Interior Design for Service Business by the Sea

Social media continues to drive awareness and bring in traffic for businesses across Sydney. Whether it’s a quaint cafe tucked in a quiet inner street, or a fancy restaurant by the sea, businesses, specifically service businesses, are understanding the impact of having visually-appealing interiors to their social media presence.

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For businesses by the sea, it is ideal to get the right elements together to bring out the desired ambiance for the business while maximizing the beauty of its surroundings. From Terrazzo flooring with white and light blue aggregates, to varnished wood and marble tables, here are some tips that can help get the right aesthetics to achieve a social-media-worthy interiors for the business.

1. Use the colors of surrounding areas as the base color.

Pick out the most prominent hues of the surrounding areas. Whether its the greens of some trees leading to the ocean, or the deep navy blue of the sea immediately facing the front pavements, or just a cooler tone of white, it is ideal to select a good base that would cover most of the interiors. Hotels or restaurants, especially those larger establishments, would benefit from a softer color base to achieve a minimalist yet elegant finish.

2. Experiment with natural materials which can be associated with the sea.

Rocks, ropes, sand, wood, and other elements that can be immediately associated with the sea can add as great accents to the flat tones of the interior paint. Restaurants could opt to have wooden furniture over plastic ones to have a more natural look. Down to the smaller elements such as cork coasters and cotton placemats, experimenting with natural elements to connect the interiors with the outdoors can benefit service business by the sea.

3. Incorporate modern elements.

While natural and easy is a logical theme for the restaurants and cafes by the sea, one cannot go wrong in incorporating more modern elements such as metal bars or terrazzo tiles into the overall design. These modern elements balance and even provide constrast to the solid natural connection made between the indoor and outdoors.

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There are so many other approaches to making business by the sea as enticing and noteworthy as possible. For flooring and partition requirements, consider terrazzo flooring and terrazzo partitions and check out how these can be incorporated in your next design project for businesses in front of the sea.

Making Well-Designed Community Facilities Starting with the Outdoors

National Portrait Gallery Canberra – Supply and installed external paving.
National Portrait Gallery Canberra – Supply and installed external paving.

Designers and contractors for community areas are normally constrained with maximizing the budget for the interiors and structural build. Community structures and buildings, such as government offices, local clinics and pharmacies, hospitals and education centers are often created with functionality as priority. Usually, these services occupy ready-built facilities where they do not have influence on the structure and design of the surrounding areas or even on the make of the building itself. So how can designers who are building structures specifically for the purpose of these community facilities, create well-designed buildings, starting with the outdoors?

1. Build clear and safe walkways with access for persons with disabilities

Inclusive growth has become a standard for development. Creating clear and safe walkways with access for persons with disabilities is a sure and easy consideration in making well-designed and highly-accessible outdoor areas leading to the community facility. Using terrazzo pavers for the walkways leading to the entrance and exits creates a clean and stylish finish which is easy to maintain as well. Adding accents such as benches and terrazzo pots for greens and plants can add to the overall aesthetics of the surrounding area.

2. Install additional lighting fixtures aside from the existing lamp posts

Another consideration to make the exteriors of community facilities more inviting is installing additional lighting in addition to existing state-provided lamp posts. This can clearly establish the ambiance by marking the surrounding block leading to the facility, while ensuring that the pavements are well-lit and safe even at night.

3. Invest in signage and wayfinding
In busy areas, having visible and clear signage’s to guide visitors and clients to the facility can often be missed by developers. This can either be an investment made by the developer or the future tenants of the community facility. Either way, it would be ideal to have clear signs not just within the immediate surrounding areas but even a few blocks pointing to the facility.

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In creating well-designed community facilities, developers and designers should have a holistic view of the area to provide lasting value to the tenants and visitors. For flooring requirements, talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble to get the appropriate solutions for pavements and outdoor structures. 

Visual Space for the Vertical City Dwellers

Creating urban spaces that can withstand the test of time is an eternal challenge faced by designers since the earlier days of urban development. As urban populations grow with the migration of rural dwellers to capitals and city centers, there is now and ever-pressing call for efficient, well-designed, and lifestyle-friendly vertical cities to accommodate more people in limited flat spaces.

The usual approach of building  developers is to maximize vertical spaces as much as possible. This calls for smaller dwelling units, limited lifestyle facilities, and somehow the absence of “outdoor” spaces, the higher up you go in the building. How can designer create visually liberating spaces from limited square meters?

  1. Create divisions of space within small spaces.
    In low-cost developments, there is little consideration given for flooring design. A single-design tile would fill up the floor space from the front door to the end of the room in high-rise condominiums. A quick design hack is to create sections by differentiating flooring materials. Terrazzo tiles can run from the front door to the kitchen area, while wood can be the flooring for the living space up to the bedroom. This creates behavioral changes, encouraging people to keep kitchen appliances in the kitchen space, while fitting furniture in the limited living room area. Organization is one of the most effective ways to create visually liberating spaces. And this can start with a simple separation created by the flooring material.
  2. Add accents to the counters.
    Designers can also deviate from the usual flat white designs for kitchen counters by adding terrazzo marble as a counter accent. Small spaces usually lack the needed deviations from flat colors. Putting the burden of design on the dweller. It is within the power of the vertical property developers to create a livable space while incorporating style and design even before the occupants move in.
  3. Make the lifestyle and recreational areas actual spaces for living, and not just empty, negative spaces.
    There are buildings that allocate a few meters for recreational space. Unfortunately, it can appear as simple voids without function or purpose. Creating safe areas for walking, for instance using Terrazzo pavers, and adding appropriate pieces of furniture can make a space comfortable and inviting.

There are other ways vertical properties can be made less like matchboxes or dove houses. By incorporating terrazzo into the design, no matter how minimal the inclusion is, urban dwellers can achieve visually appealing spaces, regardless of space limitations.

Shopping Malls – Improving Shopper Experience to Survive the Online Shopping Era

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Terrazzo Flooring for Shopping Malls

City-dwellers are preferring the experience of online shopping now more than ever. With the convenience brought about by free deliveries, and the savings from constant discounts and promo codes from online stores, shopping malls are now slowly being perceived as simple grocery stores and hardware shops. The trips to shopping malls are now reduced to necessary visits to get the essentials. But the brick-and-mortar shops continue to be an essential distribution channels for many industries. How, then, can shopping malls improve the shopper experience so that even shopping for the essentials become a pleasant experience?

1. High ceiling for an outdoor experience while indoor

Old buildings and shopping centers tend to have the standard ceiling height. Restructuring old buildings can be a challenge and raising the ceiling from its original height can be a renovation nightmare. But why would it be worth going through this restructuring? Bringing the feeling of being outdoor even inside a closed structure creates a more relaxed and easy shopping experience. Living in cities can sometimes feel too cramped and tight. High ceilings in shopping malls can give a sense of open air, reducing the feeling of being closed in with other mall-goers.

2. Wide and clean walkways for comfortable strolls

Another consideration for shopping malls would be to have spacious and clear shopping mall walkways. Shopping mall flooring could be made of different materials: marble tiles, terrazzo tiles, or granite tiles. Choosing the right colors to have clean, neat-looking walkways is vital for high-traffic areas of the mall. Terrazzo comes in as the top material of choice when color flexibility is considered, given that one can literally choose from a wide range of colors for the base resin and aggregates for terrazzo. The idea is to have wide aisles which are easy to keep clean, to make the shopper experience consistently easy and comfortable.

3. Signage and wayfinding to aide ease of shopping

A common challenge for mall goers is the difficulty of locating the different areas and facilities of the mall. This is where signage and wayfinding play a crucial role. Having signages in highly visible areas, in legible fonts and right colors is a job that needs to be done with shoppers in mind. Like software and online services which have to be designed with user experience in mind, putting the signs and wayfinding markers as part of the design requires deep understanding of shopper demographics and behaviors.

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There are more ways to improve shopping experience, retaining shopping malls as key distribution channels. When thinking of flooring, understanding marble or terrazzo tiles and how these can be incorporated in the renovation, talk to our Terrazzo experts to get the right recommendation and execution. 

Coffee Shop Interiors – Designing for Caffeine Lovers with Terrazzo Elements

 

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Creating a modern haven for coffee lovers would be a designers’ dream. The elements in play could range from bright colored lighting fixtures, to soft textures such as throw pillows. But how do you incorporate texture and personality into flat surfaces and match it with the elements embodying coffee and the rest of the cafe’s menu?

Add sparkle and warmth to the barista area with Wood and Terrazzo countertop

An important area where customers and barista interact would of course be the barista’s serving counter. The common element found in this area is of course wood, which adds warmth and a natural touch to the surface. One can add glamour and sparkle by having a terrazzo countertop beside the wooden area.

Ghost chairs and glass tabletops

Pieces of “ghost” furniture, or those that appear as glass and are transparent came into the mainstream after these were used for events such as glamorous weddings receptions and celebrations. Adding such pieces of furniture against bright-colored walls can add a modern, dreamy feel to a café’s interiors.

 Geometric shapes plus terrazzo dividers in toilet

Another trend that made its way to restaurant and café interiors is the addition of geometric shapes and clear lines. The concept of geometric shapes and lines came in as a contrast to abstract and less-structured designs. Bringing this to the most basic corners of a café, such as the toilet and washroom, can add a quirky personality to the modern café. Having unusual geometric shapes for the toilet lighting fixture, for example, matched with terrazzo toilet partitions which appear with less-structured patterns and aggregates, create a good contrast and brings out a modern twist to a typically unnoticed area of the café.

There can be other elements that can bring out the modern café’s look and make a coffee-lover’s break more pleasurable than usual. To explore how you can incorporate Terrazzo in the café’s interior design, talk to our Terrazzo experts today.