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HedgesThe word ‘food' is synonymous with the words celebration and enjoyment. This explains the colossal growth in fancy restaurants. This being said, let's not forget the people for whom restaurant visit is more about joyous ambiance and fine dining than just the food. Gone are the days when restaurants were confined to the ‘taste'. A little classy aura and a pinch of panache in décor is the recipe of a flourishing restaurant.

Artificial foliage landscaping is for the lazy hotelier in you. Not only will the ambiance be cranked up a notch but save you the time of retaining it.

Here are the 8 ideas to refurbish your place with artificial foliage landscaping.

Letters, Logo, and Signage

First impressions last longer, they say. Make your restaurant's ingress a visual treat. The logo of your restaurant should give an inkling of what is in store for them. Tease them with a little green, to begin with. With the artificial hedges, it is now possible to shape them into any letters and signage of your choice.

Pair them with classic lights or LEDs and make your restaurant a brand worth visiting and revisiting.

Artificial Screens

You know what they say, ‘the greener, and the better'. Swap those ugly concrete walls with this beautiful, low maintenance artificial screen rolls. These screens serve the dual-purpose of ornamenting your restaurant and of giving privacy to the people. You can style these sturdy screens with tiny frames and boards.

These hassle-free screens amp up your ambiance and give it a green lush look. You wouldn't have to alter them according to the change in the seasons. It is more like, ‘put it and forget it'. Wave goodbye to the endless work you've to put in maintaining the natural screens, we have a smart way out for you!

Artificial Topiary Trees

This is for the nature enthusiast in you. You sure have dreamt endlessly about adding some suave (and obviously pricey) curios in your restaurant but feared it will put an irreparable hole to your pocket. Fret not, we have an inexpensive idea! Artificial topiary plants are the shapeshifters which can have any desired effect. You can trim them into those sophisticated artifacts you have always wanted in your restaurant.

They don't lose out on their ‘green' if you pamper them with some shade and can facelift them whenever you have a new shape in mind.

Faux Greenery

The interior designing industry found its masterpiece in the faux greenery décor. Spice up your place with the umpteen varieties the faux greenery has to offer you. A little dusting on the fake flowers and they are as fresh as the day you bought them. The vibrant colors add an instant liveliness to your place.

There is a vast array of options to choose from, there are flowers in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Trust us, the plastic glaze of the greenery is long gone and forgotten. This long term investment is handy, portable and life-like. Also, you don't have to worry about any allergies and sniffles.

Topiary Animals

Decorate your restaurant with fun yet plush theme. Opt out of the bandwagon of keeping the décor subtle. Animal topiary will make your restaurant stand tall (literally and figuratively). With the tall giant animals making their way out, we promise, your restaurant will be seen from lands afar. It is a unique, eye-catchy way of making your interiors classy and it will compliment any furnishings that you have.

This offbeat décor is an attractive and quirky way to welcome your guests. There is no animal whose shape artificial topiaries cannot make, so let your imagination run wild and turn your restaurant into an eccentric themed garden restaurant.

Faux Roll Mat

Ditch the age-old tiles for the trendy and voguish faux roll mat. Owing to its convenience, these roll mats are not just limited to golf courses or football fields. You get the roll mats customized depending on your area and needs. These things are blessed with less maintenance and the green look that they savor.

They save you the herculean task of planting, watering and growing the actual grass. You don't have to worry about the grass losing its color if you are careful enough to not expose them to sunlight and of course, washing them would be a piece of cake! Also, you do your bit in saving some water.

A Little Privacy

If this does not create hustle and bustle in your restaurant, then what will! This would be a classic upgrade in your interiors. A gazebo structure will complement the green faux aesthetics in your place giving it a garden-restaurant look. It is another way of adding sophistication to your space. It is perfect for intimate family dinners, a romantic evening and what not.

It gives just the exact privacy which is needed in a restaurant. A little twinkling light and some beautiful curtains, and you have for yourself a wonderful little paradise.

Artificial Boxwood Hedges

Get rid of those dull, insanely mundane wooden or metal fences because we have an attractive solution! Don't count on the rains to grow your plants and bushes into privacy yielding fences. Outdoor artificial boxwood hedges are here to the rescue. With the vast variety of leaves, you can make your restaurant compound an attractive one.

Protect the privacy of your space with the wide, thick hedges. These hedges are an easy way to decorate your dining area. These easy on the eye hedges are cost friendly and mind you, they have a ‘here to stay' attitude.

We know that your restaurant is your baby so try and put in as much as your own efforts as you can. Pick your own shapes, sizes, and patterns the artificial landscapes have to offer. Make sure everything is crisp and clear. Let the ‘green' be alluring and the dining relaxing. This will ensure frequent visits.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 13:32

A Look Back At The History of Topiaries

TopiaryTopiary is a form of art that comprises of clipping of leaves, branches and even pruning the roots of a tree or shrubs. Some virtuosos of topiary have managed to perfect this art of clipping and pruning by dwarfing the plant.

When asked about the origin and roots of topiary, most of them stay mum. We started to ponder our minds with the curious question; how and where exactly did topiary come from. We searched the hell and back, tuned every stone that we could, and for our curious readers, we have a memoir of the 'topiary', as would have been narrated by one itself if it spoke.

And then there was topiary...

There has been no concrete proof or anyone alive to confirm the fact, but topiary is alleged to date all the way back to the first century C.E. The rumor-mill has it, that topiary was first developed by a friend of Caesar Augustus (an ancient emperor of Rome) called Cneus Matius. Ironically, the term topiary comes from a Latin word topiaries, that means 'a gardener who is an ornamental landscaper'.

However, some historians are biased that it was the Jewish, Syrian Greek and Egyptians who introduced this form of art to the Romans. Hence, the tug of war has continued since centuries, with it ending in a stalemate every time. We can assure you that the Romans were involved in making the art of topiary known globally.

Another set of ardent devotees believe that the Chinese adopted this art form, as is seen in many ancient paintings. This was later borrowed by the Japanese, who took the art form a notch higher. They even came up with their own version of topiary, called Bonsai.

Oh God! You just cannot beat the Asians, can you!

One fact that we do know, is that the Romans had slaves to work for them. These slaves were mostly from Egypt and parts of Syrian Greece. We can give them credit for due diligence and labor to the Egyptian and Greek slaves, but let's not forget that topiary could well be the brain-child of the Romans.

Topiary finds it's way into different regions

Topiary was unknown to the rest of the world for many centuries. It was an art that was limited to the Romans and the Greeks (We know how they got it!). They included topiary in their buildings, castles and even in small open spaces, or gardens. Back in those days, everyone seemed to be smitten by this art. Oh Boy! And they sure did know how to make a topiary come to life. Instead of simple shapes, they started developing complicated topiary shapes like an elephant. (Complicated because all they had were shear boxes and knives.)

For about 500 years, the rich Greek and Romans improved this Greek-o-Roman style and enjoyed the luxury alone. But as the art of topiary became more wide-spread, people eventually got bored with it, and that was the ephemeral end of topiary. Or was it?!

In the 9th century, the French got hold of the techniques and skills, which is due to the close proximity to the Roman Empire. Eventually, a mad Frenchman (That's how he got bullied) Charlemagne, introduced topiary in France.

Inspired by the Italian gardens with flawless arrangements of topiaries, gardens started emerging in mainland Europe. The French made beautiful gardens using topiaries in monasteries. The Spanish took a step further when they made gigantic mazes in their Islamic-Moorish gardens.

By 1600s there was a tremendous shift in trends. Topiary gardens started becoming the key attractions in Europe, with artificial waterfalls, low beds of evergreen shrubs and drinking fountains. Netherland was the first country to include more elaborate water features and lollipop-shaped shrubs in their gardens.

Inspired by Holland and France, the English came up with a style of the topiary garden of their own. They borrowed the perfect geometrical design from the Dutch and a lot more from the French. In the 17th century, to impress King Louis XIV they replaced the low beds of hedges with 1.9 million potted-flowering plants overnight. (So, very English of them, good sire!)

The 18th-century Victorian era saw the boost of these gardens in England. In fact, they even appointed the 'tree-barbers', especially for topiaries. It was in the same century that the gardens became obsolete. Well, topiary still had a long way to go, it's got 9 lives like a cat, it seems. With the Italian Renaissance, topiary found it's way up again. (It's alive! It's alive! *Imitates Victor Frankenstein*)

Commonwealth nations saw an introduction of topiary in their mainland as well, with the English carrying a little of 'their' art wherever they went in the 18th and 19th century. This was soon spread to Japan and China like a wild-fire. Where the Japanese came up with traditional Bonsai.

In the early 19th century, the United States of America had huge plantations and hectares of open spaces. They planted large estate gardens and guess what they included?! Yes, topiary. (You're a good reader!). One stellar example of topiary in America can be seen in Disney World, in Orlando.

The earlier 20th century saw the rising demand for domestic topiary met. The markets in Fulham and Chelsea in London were flourishing with 'ready-made' topiary pieces that were sold in a flash.

BONUS: Topiary -Then and today.

In the initial centuries of its incarnation, topiary was a form of luxury and only the rich and the prosperous could afford it, as you'd see in some old pictures of ancient castles. The first known forms were simple, like a sphere, cone, dwarf-box edges or a column. But considering their mammoth size and the hard days' work that were put into shaping, trimming and pruning it, is simply commendable.

With the recent advancements in technology, topiary is available in the market in every size possible. All you have to do is pick a shape, that's it! You can get your hands on artificial topiaries online. These artificial topiaries are quite a trend these days, being fire & UV retardant, safe for indoor & outdoor use and as real as natural perennial trees. Of course, without the shedding of leaves and with an easy maintenance regime.

Bathroom DecorWe all have an old habit of neglecting. It's totally humane to do that. Negligence is a nirvana while ignorance a bliss. One of the parts of your hotel that you have left alone, or probably treated like your ex-beau is the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom which has been cursed to be plain-Jane and appear like 'Ugly Betty', has finally found its niche.

Say goodbye to old fashioned, 'boring' bathrooms and say hello to new, exciting and posh hotel bathrooms. It's high time to revamp your bathroom to a part of the hotel room that is as appealing as the rest of it. Fresh out of the oven, we have 9 exciting ideas to make your hotel bathroom posh.

1. Even the cavemen never liked those bathroom mats.

Just like you, even we hate the rubbers! Rubber bathroom mats have become passe, among other obsolete bathroom floor accessories. For your regular bathroom to turn to an appealing, posh hotel bathroom you need a new set of mats. Get those rubber mats out of there and replace them with Persian wool-blended mats.

Replace the frumpy old rubber mats with new and sleek wool-blended Aztec bathroom mats. It doesn't just set your hotel bathroom apart from other 'vanilla' bathrooms but adds a bit of style and detail to your bathroom floor. Easy to wash and reusable, the colors and patterns in the mats will find it's full bloom when faded.

2. Mirror, mirror on the wall.

We know that mirrors are one of the most essential parts of the bathroom wall, but they need a serious revamp, just like every other bathroom fitting. Yes, we agree that wooden frames are quite decent for the looking mirror in the bathroom, and they might do the trick if used optimally.

But, think about carved wood, instead of wooden biddings, or maybe a stainless-steel circumference for a round mirror. It is among the most used accessories in your bathroom, so why not make it the center of attraction.

3. Monogram- it's always good branding.

We're sure that you've spent a bomb on that hotel monogram, so why not flaunt it. Etch monograms to the bathroom fitting, shower curtains, towels, towel rods, basically everywhere that you can.

A recent poll conducted by Hyatt® has shown that customers prefer hotels which add monograms to their bathroom accessories. So, why not cash on to this opportunity t give the customers exactly what they want - good branding.

4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder of organization.

Yes, your lifelong wait has come to an end. You're OCD for arrangement and organization has finally found its use. Put that OCD to good use, arrange and rearrange the accessories in your bathroom. Make sure that everything is kept in it's the right place. (You won't find that hard, we're positive.)

Cleanliness should be your primary objective and proper organization should be next. Remember, that you have competition that is hot on your heels, so make sure you set yourself apart from the crowd. Like chalk and cheese go: bathroom and untidy have a similar story.

5. Light 'em up!

Oh, you like those incandescent bulbs because of how bright they are?! Or maybe you have an undying love for those energy saving lamps! We have a term for you: 'Old Fashioned'. Please, do your hotel bathroom a big favor by replacing those old bulbs.

We'd advise you to hang a small chandelier and add a few table lamps as well. Please, do not stop yourself from experimenting. Add these and in return add luxury to your hotel bathroom.

6. Monochrome and Pastels.

One great idea is to use all-white marble in your hotel bathroom. This shade of marble can be then coupled with grey and black wallpapers to give it a great monochromatic feel. Give those guests a taste of the 70's that they'll never forget.

Pro-tip: Try and avoid bright colors in your hotel's bathroom. Add a few pastel shades to the floor and walls and let the lights do the magic for you. White and grey bathrooms have the most elegant look and are the latest trend.

7. What's in a view? - Apparently, everything!

One aspect where most of us miss out is the view from the bathroom. It's merely not a place for what it was used earlier. Now, tempt your customers to an amazing view out of the bathroom window.

If you're worried about exposure, install sun-proof windows and waterproof drapes. Let your guests treat themselves to an astonishing scenic beauty or a cityscape. Add detailing to the window panes and frames.

8. Let's sit where it was never expected to.

Include seating in your bathroom, for guests who'd like to dress up near a mirror, or would like to pamper themselves with a nice pedicure. Traditionally, a bathroom missed on all these luxuries and lacked luster.

Not anymore, include chairs, dressing stools and sitting couches in your bathroom and let it sweep everyone entering it, from the first moment itself. Not only does it add to the overall appeal, but makes your hotel bathroom a place to spend some quality time in it.

9. Check out those cabinets!!

Now, that you've got an amazing bathroom floor, walls, wallpapers, and stunning lights, it's time to work on those cabinets. Paint the cabinets and make sure that they match the drapes and the walls. Blending pastel shades, like cobalt blue, grey, white and grey can never go wrong.

Bonus: Get inspired by kitchen-styled, fragrance-infused wooden cabinets with a see-through a glass, and make sure that all the essentials are included in them. Adding a small book-rack for the nerdy guests can be a win-win for both your hotel and the guests.

Is it a good investment?!

Well, in all honesty, ask any top-flight interior designer and he'd give you similar pointers as we have. Invest a decent amount of money in your hotel bathroom and make it appear posh. If you ask us, is it worth it, we can assure you that it is the need of the hour and it is what sets you apart from all other hotels. Leave those guest mesmerized by the look of your new posh bathroom interiors and make them choose you whenever they want to check-in to a hotel.

Green WallWhether you're a casual tapas bar or a fancy French bistro, there's no denying that outdoor seating takes your ambiance up several notches. To dine in the fresh air beneath the setting sun is a prospect that appeals to people of all ages, and is a timeless setting for a romantic meal. Adding an outdoor seating area to your restaurant, therefore, is guaranteed to attract more diners and encourage them to stay longer.

There are several ways to design your seating area in a manner that reflects the general theme of your restaurant and also enhances the comfort of your diners. Space doesn't have to be a constraint either – by keeping the following best practices in mind, you can make optimal use of even a small outdoor space to create an experience that your customers will love.

Build your seating around a theme

Your outdoor seating needs to convey the essence of what your restaurant offers to its guests. Choose wooden benches and long tables for a rustic feel, brightly colored chairs and tablecloths for a family restaurant and umbrella-topped tables with wicker chairs for a European café vibe.

Going for a classic Italian theme? Feature open gazebos with hanging artificial ferns for that Old World dining feel. Want to create the perfect romantic ambiance? Feature individual cabanas amidst a lush garden of faux outdoor plants.

Your diners should see what your restaurant is all about the moment they enter – and creatively planned seating can do just that.

Choose durable furniture and décor

Outdoor seating is exposed to the elements all day, which means that you need to choose furniture that can withstand the sun and the rain. Ensure that all wooden furniture is water-resistant and that all table linen, umbrellas, and draperies are fade-proof and wrinkle-proof. Any vases, centerpieces or other decorations also need to be sturdy enough for outdoor exposure.

Faux flowers and plants work particularly well in this regard. Top-quality artificial greenery comes with UV protection to guard against the sun, so they stay bright and shiny no matter how merciless the weather is. On top of that, there is no risk of bug infestation or diseases like blight.

Space out your tables

Nothing is quite as off-putting to a potential customer as an overcrowded dining area. Keep your tables far enough apart to ensure that every diner has a reasonable amount of privacy. Boxwood hedges are a great way to divide your seating area into partitions.

At the same time, if you want larger groups to sit and enjoy themselves, you can have long benches that can be drawn up and placed together to accommodate more people. You can also have separate bar tables with stools for guests to mingle.

Add touches of greenery

A patch of green amidst a concrete setting is always soothing on the eye, and greenery is indispensable particularly when you're designing an outdoor seating area. Faux outdoor trees are a great option as they're weather-proof, require little maintenance and are available in every possible variety.

Choose greenery that matches the ambiance of your restaurant. For instance, if you're opting for a garden-like feel, add some artificial topiary here and there for a whimsical touch. If you're going for a rooftop bistro, on the other hand, you can create living walls with artificial boxwood.

Ensure there is a shelter in case of rain

While dining beneath the stars is delightful during clement weather, it's not much fun when it's raining. It is essential, therefore, that you have some provision for when there's a downpour – particularly if you don't have an indoor section.

One of the best ways to protect your dining tables is by having umbrellas on each table that can be put up at a moment's notice. If this isn't feasible for your restaurant, consider keeping makeshift marquees on hand that can provide shelter to several of your tables at one go. Once your restaurant is closed for the night, moreover, keep your furniture covered with tarpaulin sheets to protect them.

Choose appropriate lighting

The right lighting can make or break any public setting, and it's particularly true for outdoor restaurants when you have natural light to contend with. During the day you can make the most of the sunlight, but as evening approaches you will have to make the transition from natural to artificial light in a smooth manner.

For instance, as the sun starts setting, you can place individual lamps or candles in appropriate holders on each table so that your evening patrons have enough visibility. You can also add some boxwood hedges with string lights for a subtle yet attractive touch. As the evening wears on and it gets darker, you can switch on some hanging lights overhead or add some light panels to the walls. Keep the intensity bright but not harsh – the lighting should always complement the relaxed setting of your restaurant!

Make optimal use of signage

Regardless of how pretty your seating area is, people won't enter unless you give them a sufficiently enticing invitation. Your restaurant's signage is a major way for them to identify you and decide whether they want to enter. There are many ways in which you can get creative with signage.

For example, if you have a sidewalk-style café or bistro, you can place a chalkboard at the entrance with an eye-catching slogan about your restaurant or a few of your menu highlights. If you have a family-style Italian or Spanish restaurant, you can have a striped awning with a hanging sign displaying your restaurant's name. And if your establishment is on the sophisticated side, you can design an archway-style entrance with artificial greenery and feature your restaurant's name on a delicately illuminated signboard.

Outdoor seating is, undoubtedly, a substantial investment to opt for. It is essential to choose furniture, materials, and décor of the highest quality and you may not always be willing to set aside resources for that. Once you've created an outdoor space, however, you'll witness a huge increase in footfall as well as much higher customer satisfaction – diners love the feel of open spaces, and greenery is an automatic mood-booster. So take some time out and design an outdoor seating area that does justice to your restaurant – the results, you'll find, will be more than worth it!

HedgesBefore we begin, let's look at the most influencing offices in the world, which include the big names: Google, Apple, Universal Studios, Disney, Samsung, and WeWork, among others. What sets these commercial spaces apart from the other 'stacked-matchbox' style offices, are the aesthetic aspects. Green is the new black when it comes to architecture.

After carefully going through the latest trends in green architecture, we present you one of the front runners: Faux Boxwood Hedges. This piece of artificial plant is making subtle, but big differences in both indoor and outdoor commercial landscaping. We know, you're curious to find what the hype is all about, so without further ado, let's find out why.

Aesthetic Appeal

Modern faux boxwood hedges are precision cut to finesse. It doesn't matter how strong your OCD may be, you'd find it hard to criticize the design. They have almost similar texture throughout, which obviously depends on how you want it to appear. In fact, many botanists now collaborate with the designers to get a realistic and perfect leaf structure.

The cover of lush green and deep green is mesmerizingly pleasing to the eyes. Pick a standard or customized boxwood hedge smartly, and you can master the art of aesthetics. Well planned and optimally placed faux hedges can be an absolute eye-candy. We bet, it would drive the third deadly sin out of your compatriots; jealousy.

Customization

Are you worried about what size or color to pick?! Well, don't worry, the designers can customize the hedge according to your demands. Yes, we know you're fussy and don't like it when something doesn't happen the way you want it to be.

You can choose the shape of the hedge, whether you're a big fan of the spheres, cuboids or cubes, you're all covered. Apart from the shape, you can choose the size of the hedge. Pick a long faux boxwood hedge for fencing, or a tall faux boxwood hedge for some privacy. Well, how about a flat faux boxwood hedge for a backdrop?!

Versatility- Indoor and Outdoor applications

Gone are those days when bricks and wood were the only things you could use as a fence. Faux Boxwood Hedges can be used to fence in your homes or even out of doors for some privacy. Please don't forget what an amazing backdrop a hedge can be if you're having a private party or a 'shin-dig'.

Pro-Tip: Recently, boxwood hedges have been used for creating amazing Japanese style Zen gardens and cafeterias. Assimilate a few pebbled, rock-cut pathways, a few artificial plants and a couple of statues coupled with park benches. You could form an eclectic mix and include a Zen-Park in your office space, which would be the best place to vent some steam. We are sure that you would love the new facelift for the working environment.

Fire and UV retardant - for safe indoor use

Earlier, one major issue about using hedges indoor was the UV, CFC and lead emissions, which is due to the paints used. But, now, natural dyes which are free from these hazardous emissions are available in the market. Despite all these additions, these faux hedges are botanically correct, which gives them a lofty perch in the department of commercial landscaping.

Well, yes, these are basically plastic, as a layman would call it. But, faux hedges now are processed and engineered (yes, engineered) in such a way that they can resist fire and temperatures up to a certain level. They now pass through dozens of fire test and finally approved by several international quality standards.

High quality and durable - for rigorous outdoor use

Planning on throwing a nice birthday bash?! Looking for an off-the-wall way to pep things up?! Use these faux hedges in your lawn without worrying about the wear and tear. Faux boxwood hedges are specially designed with a treated wooden box, which can stand the ruthlessness of the natural deteriorating agents.

The wood is not the only durable part of the hedge. The leaves are engineered (Yes, engineered. They are!) to withstand the searing sun, so much so that you'd collapse from a sun-stroke, but these tiny stalwarts will stand firm. In addition to this, they are painted with a high-grade pigment which does not fade from regular natural exterior exposure.

Easy Maintenance

The durability, quality, and UV & fire retardation means that faux boxwood hedges are low maintenance. Well, unlike your wives or girlfriends, they're bound to be with you for a long time even if left unattended for a long, long time. They'd require a yearly pampering in the form of mild dusting, which takes not more than 10 minutes. (The second best way to spend those 10 minutes)

The design of boxwood hedges provides you the option of moving them around without creating a mess. Are you bored with the sight of the hedges every time you pass through the garden? No worries, move them indoors and give them some shelter. Bored of them stalking you indoors, place them outside and watch them take every bit of your tantrum without a sound.

Hassle-free Installations

Basically, it's a wooden box which doesn't weigh like a mammoth. So, if you're complaining about thin biceps and flat chest and lack of muscles, let us tell you how easy it is. Installation is the last thing you'll be worried about. The faux hedges use high-quality resins, and it is durable and easy to install. You can do it yourself or with the help of a couple of friends.

On top of that, you can easily mount it on your rooftops, place it in your garden or indoors. In most cases, the hedges are pre-fixed to the boxwood. There, is it hassle-free enough now, lazy ones? Just place it. That is all that you have to do.

Is it worth it?

We know that this question is occupying your mind. Well, all in all, the choice of color, shape, and design is up to you. We have given you some of the major perks of having one at home. We would suggest you look at your budget and use, and then decide on which variety to buy. Faux boxwood hedges can be easily purchased online or custom placed at the retailer. Depending on your budget, you can get a faux boxwood hedge that can be used permanently or for a few occasions.

SignageThe first thing that strikes anyone entering Oklahoma State University is the beautifully sculptured words "OSU" in the finest expression of real Topiary Art. This experience etches a permanent impression in the visitor's mind. Whenever the person sees another topiary art or thinks about a University, this wonderful artistic creation springs to mind. What other great branding tools can a business have in our times?

A glimpse of pure nature, even if artificial, has a spiritual way of soothing the mind and soul in an era of global warming coupled with concrete jungles. What exactly is the reason why corporates like Panasonic, Telerik, ISV, Google, Liverpool FC, Deutsche Bank, etc. among others has created custom topiary artwork for their workplaces.

Calmness of employees

As soon as employees enter the office, they are greeted by the company logo in the form of topiary signage. Some offices have them placed strategically in exteriors too. All scientific studies have categorically proved that signs reminding of nature are very soothing and enable the productivity of everyone. Imagine natural looking tall plants for artificial box hedge screening in a restaurant!

Increases trust with customers

The positive vibration created in an office by strategically placing topiary signs increases the trustworthiness of the place subconsciously for a visitor. For example, when a customer enters a casino that has cleverly placed small topiary frames which the visitor's eyes can't miss instantly creates an atmosphere of trust and faith.

A very chick branding tool

Topiary frame designs are custom made, and hence all sizes and images can be accommodated by a professional logo maker. These clean corporate images stick to the clients' minds and often this particular business come to their minds while in the outdoor watching real nature.

Shapes as defined by the client

A good company that creates outdoor artificial hedges considers all aspects of the customer to provide state of the art products. They may use standard shapes like balls, spirals, cones, etc. along with an artistic illustration. Carefully placed boxwood hedges containing company logos provide a heavenly feel to the office ambiance.

Freedom to choose foliage variety

When you approach a good signage creator, the customer gets to choose from a lot of variants including Azalea, Juniper, Boxwood, Ivy and Pearl Grass. These elegant masterpieces will suit any exterior including a natural lawn and also interiors.

Innovative technology

There are many technologies used to create topiary signs. However, the time-proven quality processes that add value to the users' money are ThermaLeaf and PermaLeaf treatments.

In ThermaLeaf procedure, the materials are injected with fire retardant formulas. Since the impregnating materials are blended with the fabric, the outcome is the safest fire retardant foliage available. A living wall within an office should be totally fire-resistant even under most adverse conditions.

In PermaLeaf procedure, the materials are injected with UV protective materials which ensure that they don't wither or fade from exposure to the sun.

Application based on client specifications

The signage creator first understands the requirements of the client. Depending on the nature of the business, a client may need separate designs for outdoor and indoor. They may also want to keep an existing design so that the new topiary should merge and sync naturally. The sign makers also provide options for the long term as well as a temporary use. In some cases, the customer may need it simply for one time use whereas most prefer multiple usages.

Looks and feel

All natural colors can be made to come to life by a professional signage maker. In PermaLeaf treatment, the color grade pigments used are of the highest grade thus ensuring natural blending along with resistance to fading. Intelligent use of UV stabilizers by professionals elongates the life span of the products by way of increasing sustainability.

Materials and commitment to nature

All experienced manufacturers use commercial grade resin which ensures that the topiaries endure all outdoor weather conditions to look fresh and natural under all circumstances.

A good company committed to nature and customer satisfaction employs professionals with qualifications in the fields of Botany, Horticulture and landscape architecture to ensure utmost perfection.

Fire and Toxicity Tests

Expert manufacturers ensure that all safety examinations are conducted as laid down in government statutes to ensure the safety of the user environment. That is one of the reasons why treatments which wash off or wear off like topical ones are never used by good Topiary producing companies.

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has a Class A rating which gives the safest classification to these products. Such a rating ensures that the signage is absolutely safe.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has standard test methods to ensure safe IDLH values (The Immediately dangerous to life or health values) for certification. A good foliage maker gets all of their products tested to ensure that the values are below the accepted norms.

Commercial Grade Materials

There are all types of raw materials available for creating topiary art. But using only commerce grade materials can ensure the quality and durability of the end product. All materials including fabrics, inks, and pigments should be of commercial high grade.

DIY Installations

There is a need for Do It Yourself installations when opting for topiary numbers. Even if the client decides to shift the placement of the logo to another location, it should not require a professional. The installation procedure should be simple and user-friendly. When a manufacturer takes into every application as specified by the customer the end product becomes very easy to be handled by an adult.

Ease of use

Any good business ensures that their products are accompanied by an easily comprehensible user manual along with the necessary tools and hardware for effortless handling, assembling and installation. A seasoned topiary foliage producer does not need to provide any hardware other than a few washers, nuts and bolts. However, all the hardware should also adhere to optimum quality.

Intelligent usage of Custom Topiary Letters or signage by any business ensures expansion and more clients. The results depend on finding a reliable and trustworthy manufacturer with experience and ample infrastructure. If a Topiary creator adheres to all of the above criteria, then it is advisable and safe to make use them to advance your activities positively and bring in more wealth.

It is common for people to use flora to decorate their residences in an attempt to beautify their property. In such situations, natural vegetation is preferred, and artificial foliage is scoffed upon. Artificial foliage gets a bad reputation because it has been claimed that the fakeness of the same can never beat the classiness of natural flora. Well, gone are the days when fake greenery looked fake, now, artificial greenery easily takes on the look of its natural counterpart and gives it a run for its money. The action of looking down on fake greenery comes from a negative knowledge of it, and due to this, people miss out on indeed how wonderful artificial greenery is. So, if knowledge is the issue, this article will be your guiding light.

1.Immortality

One of the most common arguments for artificial greenery is that it never ages with time. It is safe to say that with passing seasons, certain plants and flowers wither away because they cannot stand, by their natural disposition, the situations these seasons bring along. With artificial flora, that is not even a question. Faux outdoor plants survive every season, and there is not a chance of them withering away. Also, we all live busy lives, on some days (or weeks) we forget to water our plants, but you won't need to worry about that if you have artificial flora.

2. Coordination and Favourites

If you are a person who loves the aspect of color coordination and has a special place for nature, you will understand the pain of never having a color-coordinated garden. However, that is only an issue if you plant natural flora. When it comes to artificial foliage, you can coordinate their colors perfectly and not, for a second, worry about the changes in season and flora falling out of coordination.

Artificial foliage is also great if you have favorites when it comes to flora. You don't have to love Lilies only in the summer and have a backup favorite for the winter. You can love Lilies all year round if you have artificial greenery.

3. Economical

Related to the very first point, fake greenery is a lot more affordable than real flora. Due to its very nature, artificial greenery doesn't require rejuvenation or replacement in case of a planting mishap due to the very fact that artificial flora does not need the kind of attention and care that real flora does. In essence, if you like the look of greenery but don't want to invest a lot of time and money on real flora, artificial greenery is the way to go.

4. Does not require a specific area for placement

There is always a certain amount of specifications that come with buying natural flora; it needs to be placed near the sun or away from the sun or that it requires a relaxed environment or a warm environment. These specifications make it incredibly difficult for you to beautify specific locations and places in your residence, therefore, making it difficult for you to make certain areas, like your home gym, look nicer. Having artificial greenery completely rids you of that burden, making it possible for your gazebo and home gym both look great.

5. Safe for allergies

If you are a social person, who likes having people around your house, getting natural flora becomes difficult for certain people are allergic to certain kinds of plants that you might keep in your home. Having artificial greenery reduces the risk of allergies considerably, so, you can be social and still have a beautiful residence.

6. The requirement of little care

Taking care of artificial greenery is far less complicated than taking care of natural flora. Be it a boxwood hedge or a fake green wall, cleaning artificial fauna is incredibly easy. Artificial Greenery requires cleansing only a few times in a month. The cleaning can be done through dusting by using a soft bristle paint brush. For ground in dirt, however, the cleaning can be done by using a soft cloth soaked in warm water. If using warm water, let your plant dry gently so that it does not have a glossy finish.

Faux greenery is a lot easier to maintain and take care of than natural flora, making it a desirable choice and giving it a more significant advantage in the long run.

7. Pet Safe

Imagine going through the pain of finding a pet safe residence, decorating with natural flora and putting in the maximum effort than finding out that some flowers and plants are toxic for your pet. It is a known fact that some favorite plants and flowers, like aloe vera and lilies, are toxic for pets that you might have. Having natural plants will irritate and potentially be lethal for your pet, making you rush to the vet. Acquiring artificial greenery, having pets, is the safest option for they do not, usually, induce allergies in animals.

8. Soil Toxicity and Child Safety

At times, natural flora is not the root cause of a problem, but their accomplices are. Soil toxicity can be a dangerous issue to deal with. A lot of nonlethal plants require soil that is lethal if ingested in large doses. While an adult will not cautiously ingest soil, toddlers and younger children are prone to do so, not knowing better. For the safety of any toddlers or young children present in your house, it is safe to go for faux greenery than to invest in real flora.

Deciding and planning on how to decorate your residence can be excruciating, time-consuming and uneconomical. You must have heard several opinions from several people claiming to know things they do about natural flora through word of mouth or possible personal experience. However, with due evidence and comparisons provided by this article, you should know better and understand how efficient artificial foliage is. In the end, you have to weigh the pros and cons against each other, and when it comes to artificial greenery, there is little in the cons column.

 

If you're thinking about how to choose the decor for your new cafe, you've come to the right place. These ten decor ideas can help you give you cafe the contemporary vibe you've been looking for while keeping things simple and sweet.

Choose a style and theme

The first thing you should consider is to choose a theme or manner in which you want to decorate the cafe. Most cafes nowadays tend to go with a warehouse aesthetic, with lots of exposed lighting and wiring, simple square tables and chairs and brickwork laminates for the walls. Another common theme is retro, with antique chairs and tables and an old French look.

Choose a theme of your liking, and coordinate the furniture, fixtures, and walls with that theme. Say you choose the 60s as your theme, hang up posters of 60s musicians or movie stars, etc. If you select a forest theme, consider getting some fake plants and flowers and maybe some fake ivy or vines for the walls.

Use the space creatively

Don't just have tables and chairs lined up in rows and columns and the counter at one end of the cafe. Mix it up and use your space creatively. Some cafes like to have the counter in the center, and seating arrangements all around. Some cafes are designed like bars with a long counter and stools to sit and enjoy your coffee in the counter itself. Be creative with how you place your tables and chairs, and where you have the counter.

Include activity oriented props or furniture

It's common nowadays to see many cafes include some activities for the customers, such as jukeboxes or bookshelves or board games. Having little shelves by the tables with some books, magazines or games that a group of people can enjoy is a great way to make your cafe popular. Even a simple pack of cards or some crossword puzzles can make a cafe experience much better for a patron.

Another great idea is to include some props for group activities, like a dart board or a pinball machine or a foosball table. Giving your customers something to engage themselves with is a good way of attracting new customers and getting true ones.

Eliminate clutter

Make sure that space is not cluttered. Everyone appreciates a cafe that looks neat and spacious. Over-decorating your walls or tables can be counter-productive. A beautiful empty table with a small napkin holder, salt and pepper dispensers and maybe a small vase with some artificial flowers or a fake bonsai is an excellent way to keep things attractive, yet minimal.

Jazz up the counter

The counter of your cafe should be appealing to the customers. A common mistake cafe owners often make decorating the walls and tables but ignoring the bar and having a plain display. Make your counter stand out and make it eye-catching with some quirky decor matching the theme of the cafe. Suppose you have cafe themed on automobiles, make your counter resemble a vehicle, use stools in the shape of tires, etc.

Lighting is paramount

The lighting of your cafe is essential, and it's easy to spoil the customer's mood with improper lighting. Make sure there is enough light for the customers to move around and see their food and drinks and read the menu, but not too much light. Cafes are mostly designed to be cozy spaces meant for relaxing and chilling with friends or family, or by oneself.

Cozy colored lighting, matching your theme, is the goal. If you're using a retro look, exposed overhead bulbs and minimalistic lamps spaced around the floors are a good idea. If you're going for an elegant modern look, concealed lighting of light tones is a good idea.

Set the mood with sound

The decor isn't only visual, and the ambiance of the cafe also depends on the sound. Some soft ambient music goes a long way in giving your customers a wholesome and satisfying cafe experience. Since cafes are used by most people to chat and catch up with each other, the music shouldn't be too loud or intrusive; rather it should be relaxing and feel like it's a background to the conversations.

Mix and Match

There is an emerging trend in cafes now to use non-coordinated furnishing. All your tables need not look the same, as well as your chairs. You can have differently themed tables and sitting arrangements in the same cafe. The same goes for the decor, like lamps of different kinds, different arrangements of fake flower arrangements or fake potted plants.

For example, you can have long tables with benches, small round tables with poufs or stools and maybe a hanging swinging chair in a corner in the same shop. You can also have long sofas or duvets with a bookshelf beside it for those who like to read while they sip on their coffee.

Use your walls as a canvas

The walls of your cafe have great potential when it comes to customer satisfaction. Unlike in restaurants, the mood in a cafe is lighter, and demographic usually is younger. Many cafes all over the world have picked up on this and turned their walls into a canvas. Rather than just regular painted walls, commission an artist to draw on the walls according to your cafes theme.

Pay attention to the outside

Don't just concentrate on the decor inside the cafe; pay attention to the decoration on the outside of your cafe. Many cafes like to include a few tables and chairs outside their doors for those who prefer to have their refreshments outside. Take care to make the outside walls, windows, and doors attractive and welcoming to passers-by, so that footfall increases for your cafe. A few fake plants, fake wreaths or some faux outdoor plants are also excellent choices for decorating the outside of your cafe.

Conclusion

So go ahead and decorate your cafe just the way you want it because the most important thing is that it be unique and represent your aesthetic. Keep these tips in mind, and get creative with your ideas, and you'll have a fantastic cafe in no time.

Increasing the footfall to your store can be a difficult and Herculean task.

In today’s competitive times, people do a lot of online shopping, which works as a deterrent from abstaining people to visit stores.

However, research shows that retail stores are still, the famous shopping zone and places where people prefer to shop.

So, how can you make your retail store, “the hot-spot of the market” and draw swarming crowds to your retail outlet?

Let's see how a few décor hacks can make a big difference.

# A super-attractive outer area

It’s imperative to make the outside of your retail store look attractive and engaging.

People will only step inside your store if they find it nice and interesting. If the décor looks good from the outside, it will capture customer's attention which will make them step in.

You can put a few hoardings like “what’s new this season,” or, “what are the latest trends,” which will make the outside engaging and inviting.

Another good idea can be a separate display area for the hottest selling products, the ones which are being sold like hot-cakes!

You can also offer special discounts which can help in attracting customers.

Also, try changing the hoardings and advertisements on a daily or weekly basis. This will compel the visitors to enter and eventually help to boost sales.

# Make the décor look different from the others

Experiment with the décor of your retail store. Make it different from others and the usual ones by giving it a rich and quirky look. Hackneyed and monotonous retail outlets are very boring and a total put-off.

People get excited to see new and happening stuff, like a new décor or a newly done-up space.

Decorate your retail outlet keeping in mind the nature of your products and what your store is about.

# Try the Display Mantra

Display all the good things possible. And as much as you can. Make your store eye-catchy- for example- If you are selling home décor products, it’s always a good idea to showcase and display the products in a display area, separately.

This captures the attention of your prospective shoppers, and they’ll feel like walking in and buying the stuff.

So, use the display mantra for your advantage. It works most of the time.

# Make the Space breathable and spacious

Nobody would like to visit a place that’s tacky and clamped-up. Instead, make your retail space look super-classy by making it look spacious and airy.

Shoppers feel tempted, to step in a place which breathes life. The aura and the ambiance of your retail should exude a sense of classiness.

It will make customers feel happy. The customers will feel like stepping-in and checking out the products you have in the offering. Looks do matter. So, make your store look good.

As the saying goes, a thing of beauty is a joy forever!

# Use Ornamental Decorative Ideas

A store can look super-stylish with beautiful decoration.

Decorate your retail space specifically to coordinate the product that you’re selling.

For example, if you are selling merchandise and clothing for girls and women, decorate the place using pink, like pink balloons, ribbons, dolls, purses, cosmetics, and mostly girly products and the items which girls use.

Same applies to boys and men’s retail outlets. Decorate an all-boys and men store with dumbbells, weight-lifting and body-building equipment, for show and attraction. This works because it flaunts about your target customers and what you have in store for them.

# Use a lot of greenery and plants

People appreciate and love greenery. Not only it’s ‘Pro-Earth’ and also goes with the social responsibility of “Going Green,” but it also appeals to the human eye.

It’s also a practical solution. People like the feel of greenery and plants around.

This will make the retail outlet get a natural look. Try using boxwood landscaping in the outdoor areas of your retail space. It really looks gorgeous.

Also, a beautiful landscape will drive customers to see the beauty of your retail store. Use, boxwood hedges outside your store to make it look lively and exuberant.

It will also add a pleasant feel, and people will love to throng your retail store.

# Use Artificial Decoration

These days, artificial greenery is also in vogue. Not only does it look classy, but it’s also quite a rage. It can change how your office looks because of its modern appeal.

Artificial plants are also very economical and cost-effective. Easy-maintenance is another significant advantage. It can revamp the entire look of your commercial space and give it a rich and fabulous look.

These days the market is full of artificial plants for the commercial spaces which are specially designed for outdoor areas to make it look green and attractive.

Fake hedges on the outsides of a store are also a good idea. Panel scapes can be used in the insides. These look stylish and are available in different shapes and designs.

# Flash discount schemes on the entrance

Customers get really attracted to innovative schemes and discounts. Try it to attract and lure customers and to draw them in.

Giving discounts and rebates work to draw customers. Luring advertisements on the entrance will make the customers pour in. This gradually results in good marketing and increasing footfall.

# Create a Creative corner for the customers

Customers love unique and creative ideas. Believe it or not, customers get attracted to novel experiences. It will make the customers eager to know what’s in store for them?

This strategy can be used for increasing customer visits.

Immersive and recreational experiences are also a great way to capture customer’s interest if will also accelerate sales.

Also, play some good music which goes with the mood and theme of your store.

Last but not least, always give qualitative service. Excellent amenities are a super-attraction. It’s a sure shot way to ‘delight and WoW’ your customers and makes them visit your store more often.

Also, make arrangements for practical needs -for example- a hydrating station, a mobile charger booth, kid’s playing area, kids care stations, etc.

Offer snacks and refreshments as a goodwill gesture. These provisions will make customers feel happy and draw them in, more frequently to your bricks and mortar store.

So you see, increasing the footfall to your retail store can also be a fun and enjoyable task, provided you take the right steps.

If you are a retail store owner, one of your biggest responsibilities is to please your customers. The moment customers step into your retail store; they take a few seconds or minutes to look around. Now, these few minutes work as the deciding factor in the mind of the customer. It is these minutes that determine whether the customer will stay or not. This is why; your retail store needs to have a great décor. It is to make sure that the customers decide to stay back in your shop and make your business flourishing.

The main thing to keep in mind here is that you will not need a vast amount of money to decorate your retail store pleasingly. A minimal amount of money, if used wisely can serve this purpose. Here are some tips that will definitely help you in understanding the store decorating process better. This will thus, in turn, help you decorate your own store.

Use Greenery on your Walls and Windows:

Using artificial greenery arrangements into the space of your retail shop at window displays, fixed merchandising areas or point of sale locations can be a good idea. These unique features will establish a connection with nature, and also will significantly reduce your cost of maintenance depending on the product. You can also consider using artificial hedge backdrop to add more greenery. Using fake greenery plants will serve you many purposes. It will at once give a unique look to your retail shop. It will also soothe your customers as plants affect people. Moreover, being artificial, your plants will need no extra care of watering and other maintenances.

Play some soulful background Music:

When it comes to decorating your retail shop, it is important to keep the musical factor in mind. You should chalk out in your head about how loud the music should be and how will it sound to the customers. Research has proven that playing background music can have a direct effect on the behavior of a shopper. So, if you are a retail shop owner, you should specifically keep that in mind. One of the finest options here is to use a Bluetooth speaker to play music in your shop.

Use QR Codes on Shelf Tags:

Putting a QR code on the shelf tag or on the product itself has various benefits. A QR code connects the customers to deep links into launch chats, apps or even plays videos. A QR code can connect the customer from a retail shop to an online e-commerce store. It can give the customer all the necessary product information and also help him in buying it. Thus, adding a simple QR code to your products will enhance the quality of your retails shop. It will also make the customers more interested in your products.

Prepare a well though path for the Customers to walk:
Preparing a well-thought path will ensure that your customers enjoy a more pleasant visit to your shop. The well thought path will keep the traffic in your shop under control and will provide a calm atmosphere. This technique also makes sure that your products get the most significant exposure. Also, keep in mind to reward your consumers with pleasant and eye-catching displays as they walk on the path you have prepared for them.

Paint the Walls of your Store:

Painting the walls of your store holds a significant place in attracting customers. You can consider painting the walls of your store with bright colors to give out a positive and welcoming vibe. You can also paint a side of your wall to make it serve as an accent wall. This will not only draw the attention of the customers but also will make the store look larger. Making an accent wall does not always require paint. You can also do so by putting bright colored and painted fabric or wallpaper to achieve the same kind of effect. You should make sure to match it with the remaining part of the store by painting the floors and furniture with neutral colors.

Use proper Lighting:

In case you have a retail shop that is quite old, you can upgrade your lights to give the shop a new and modern look. Changing the regular bulbs used in your shop will bring a huge difference in the look of the shop. Use the lighting in a way that will highlight certain areas of your shop where you want your customers to look. Use a mixture of bright and dim lights to create a balancing atmosphere in your shop.

Choose the correct styles of Display:

Make sure that huge displays do not take up much space in your shop. You can show your creativity by using unconventional containers to stock up your products that will not take up much space. These products will give an interesting look to your shop. You can go against the conventional norms of displaying products and play with the displays to make ways more creative and also to clear the clutter. This will provide your shop with more space.

Use Mirrors to make the store appear larger:

If you use mirrors correctly, you can make a limited space look open and case. In your retail shop, you can consider putting a large mirror by the window in the proper angle to showcase the environment of the outer side. Moreover, using mirrors in different spaces will give your customers options to try out accessories in front of them.

These tips as mentioned above will definitely help you in revamping your retail shop for good. However, ultimately it depends on your budget and your availability of space to decide how you will decorate your retail shop. You can take a hint from these tips and then do the decoration on your own. You can also get creative with these tips. After that give an entirely new look to your retails shop that will definitely attract more customers.

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