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TFL Before and After: Hospitality Spaces

TFL in Hospitality

TFL, Hotel Room, Hospitality

The hospitality industry has, in the last decade, demonstrated continuing recovery from the Recession of the late 2000s. From 2009-2017, U.S. hotel bookings grew from $116 billion to $185 billion, while other sectors, such as restaurants, showed associated growth. At the same time, U.S. venues face increasing competition from international counterparts, making the drive to improve on infrastructure and amenities more and more essential.

From better lobby experiences to sleeker interiors, hospitality locations are evolving so they may bring more guests in, and keep them in their venues longer. Learn how Arclin’s decorative overlays for TFL can help make your hotel or food service location a friendlier, more profitable space.  

Design an Experience, Not Just a Space

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Players in the hospitality industry face unique challenges – among them, the diverse range of stakeholders served and the growing expectations of these guests. While the physical elements of the places these consumers occupy are critical, “It’s also about designing an experience that flows,” says WATG|Wimberly Interiors, a hospitality design firm. Hoteliers are moving away from traditional, generic designs and toward an optimized visitor experience. For instance, a “blurring” between home experiences and hotel experiences, with more relaxed, yet stylish designs, are gaining popularity. Extended-stay hotels are increasingly mimicking home-like amenities, with emphasis on separate guest and visitor spaces and upgraded kitchen and bathroom facilities.

TFL, with its ability to serve as the foundation for any room, can set the stage for high-quality hotel stays. Equally at home in kitchen, bathroom, and living settings, TFL is the durable, functional option around which to build rooms and suites. In addition to being long-lasting, easy to clean, and maintain, TFL’s vast array of style options allows you to take your guest experience anywhere it needs to go.

Convenience Without Compromise: Restaurant Design Trends

TFL, Restaurant, social setting, design

Guests are seeking more from the locations they patronize – restaurants, cafes, and other food service locations are increasingly serving as spots for food, socialization, and work. Spaces are shifting to accommodate distance workers and telecommuters – those who are conducting business from home or alternative locations. This also includes those undertaking multiple roles (such as student and employee) from a single venue.

On one hand, this has placed a premium on an open concept, adaptable layouts that can accommodate these varied needs. At the same time, incorporating touches of elegance into design and offerings is also appreciated and rewarded by guests. For example, fine dining establishments are exploring ways to provide quality food experiences at lower price points, with associated shifts in design. Cafes and other venues associated with higher-dollar parent establishments are enjoying strong growth.

TFL, with its capacity to adapt to any sort of hospitality space you can envision, has you covered for walls, fixtures, and more. At once practical and elegant, it’s perfectly suited to restaurants-as-workspaces, those trying to achieve casual glamour, and anything in between. Contact Arclin to discuss possible design options, or with any questions you might have.

Minimalism vs. Maximalism: What You Need to Know

In 2017, minimalism was a hot topic. And now, two months into 2018, the word “maximalism” is becoming more present in the interior design world. In an ever-changing industry, we understand that it can be difficult to keep up! So we’re here to fill you in on the two trends and you can decide which is the best fit for your design projects.

Minimalism: Less is More

In a nutshell, less is more for minimalism. Minimalism is about simplicity. In interior and commercial design, this can be applied to a building’s structure, material overlay, decor, and furniture. The clean lines, neutral and soft color palettes, and the opening of spaces often associated with minimalism reflect some of the movement’s core values. The tone of minimalism intends to evoke actions of peace. Think of slowing down, breathing deeply, and practicing gratitude. Spas and hospitals can benefit from the tranquility that minimalism can inspire. Minimalism can also function well in small, or boutique-style retail stores because it promotes organization and space optimization. A minimalist interior design can offer a great pairing for offices or stores that concentrate their branding efforts on innovation or modernism. Apple stores use minimalism to present a sleek and modern style, which echoes many of their product designs.

Minimalism Cafe Design - Arclin TFL

Maximalism: Go Big or Go Home

As you may have guessed, maximalism tugs at the opposite end of the spectrum from that of minimalism. Maximalism combines different textures, colors, and patterns to explore the potential of a room or building. It supports variety and excessiveness, and gives designers permission to find balance from diversity to make everything blend together in perfect harmony for one eclectic design. This trend can benefit a retail store by leaving room to showcase a unique and attractive brand through decorative choices. Maximalism can also work well for cutting-edge fashion retailers that want to reflect creativity in the design of their stores. Maximalism may also be the perfect fit for cafes or restaurants that want to uphold a quirky and unique spirit in their presentation.

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The Winner?

Is there a correct choice when it comes to which side of the fence you’re on in the minimalism vs. maximalism debate? The truth is that there are benefits to adopting either trend. It all comes down to the identity of the business and which trend mimics its personality and brand best. If you find yourself somewhere in the middle, great! Commercial and interior design are about artistry, functionality, and making the right mark on a space. Whatever your vision, know that Arclin is on your side. Our decorative overlays for TFL can complement a simplistic and open office space or a piquant hotel or retail store. Explore our TFL collections to discover which laminate best fits your vision here.

Trend Watch: Retail

Here are our Top #5 picks for trends worth watching in retail interiors and store fixtures.

 

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Turns out, it is easy being green

Trend watchers note a surge in green, perhaps taking to heart Pantone’s “greenery” Color of the Year for 2017. And we continue to see the trend grow in popularity this year! At last week’s GlobalShop retail design show in Chicago, bright shades of green were at the forefront of many displays, from lighting and accent walls to shelving and flooring. With its undercurrents of blue and yellow, greens can be fun to match with decorative surfaces, simply for their versatility!

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Momentum through Reinvention

We’ve all read the recent news of another wave of decline of traditional bricks and mortar retail. Who’s surviving — or even thriving — and how? It’s the stores willing to reinvent themselves. Their inventory, their stories, their online strategies, their environments. Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are leading the way. Now imagine how much reinventing you can do with…


 


Texture: high tech to high touch

Love this expression: “hoarder chic.” Just like we can’t pass up touching the fine silk blouse or a chunky sweater, retail environments are catering to our sense of tech and touch. That is, they’re creating tactile environments that combine high tech and, say, aged brick — or sleek with vintage elements.

These designs make the marriage of vintage and modern, rough and smooth easy on the eyes and the fingertips.

 


 

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Bridging: The store of the future

Facial recognition technology, holographic product displays, drone deliveries — these are already becoming part of the retail experience as retailers bridge their online and offline worlds. Even with declines in physical locales, there is a committed sense among the experts that bridging technology and human experience, and on- and offline realms will guide the future.

We imagine these high tech designs helping make the bridge:


 

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The boutique makes a (refreshing) comeback

Pop-ups, lifestyle stores, customized shops “curated to reflect their neighborhoods” —  the trend in boutique retailing takes nothing off the table. Creativity, unanticipated pairings and creating new customer experiences are…popping up…around the world.
No limits!


 

Global Inspired – Design Tricks to Get that European Look

When looking around the globe for design tricks, Europe is ripe with ideas to borrow. Its long-lasting influences, timelessness, and ability to complement many different architectural styles make it a favorite among interior designers and architects.

However, the thing with a “European” look is that it is not just one style. You must first decide if the countryside elegance found in corners of Sweden, the hills of Switzerland, lush Tuscany, or fragrant Provence is what you want. Or perhaps, the bustling streets of Barcelona, London, and Berlin are more rousing to influence your next project. Whichever you choose, here are a few design tricks to keep in mind.

Arclin TFL - Gray Design Tricks in The Harvest CollectionDesign Trick 1: Nuanced Colors

European-styled homes tend to use a color palette filled with a variety of warmer shades. Nuanced colors like sandstone, coffee, or sweeping grays can help create a rich and sophisticated feel.

Design Trick 2: Experiment With Texture

Adding different textures to the floors and walls adds instant character. For example, a Nordic-styled home might use wide oak-colored panels paired with delicate patterned fabrics to instantly create a welcoming, but worldly feel.

Design Trick 3: Form Meets Function

European style furniture and buildings tend to use good quality material and is well-made. In other words, it’s not only looks great, but it works great too. Objects are appreciated for their lines and materials just as much as the purpose they serve.

Design tricks by Arclin TFL - European StyleDesign Trick 4: Give It a Lived-In Feel

A lived-in feel goes a long way for creating a welcoming space. It is why hygge (the Danish quality of coziness and comfort) is taking the world by storm. Depth and warmth are achieved through patinas, antiquing – and yes, textures. Display everyday items – collectables on a simple shelving or photographs in aged frames help finish the mood.

Design Trick 5: It’s All in the Details

And there is no better way to encourage that lived-in feel than with design details. Whether it is the subtle coloring on trim or thoughtfully placed object d’art, European style often plays elements against one another — think clean lines of a modern Italian kitchen counters against a large pop of color or loft style furniture in a rustic Spanish-style stone interior.

Now – your turn. What do you think creates a European feel?