It's illuminating that one of the trends in hotel design is the “home away from home.” This seems almost self-contradictory, but it makes perfect sense. That man searching for an outlet would likely not have experienced such frustration at home. A USB port without any regular outlets would seem foreign even to people much younger than he.
But home away from home goes far beyond an easy way to charge devices. It has to do not only with convenience but also a feeling of warmth and comfort.
Most people's homes are not dominated by hard surfaces and overwhelming colors. They tend to be textured like most living rooms rather than sterile like an operating room or glaringly colorful.
That brings us to the difference between investing in “trends” versus investing in “trendy.” Genuine hotel interior design trends are made to last, transcend multiple generations, and delight guests for years to come.