If you’ve got an eye for interior design, inspiration can pop up in the most unexpected of places. You could be wandering the streets or sitting in your workplace, when a sudden thought about scatter cushions or feature walls springs into your mind.
But what about those of us who don’t have an eye for interior design? What about the members of the populace who are about as stylish as Cliff Richard trying on a new pair of cream denim slacks?
Well, you could do worse than pay attention to your local airport.
While it might seem like a left-of-center, cockamamie suggestion, airports are actually some of the most stylish places on the planet.
With that in mind, here are three airports that are brimming with exceptional interior design.
1. Charles de Gaulle Airport
If there’s one thing every airport needs, it’s a great art collection – and Charles de Gaulle Airport delivers that in spades.
Holding its own against many international museums, the Charles De Gaulle Espace Museum is crammed with aesthetic gems, including a vast collection of pieces from the master sculptor Auguste Rodin. Isn’t it typical of France to outclass all other airport art collections?
Our top tip: you might not have the bank balance for a Rodin, but a few pieces of classically inclined art in your home can add an air of sophistication to any space.
2. Pulkovo Airport
How often do you stare at the ceiling of an airport only to be met with a mess of dull grey girders and supporting struts? Probably pretty often, unless you’ve had the good fortune to visit Pulkovo Airport.
This flight hub has been designed with the grandeur of a Russian church, with metal panels gilded in a bounty of gold and large rooms providing enough space for quiet contemplation while passengers await their flight. But its finest feature is its skylights, which glow in a variety of colors to subtly nudge fliers through its labyrinthine corridors. It’s a practical solution to a problem faced by all airports, while also looking great.
Our top tip: colored skylights are the ideal way to add a new tone to your rooms. Choose warm colors and you can’t go wrong.
3. Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is filled with great amenities like airport parking from Looking4.com, astounding americanos from Caribou Coffee, and the finest luggage available from the Airport Baggage Center.
But all of that pales in comparison to the building that these amenities are housed in, as Denver International Airport is awe-inspiring in both scale and design.
Instead of making do with dull-as-dishwater roofing, Denver’s airport is covered in gargantuan fabric tents that resemble the Rocky Mountains in the distance. These tents are lit with a soft glow in the evenings, making the airport a must-see tourist attraction as well as a place to catch a flight.
Our top tip: Covering a seemingly bland part of your home with fabric can give your interiors a whole new vibe.
Those are our choices. Can you think of any airports with fantastic interior design? Let us know in the comments below!