The guest rooms at Perth\u2019s newest five-star hotel take their design inspiration from the city\u2019s heady decade of excess when gold embellishments and bottomless champagne were the hallmarks of a thriving business scene.\r\n\r\nArchitect and QT Perth guestroom designer Shelley Indyk conceived the richly decorated and opulent rooms \u2013 with jewel-like colours drawn from local landscapes \u2013 to transport guests away from everyday concerns.\r\n\r\n\u201cYou may go to a hotel to experience something unique, so it needs to be different from home, and QT Hotels each have their own quirky design intent,\u201d Shelley says. \u201cWith Perth, we used marble on the bathroom walls and floors, and gold and brass accents throughout, to create a sense of opulence and luxurious spaces.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe journey to the rooms is intriguing: step out of the lifts into dark and moody hallways that combine jarrah floors, a custom carpet runner, dark panelled walls and heavy timber doors.\r\n\r\nOver the threshold, the jarrah flooring continues but the luxe levels shift up a notch. The rooms feature rich textures such as velvet curtains and plush upholstery to soften the marble and brass.\r\n\r\nAnd the rooms feel spatially opulent thanks to sliding panel doors that reveal the glamorous bathroom areas. These are divided into semi-private and private zones with black-framed glazed doors that echo the joinery in the room; the use of these dark materials helps to blur boundaries between the two spaces.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThroughout the rooms, Shelley and her team designed all of the individual pieces, from the statement bedheads to the bespoke inbuilt joinery lighting. No aspect has been overlooked and every detail provides another opportunity to impress guests.\r\n\r\nShe specified two colourways: one that combines emerald green and deep mauve, derived from the grapes and vines that made this south-west region famous among wine lovers; and a grey and gold pairing, which riffs off the state\u2019s former gold-rush fortunes.\r\n\r\nShelley says she chose colours and soft furnishings that would withstand and counteract Perth\u2019s notoriously bright daylight that streams in via floor-to-ceiling windows.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cThe light is strong in Perth, and you feel the impact of that, especially on the western rooms,\u201d she says. \u201cWe didn\u2019t have much input into the architecture but we did use sheers that help to soften the light but still allow guests to see beyond them.\u201d\r\n\r\nFrom these sumptuous spaces that overlook and celebrate a city shaped by mining-led boom-and-bust cycles, it\u2019s easy to be transported to another time and place, even if only for one or two nights.\r\n\r\nIndyk Architecture\r\nindykarchitects.com.au\r\n\r\nQT Perth\r\nqthotelsandresorts.com\r\n\r\nPhotography courtesy of QT Perth \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe think you might also like QT Melbourne.