Five style lessons to steal from Naumi Studio Hotel, a maximalist design haven in Wellington, New Zealand

From color-drenched dining rooms to wallpapered feature walls - here are five tips we're stealing from this maximalist retreat

red dining room
(Image credit: Naumi Hotels / Material Creative)

Despite being surprisingly compact for a city, Wellington, New Zealand's capital is bursting with quirky cafes and design-led hotels. Nowhere epitomizes this more than the Naumi Studio Hotel in Wellington. 

The hotel located in the former People's Palace on Cuba Street opened back in October 2020. Created by interior design firm Material Creative, the Naumi Studio Hotel is a maximalist's dream. 

From velvet arches to statement wallpapered feature walls, the hotel is filled with stylish home decor ideas. This year the hotel has opened a new restaurant, the Lola Rouge, which is just as bold and brash in its design choices as the rest of the hotel. 

green arches in hotel lobby

(Image credit: Naumi Hotels / Material Creative)

If you've been looking to update your home with a dash of unique features or maximalist details, here are five style lessons to steal from the bold Naumi Studio hotel that can work in any home.

Style lessons from the Naumi Studio Wellington

1. Pair a feature wall with strip lights

wallpapered feature wall

(Image credit: Naumi Hotels / Material Creative)

When considering wallpaper ideas in your home, don't be afraid to layer the wallpaper with shelves, artwork and other pieces of wall decor. 

This bar is located in the hotel's executive suite. The strip lighting under the shelves adds an extra dimension to the feature wall, literally shining a light on the exotic wallpaper print. 

If you are looking for stylish home bar ideas, this is definitely one image to tuck away for later. 

2. Mix and match seating

blue bar with Faye Toogood stools

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Why stress about choosing the perfect set of chairs when you can pick and mix between many. In this one-room velvet bar stools have been mixed Faye Toogood's voluptuous roly-poly stools. 

When mixing and matching furniture like this make sure everything speaks to each other by picking out a color or particular texture to run through them. Both stools are in the same color family which helps them reside in harmony together.

3. Mix wooden and tiled flooring

hotel bar with statement lighting fittings

(Image credit: Naumi Hotels / Material Creative)

Wood and tiles are not the most natural flooring idea to spring to mind for a hotel bar. However, the combination is surprisingly smart if you're looking to add some color to a dark room. 

The rainbow tiling detail around the foot of the bar is a smart idea that can be incorporated into kitchen flooring ideas. Similar to zoning an open-floor plan with a rug, it can help ground your dining table in your kitchen layout.

4. Color drench your dining room

Red color drenched dining room

(Image credit: Naumi Hotel / Material Creative)

Color drenching has taken off in a big way this year. The trend involves flooding ever surface from your walls to your furniture in one color. 

This dining room has taken the trend one step further filling the table with matching red crockery and candlesticks. If you're looking for a modern Christmas table setting this vibrant red with flashes of black foliage could make your table the talk of the town.

5. Embrace the tiled table trend

purple tiled coffee table

(Image credit: Naumi Hotels / Material Creative)

Tiled tables are another interior trend having a bit of a moment. While many followers of the trend have opted for neutral tiles, we're sold on this pearlescent lilac number. 

Lavender has already been tipped as the next big color for 2023. Be inspired by Naumi Hotel's purple table if you're looking for a statement piece of furniture to stay ahead of the curve. 

I am the News Editor on I have worked as an interiors journalist since graduating with a Masters's in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2018. I started out my career working on women's weekly magazines but made the shift to digital journalism in 2019 to join the Ideal Home website team as a news and features writer. 

During that time I nurtured my love of interiors and trends, and received a nomination as AOP Digital Publishing Rising Star 2020. Outside of work I love to sew, knit, and try my hand at a range of new crafts, I am currently dabbling in ceramics. I can't think of a better way to spend my weekend than browsing a haberdashery or antiques fair for hidden design treasures.