OYO Rooms uses Recommend.my to create chic and affordable bedroom designs in Malaysia

The world’s fastest-growing hotel chain turned to Recommend.my to design its stylish spaces for budget travellers in Malaysia 


OYO is the world’s fastest-growing hotel chain, with a portfolio of more than 23,000+ hotels in 800+ cities in 18 countries around the world.

In Malaysia, OYO rooms are gaining exceptional recognition since the hotel’s inception in 2013. With a current count of 150 properties across major cities in Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Johor and Malacca, the future is bright for this international hotel chain.

And for travellers looking for ways to stretch their money, an OYO room is the perfect solution when they need stylish yet affordable accommodation that is centrally located.


Re-inventing the face of Malaysian budget hotels

When we connected with the management team of OYO, the task given to us was to re-design twelve newly acquired units as soon as possible to be rented out. These units had been vacant for more than five years, so there was an urgency to revive the units with a limited amount of time granted to the team.

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The Solution

With time being of the essence, the Recommend.my team worked with R.Works (a Recommend,my partner) to create a collection of three interior design concepts in “Milk”, “Earth” and “Ebony blue” for this local hotel chain:

“Earth” Concept

Distinguished pops of colour, patterns and details spring up from the living room to draw attention to the fuss-free and “no-frill” interior. Resembling a studio unit, its warm interiors exemplify modern comfort with an earthy richness that makes the room exude a warm and inviting atmosphere to welcome friends and guests even while being on vacation.

The living room is featured in calm, muted tones to represent nature and natural elements
Robust shades of brown counterbalances the creamy white walls at the entrance and dining area
The bedroom features a mix of neutral colours for a contemporary styled room
The bathroom emanates a scrupulously clean interior with the help from polished white tiles and the glass shower door

“Milk” Concept

Layered hues of white, grey and beige put a stamp to this light-infused room to help permeate maximum light while ensuring an elegant, clean look for the unit. The darker colours of the walls create a beautiful contrast between the pristine, white floors, ceiling and upholstery. Meanwhile, the mosaic inspired patterned rug further introduces a textured element into the room for added personality.

Warm accent lighting sends waves of light through the unit
Neutral colours prevent the room from looking too busy
Blackout curtains bring drama, contrast and elegance – while offering significant benefits for a restful night
Striking L-Shaped kitchen workspace in shades of brilliant white captures the allure of a clean and uncluttered workspace for light cooking and washing up
The dining area embraces an informal yet functionally cosy aesthetic that thrives on peaceful shades of neutral and earth-toned colours combined

Ebony Blue concept

Strokes of dark ebony blue painted upon a dusty grey backdrop provide this final concept with masculine undertones as its focal point. The vibe from this room conveys warmth, strength and added flair from the splash of saturated colours and clean lines of the TV cabinet. Paired with well-chosen furniture to harness a functional loft that celebrates practical function without neglecting style and form.

The inclusion between shades of dark ebony blue and light grey provide a streamline against the neutral accents
Clean lines and an uncluttered surrounding for a bedroom that boasts comfort
Grey block-out curtains protect against sunlight and UV rays from entering the bedroom
A splash of multi-coloured throw pillows and furniture jazzes up a monochromatic room
Galley-style kitchen for guests to make use during their stay
This bathroom might seem compact, but it combines functionality, design and style

The Result: Chic, Affordable Accommodation for the Budget-Conscious Traveller

The entire project for all twelve units was completed within six and a half weeks and put on the market almost immediately after that. As a result, OYO was able to continue its rapid expansion across Malaysia, while satisfying the growing demand for travel accommodation.

The living, kitchen, and bedroom designs are now templates for future units so that other units can be similarly furnished in record time.


This project was managed by R.Works, an interior design team that specialises in interior design, renovation, and project management, with the help of Recommend.my’s partner contractors.

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