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Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

A time-honored classic in a range of design environments, the popularity of wood surfaces continues. With the versatility to fit into any decorating scheme, from traditional and rustic to minimal and modern, wood is an ideal choice. But how do you go about mixing different wood elements in your design schemes? Learn more about the design rules for matching wood surfaces and view a few of Arclin TFL’s wood finish options.

Warm Up; Be Cool When Matching Wood Surfaces

Creating a beautiful wood-based design does not require that all wood surfaces match; in fact, the visual interest that comes with mixing different kinds of wood in a space it part of the appeal. However, you can find some guidance by considering each wood’s undertone: is it warm or cool? Warm woods appear red, orange, or yellow (like Arclin’s Alabama Cherry), while cool woods look gray (check out Charles Bridge). Keeping all wood pieces in a space in the same undertone family can create a unified look. If in doubt, you can focus primarily on a beige-toned wood (such as Kinabalu Teak), which has a neutral undertone and will complement either warm or cool counterparts.

Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

“Common” Sense in Matching Wood Surfaces

Ensuring that your wood elements have something in common will also tie your design together. Again: this doesn’t mean everything needs to match – just that the pieces share a theme. For instance, you might focus on wood pieces with strong, clean lines in a modern design scheme; or, you might consider working in pieces with a similar finish (e.g., woodgrain patterns like those in pine and oak). Applying this tactic along with the color considerations noted above will set you up for a space that is visually congruent, without being boring.

Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

In with the New…and the Old

Most spaces evolve over time – particularly in residential settings. This means that pieces are added as needed and materials are not purchased and placed together. This creates a wonderful sense of history, as older pieces are mixed with newer in ways that reflect the occupants’ changing circumstances and tastes. Like The Spruce recommends, so long as you bear in mind tenets of keeping elements complementary, the charm of bringing together pieces from different eras can outweigh the benefits of consistency.

If you’re looking to integrate wood surfaces into your next design project, Arclin TFL is the place to start. Like all of our surfaces, wood-look TFL is durable, high-performing, low maintenance, and an environmentally friendly option. Contact us today to find out more.

There’s Nothing Boring About Neutral

When you think of neutral colors, you might picture bland, unimaginative spaces with little style or character. However, when done right, neutrals offer a range of decorative possibilities. Using a neutral base such as white, off-white, grey, or taupe can connect with your living space, create continuity, and serve as an ideal backdrop for colorful furniture or accent pieces. See which Arclin TFL designs pair excellently with your neutral palette.

Why Neutrals?

Neutral Colors in Interior Design

The beauty of neutrals are in their versatility. First, neutrals themselves have come a long way since the days when beige and cream were the only options. Now, ivory, taupe, grey, and others come in an array of shade and tone options that make them a lovely standalone choice. You might consider layering different versions of the same neutral color to give a room a peaceful, yet pulled-together look. Second, neutrals are perfect for staging other design elements, such as boldly patterned furniture or colorful art.

Neutral Shades and TFL

Neutral colors like sand shoal
Arclin’s large, versatile color collection ensures you’ll find the neutral tone (or tones) perfect for your design project. Classic colors like Antique White and Porcelain are beautiful, soothing base colors for any room and can serve as the primary color schemes in an overall neutral look.

With Arclin design overlays for TFL, you can also step your neutral game up by incorporating eye-catching textures to add visual appeal to your palette. For example, wood grain patterns in neutral colors like Sand Shoal bring an organic, natural feel to your space. Arclin also plays on the popularity of greys in neutral color schemes, with the stone-like look of Skyline Dusk.

And, as always, choosing Arclin design overlays for TFL means high performance at a lower cost than similar products and an environmentally-friendly option that protects natural resources and supports improved indoor air quality.

Pop with TFL

neutral colors in design
As noted above, neutrals can stand alone, or can serve as a great background to add color through accents. While furniture, art, and decorative pieces can fulfill this purpose, keep in mind that TFL is also available in a number of bold colors to bring pizazz to your design schemes. An option like Navajo Red will draw the eye in any setting. You can also browse Arclin’s design collections, to see how TFL can be integrated into projects by visiting arclintfl.com.

No matter how you stage your neutrals, Arclin TFL is a solid choice. Contact us today to learn more.

Staying in the Lines: Design with the Stinsons

Lineal designs encapsulate clean, vertical lines that create a sense of height, regardless of the layout of the spaces in which they are used. Stinsons are a part of The Harvest Collection. They can be incorporated with other colors and patterns in that collection to create harmonious, compelling designs. Read on for more details on the Stinsons, the Harvest Collection, and Arclin’s decorative TFL overlays.

The Harvest Collection: A Bounty of Design Options

Stinson TFL overlay

The Harvest Collection offers a robust suite of TFL decorative overlay options. This harmonious collection covers everything from rich woodgrains to metallic hints to suggestions of stone. They enhance warm, cool, and neutral palettes that are at home in residential, retail, healthcare, and other settings.

Providing beautiful, durable options across surfaces, the collection lends itself particularly well to furniture and built-ins for kitchen, lobby, and offices alike. Select from several options included Arclin’s SurfaceSync TFL Matching Program, which provides information for matching our products with those of suppliers throughout the industry. Teknaform premium edgebanding blends well when designing with the Stinsons.

Design with the Stinsons Lineals

Within the larger Harvest Collection are the Stinson designs. Altogether, they are three lineals that bring the grandeur of tall structures and trees indoors. The Stinsons are available in three colors: Stinson Gray, Stinson Trail, and Stinson Umber. Each is suited to complement a range of larger design schemes. More specifically, the Stinsons blend seamlessly into modern, rustic, or blended spaces. For example, the kitchen design below illustrates how Stinson Umber coordinates with stainless appliances and accessories to create an attractive mix of organic and manufactured materials.

Design with the Stinsons

Pulling together a cohesive finish is quickly accomplished with the Stinson designs. Modern looks and feels might suggest utilizing neutrals found in Stinson Gray.

Stinson: Solid Design Choice

Overall, creating a wood-based environment offers the serenity and comfort of a natural setting. Further, TFL within the Stinson family provides the classic design components that transform any space into an ideal setting. Learn how to optimally select wood surfaces that honor a timeless aesthetic.

The Stinsons, the Harvest Collection, and all Arclin TFL options are high performing, lower-cost choices that offer superior performance in all design environments. Further, TFL is a green alternative to solid woods and is derived from sustainably harvested sources. Contact us today to find out more.

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

common area tfl, Hospitality

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.

Maximalism - Arclin TFL

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.

 


 

Arclin TFL What's Driving Retail Store Design
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?