Ibis Styles, Portland, 3 bespoke schemes

Part of the Accor Group of Hotels, Ibis Styles is a brand which creates hotels with individual styles, offering something different from a budget hotel.

Portland Ibis Styles is situated in the heart of Manchester, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens.  The hotel is a large Victorian building in a thriving city centre.


The designers, Philip Watts (Nottingham) were approached to create a unique design for the 225 hotel bedrooms. The designers were asked to provide a theme  with 3 or 4 different schemes which incorporated a blackout curtain, wall-art and new interior finishes. The designers were keen to include unique, bespoke designs in the schemes.


Philip Watts came up with a theme relating to British weather (a popular topic in Manchester) and 3 schemes for bedrooms across the hotel.: Sunshine, Raindrops and Breezy. Each scheme had a retro feel.

Skopos were asked to provide 3 different coloured gradient panels—printed on blackout fabric for use as a drape, to add an elegant finishing touch to each room. Curtains were printed in a Blue, Yellow and Orange as panels, giving a calm and floaty feeling. The project was tackled in 2 phases, with stunning end results.