements and tactics include creating a comfortable and quiet room, providing personal choice for things like pillows and temperatures, blocking excessive light, and taking proper sound abatement measures, among others.

To view the full report (authored by Sally Augustin for ASID) on the sleep and wellness effects of hospitality design, including a full, annotated bibliography of referenced sources, visit

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at