8 INTERIOR DECORATION
The way a room is decorated should reflect Lao styles and local traditions. Again, this is what the tourist likes. If your guest wanted to see a room decorated similar to what they have in their own country, they would have stayed there. Using Lao made furnishings is usually cheaper and supports the local economy. Consider using antique looking wood or rattan furniture and curtains, bed covers and wall decorations made of locally produced textiles. Never use plastic. Use light fixtures made from wood, rattan, ceramic or mulberry paper. Old style ceiling fans are nice too.
Tourists like plain wood or natural looking tile or stone floors that can be partially covered by bamboo or rattan mats. In the bathroom, use clay-ceramic water vessels covered with nicely made wood covers. Pottery and ceramics also add nice touches to a room. Minimize the use of appliances like water heaters and refrigerators in the room; guests will be dining in your restaurant or common areas.
One thing you should avoid doing is putting large wardrobes in the room. Wardrobes use up a lot of space, mosquitoes hide there, and most tourists don’t even use them. Instead, install a simple, large luggage rack with a row of wooden clothes hooks above it.
Avoid using plastic hooks or hangers. All rooms should have a mosquito net. Use only large nets made of white fabric.
Always position the bed so it faces large windows with a view because tourists like to see the environment around them.Remember to invest in good mattresses and remove the plastic wrapping before putting them on the bed frame.
All bed sheets, blankets and towels should be made of cotton. Decorate with Lao handicrafts such as textiles, basketry, wood carvings, lamps, wood furniture and ceramics.