What is the design style of The Breakers Palm Beach?

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The design style of The Breakers Palm Beach can be described as turn-of-the-century Old World in the ground-floor public areas, and modern-seaside in the guest rooms. The sitting areas, ballrooms and restaurants contain decorative hand-painted ceilings in the Italian fresco style, dark woods, and elegant moldings and trims. Furnishings are opulent, elegant and high-end. However, the guest rooms have a modern, ocean-inspired design style, thanks to an $80 million renovation completed in 2011. They use blue hues to mimic the Atlantic, as well as other water décor elements, such as coral reef prints on the curtains, and a coral reef cover over a flush-mount light. There are clean lines and rattan furniture to bring it all together — it’s a fun design to enjoy while vacationing at this beachfront Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel.

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The iconic design style of The Breakers Palm Beach is a juxtaposition of several different styles of architecture and décor. The soaring main lobby, built in 1926 after a fire destroyed the original building, was modeled after a castle in Genoa by architecture firm Schultze & Weaver, whose portfolio includes New York’s Pierre, Sherry-Netherland and Waldorf Astoria hotels. This Italian Renaissance architecture extends to The Breakers’ north and south loggias, the Florentine-style HMF and The Circle restaurants, and the two towers that recall Rome’s Villa Medici. The frescoes, tapestries and Murano glass chandeliers found throughout the lobby also reference Renaissance style, while floral carpets, fresh orchids and plenty of natural light bring in a tropical feel. The north loggia and HMF share an Adam Tihany design that adds warm colors, sleek lines and ocean-inspired prints to the space’s Italianate bones.

Guest rooms at the luxury hotel, renovated in 2011, are much more modern and tropical than the resort’s public areas. In palettes of blue or green and white, with punches of coral, rooms feature dark-wood beds with white sheets and coverlets embroidered with a subtle wave pattern. Black-and-white photographs of historic Palm Beach grace the walls, and you’ll find books about the area next to your bed. Thick drapes bear a seashell print, a reminder that the ocean is just outside your door.

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