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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.

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