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TFL Before and After: Education

As theories of design continue to evolve, it is undeniable that we are increasingly guided by the idea that the spaces in which we conduct our lives not only provide a stage for our activities, but can have a significant impact on the success of those activities. One arena where this notion is receiving particular attention is in the education sector. No longer do we subscribe to a model of schools with standardized, unimaginative classrooms and campus layouts. Instead, we move toward designs that provide greater learning and teaching options for students and instructors, embrace environmental consciousness, and support inspiring sensory experiences.

Arclin TFL can be the foundation of transformations for educational environments. With its functional, multi-use character, green sourcing, and design-forward options, TFL is the choice for building better schools.

Learning In (and Out) of the Classroom

Arclin TFL - Before & After TFL in Education

One of the most important changes in contemporary educational curricula is the idea that learning can – and should – happen in a variety of environments. E-learning technologies allow classes to be held practically anywhere, and more administrators and instructors are seeking ways to take students out of the confines of the traditional classroom. Open space learning environments, mock clinical settings, and building designs that transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor areas are gaining traction in forward-thinking educational design.

TFL, with its durability, hygienic qualities, and wide range of applications, can accommodate the needs of these varied learning spaces. TFL designs are at home in office, healthcare, high-traffic, and residential spaces – all of which are applicable in new takes on educational architecture.

Green Learning

Arclin TFL - Before & After TFL in Education

Sustainability is a watchword for all aspects of contemporary life, and bringing tenants of environmentalism into classrooms is vital. Educational settings from preschools to universities are committing to campaigns such as enhanced recycling programs and community gardening, but the materials used to build learning spaces are also drawing more scrutiny.

Using TFL is an ideal way to make educational building environmentally conscious, from the ground up. Able to replicate the look of natural materials without depleting natural resources, TFL is manufactured in certified facilities, guaranteeing its responsible sourcing. TFL can also help in the LEED accreditation process, earning facilities greed building ratings. TFL can contribute to a healthier learning environment, both for those occupying the spaces, and the larger environments in which they are placed.

Inspiring Design

Arclin TFL - After Photo in University Collaboration Rooms

While functionality will always be a hallmark of educational design, gone are cookie cutter classrooms that are impossible to distinguish from one another. Instead, practical, serviceable spaces are being augmented with materials and colors meant to spark students’ and teachers’ creativity. Using spaces as a backdrop for exploration by providing multiple ways to learn in a single space, and by imbuing these spaces with stimulating materials is changing the way learning is leveraged.

Once again, Arclin TFL is up to the task. With an incredible array of choices in colors and finishes, we lay the foundation for exciting educational environments.

Ten Modern Interior Design Trends for 2019

Does the new year have you gazing around your home, office, or place of business, seeking a change of scenery? You’re not alone: from colors and patterns to furniture and fixtures, the leading minds in design are weighing in on what will be trendy in interior design in 2019.

Arclin TFL can serve as the foundation for any of the following suggestions. With its functionality, beauty, and easy maintenance, TFL is the ideal start for a new view in your home, office, or commercial location. Contact us today to learn more.

1. Boho Chic

The fun, whimsical, hippie-inspired look of Boho fashion has returned for home design in 2019. Still laid-back and relaxed, modern boho also incorporates rich colors and textures that keep the style fresh and interesting. Think leather, clean lined furniture and tighter color palettes paired with hand-painted tiles, vintage textiles and bold wallpaper.

Modern Boho Chic Room - Arclin TFL - Design Trends 2019

2. Stylish & Sustainable

Sustainability and mindfulness – both in materials and design – remains relevant this year. Consumers have a continuing commitment to examining the source of their design elements, their environmental impact, and the purpose of each piece they incorporate. This includes creating a thoughtful, environmentally-conscious foundation on which to stage other pieces – a perfect role for TFL.

Sustainable Design - Arclin TFL - 2019 Trends

3. Artisanal Accents

Handcrafted pieces (and those that look handcrafted) are extremely popular. This trend is particularly appealing to decorators who seek to use relatively few pieces to customize an otherwise minimalistic space. An increasing interest in patronizing local artisans and vendors also drives interest in artisanal décor; a local farmers and crafters market can be an excellent source of unique options, close to home.

Artisanal Accents - Arclin TFL - 2019 Design Trends

4. Varied Colors and Palettes

This is a great year to express yourself through color, with a wide range of choices currently trending. From pastels to terracotta to various shades of gray, fresh looks on old favorites are revitalizing interiors of both homes and commercial settings. Vibrant greens are also big right now, given their eye-catching, but soothing qualities. Arclin TFL, with its vast array of color options has you covered.

Varied Colors and Palettes - Arclin TFL - 2019 Design Trends

5. Multi-Functional Spaces

As we’ve noted before, more people are seeking living and working spaces that can accommodate a variety of people, tasks, and needs. Consumers are demonstrating a growing interest in multi-use furniture (the Murphy Bed is making a comeback!) and in living/working areas that can do double duty.

Multifunctional Spaces - 2019 Design Trends - Arclin TFL

6. Hygge

Hygge, a Scandinavian concept of comfort and coziness, is continuing to gain visibility in 2019 – especially in those regions dealing with cold winter weather. While this may bring to mind chunky sweaters and curling up under blankets, modern hygge interior design seeks to blend soft luxury with functionality. By keeping an eye to comfort in everything from colors to fabrics to furniture shape, hygge design creates cozy spaces that are still workable and attractive.

Hygge - 2019 Design Trends - Arclin TFL

7. Natural Finishes

Materials made from, or that look like, stone and wood are being used for their organic feel. Creating a perfect backdrop for any design motif and accessories, these materials set the stage for a spectrum of interior options. Arclin’s woodgrains and stone options are a perfect fit for this trend.

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8. Bold Kitchens

Kitchens dominated by clean lines, white backdrops, and lots of stainless steel may be taking a backseat to bolder, more personal preparation and eating spaces. New thoughts in kitchen design seek to use visually compelling accessories and to blend kitchen design more seamlessly with the rest of the home, incorporating textiles and furniture pieces more commonly seen in living spaces.

Bold Kitchens Design Trends - Arclin TFL

9. Plants

While green color palettes are getting a nod in 2019, so too are “real” greens, in the form of decorative houseplants. Regardless of the size or purpose of a space, plants add an organic, natural touch. Consumers can mix trends by potting their plants in artisanal vessels and by incorporating them into less-expected places, such as kitchens.

Plants - Design Trends - Arclin TFL

10. Soft, Ambient Lighting

As more and more workers and homeowners move away from harsh, fluorescent lighting, soft illumination concepts are increasingly sought. Lampshades with opaque glass and design options like lighting rooms from below rather than above are expected to been seen more in 2019.

Ambient Lighting - Design Trends - Arclin TFL

Mindful Design: TFL in Retail and Hospitality

Contemporary consumers are no longer just looking for great products at affordable prices – they also have a social conscience. Fair trade goods, ethical marketplaces, and even smartphone apps that guide customers toward purchases they can feel good about are increasingly common. Similarly, many shoppers and guests seek to patronize businesses and companies that embrace environmentally friendly practices, including the materials they use in their storefronts and attractions. In fact, industry leaders such as Starbucks are partnering with environmentally-focused organizations to develop and implement best practices for greener business practices. The company is developing a “Greener Stores” program to examine existing and build new locations to reduce its environmental impact and implement mindful design practices.

Mindful Design with TFL

Arclin TFL – which has, in fact, been the material of choice for many retail locations – is a holistic solution for retail and hospitality industries: attractive, low-maintenance, environmentally sound products that support sustainable business operations. Those seeking to stay ahead with practices that show a commitment to the environment, can find solutions with TFL.

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Conscious Shopping

With Millennials poised to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest population demographic in the U.S. by 2019, the retail and hospitality industries must be prepared to service a new demographic of consumers more likely to be influenced by social concerns in their spending habits. A deeper understanding of what Millennials value as shoppers and visitors is emerging; research is indicating that they choose to support businesses with ethically conscious, environmentally aware practices.

In addition to Millennials, increasing number of consumers of all generations are looking for ways to downsize, minimalize, and adopt lifestyles that reduce environmental impacts. This is an ideal time for companies to explore ways to fall in line with these trends.

Sustainable Options

Arclin TFL covers all bases: stylish design, exceptional performance, and, with materials that mimic the look and feel of natural materials without compromising natural resources, a means to advance green business practices.

TFL is an ideal choice for a variety of retail and hospitality applications: from fixtures to shelving; displays, cabinets, and furniture. Natural-looking woodgrain options are very popular right now. TFL can be a better option than real wood, providing consistency, durability, and cost savings in high traffic customer spaces while still providing the look consumers love. Given improvements in manufacturing technology, TFL can mimic textures and colorations that can be even more attractive than “authentic” wood surfaces.

Arclin’s Retail Design choices provide an array of palette choices and are equally at home in traditional, rustic design schemes, contemporary, abstract settings, and anything in between. Visit our design pages to spark ideas for your unique business needs and mindful design approach.

5 Building Materials for Eco-Friendly Interiors

5 Eco-Friendly Building Materials - Arclin TFL

Over the last decade, architecture and interior design have embraced more natural alternatives. And it is no surprise, when you consider that sustainability is an attractive move for both the planet and profit.

Architect Magazine reported in October that buildings consume about 40% of the energy in the U.S. annually. In addition, they are responsible for emitting nearly half of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. The 2017 article, “The Climate Is Changing. So Must Architecture,” calls for architects to use more sustainable materials that consume far fewer resources.

Consumers want healthier materials in their spaces that are kinder to our natural resources. Architects and interior designers need to seek out solutions such as designing LEED certified buildings, which can drop carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30% while reducing water and energy consumption.

While companies like Arclin are always developing innovative eco-friendly materials, here are five options to consider today when designing an eco-friendly interior.

Coco Tiles

Coco tiles are a natural alternative for flooring, backsplashes, walls, etc. Made from reclaimed coconut shells, this product reduces waste, while bringing a hint of nature into offices, restaurants, health care facilities and hotels. Kirei, a company focused on creating eco-friendly products, has mastered the art of the coco tile.

Bamboo

Bamboo has traditionally been used for decorating, but is now making a name for itself as an alternative building material. Using bamboo as flooring can be beneficial in more ways than one. Bamboo is water-resistant, and won’t stain like traditional hardwood flooring that swells when water is trapped inside a panel. And, bamboo flooring can be extremely durable depending on how it is manufactured, especially if it is strand woven. You can expect easy maintenance if you choose bamboo flooring.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood can be used for flooring, furniture, ceiling beams, and so much more. Using reclaimed wood in interior design is an eco-friendly way to add character to any room. The color palettes affiliated with reclaimed wood are limitless. It can add a tropical atmosphere to a restaurant or a feeling of comfort to a healthcare facility. Reclaimed wood is an eco-friendly alternative to cutting down living trees for building materials. You can rest easy knowing that your interior design isn’t harming the environment.

Cork

Cork is a versatile material that can be used all over your home or in commercial spaces. Adding a sheet of cork to an office wall can offer sustainability, because the extraction process for cork does not harm the tree it is taken from and the bark it is made from replenishes every 9 years. It also adds convenience and utility to the room. Additionally, cork provides excellent insulation for both temperature and acoustics control. This cost-effective material has also been used for flooring, as its cushion-like surface is easy to stand on for long periods of time.

TFL

Our favorite green product of all is TFL — a cost-effective alternative to the other surface options on the market. When considering the use TFL in your next design project, remember that these products are versatile and work across a variety of applications and industries. With advanced printing technologies, these decorative overlays enable us to mimic the design properties of real wood, but it is made with papers derived from tree fibers grown on controlled, fast-growing plantations. Just take a look at designs like Charles Bridge to see what we mean!