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. 

Terrazzo Flooring for Co-working space: Serving Creatives with Comfort and Function

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The chaos of today’s nonstop internet era can be disconcerting for many young professionals. The creative industry has seen a rise in stress levels among designers and artists. Many of these young professionals are choosing to work from home in the hopes of finding a comfortable and less distracting space where they can free their minds to focus on the design process and on creation. There is currently a worldwide growth in demand for co-working spaces as they provide a middle ground for home and work space. From bean bags, to hammocks, to terrazzo floors and wooden bar chairs, the variety in co-working space designs have continued to offer a wide range of “comfort and function” for many young professionals not only in Sydney but across Australia, Asia and Europe.

How can co-working spaces be more conducive for work for young creatives?

  • Interior colors can keep things easy on the eyes.

With the digital nature of most design and creative work these days, creatives can get pretty glued to their screens. The effect of having easy-on-the-eyes interior design makes the creative process easier throughout the day. Since some co-working spaces run 24/7, having cool colors in the day and warmer tones at night can make the space comfortable for designers. From floor to ceiling, choosing the right color of materials is key. Best to consider lighting along with colors such as getting lights that can be dimmed if the flooring is Terrazzo marble with white aggregates. Mint green walls can also be matched with warmer lights at night to help lessen the impact of white light being emitted from screens.

  • Cushion plus electrical sockets always save the day.

Young creatives now have different styles of working. Comfort remains a common denominator. With laptops as the main gadget, it is important to have as much cushion on chairs or on the floor as possible, while keeping electrical sockets nearby and less obstructive. Phones and laptops require charging throughout the day. Having cushioned chairs or areas to lounge in and electrical sockets without having to switch areas consistently makes the work space functional and comfortable.

  • Ergonomic as much as possible.

To match the comfort of cushions, co-working spaces can also offer ergonomic furniture to encourage movement and mobility in the work space. Standing tables encourage people to leave the cushioned chairs and floor bean bags to stretch their legs and promote correct posture. Ergonomic chairs also prevent unnecessary body pains caused by the dormant nature of digital work.

There are many other ways these co-working spaces can be designed to create environments that stimulate creativity and productivity. When talking about flooring for co-working spaces, interior designers can talk to Terrazzo experts to see the range of colors to achieve the ideal flooring for sections of the co-working space.

Black, Cement, and Wood – Matching Terrazzo Flooring with Black and Accents

Interior design in the 21 st century continues to push the boundaries of color – or the lack of it. Many designers and architects have adopted darker shades – deep blues and shades of black – to carry out a neat and minimal finish to the space. Finding the right flooring to match this strong color is a common challenge that can be solved with the flexibility of Terrazzo flooring. One fantastic feature of Terrazzo is its capacity to make the color black retain its original state, while adding glamour, style and sparkle to it. Two complementing accents that can further enhance the state of black is cement and wood.

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A very modern take on kitchen island top would be to have a plain cement finish to it with stainless sink, faucet, and other food preparation fixtures. Match this with a black and gold Terrazzo flooring to counter the simple and industrial design of the cement counter top. This brings a fantastic contrast of elegance and rugged feel to a space that is central to communal conversations in any household.

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Top Five Interior Design Trends with Terrazzo 2019

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The new year has just started, and new projects are coming through. It’s time we give the top five trends for designing your home or office space witTerrazzo flooring and partitions that will get the most thumbs up this year.

Connect with Nature  

There will surely be more greens and plants indoors this year, and it is best to adopt this trend and experiment with the wide array of plants that can be used for your indoor theme. For the busy, high-traffic spaces, best to put in low-maintenance indoor plants such as a Bonsai tree, Pothos, Iron Plants, Succulents, Snake plants, or the lucky Bamboo. Putting greens against light-colored Terrazzo marble tiles will light up a room instantly, appearing vibrant and brighter with stark contrasts all around.  If the flooring has already been laid out and decided, one can also use terrazzo pots for plants.

Responsible and Sustainable  

As awareness increases about sustainable practices in design, more clients are ensuring their visions for interior design are executed in the most environmental-friendly approach, as much as possible. With the least carbon footprint and polluting by-products, designs considering the environment’s status is surely a hit this year. From incorporating energy-efficient lighting, to sourcing natural and renewable resources such as bamboo or natural stones, employing the most responsible practices is marked “hot” and classy this year.  

Femme Rules  

Feminine colors are taking over. Even the most sophisticated spaced which only used to have greys, whites, and blacks will level up using femme colors, tones, and softer elements. Terrazzo marble for flooring will definitely match elegantly with light tones. Rose colored walls would match with pearl white and light grey Terrazzo colors. Or even smaller elements such as gold and white terrazzo kitchen countertops will bring out the femme glam of spaces.

Maximal Vs. Minimal Art 

Minimalist art is slowly taking a backseat this year to give way to vivid, vibrant, concrete, and maximalist art pieces. Spaces will be revived with art pieces that has bold details and colors. This will be matched with smaller pieces such as floor lamps and throw pillows that will take color cues from the same center art piece for the room. Terrazzo’s simple and subtle tones will allow these colors to pop in the room.

Wallpapers  

Plain walls are also going to be obsolete and out this year. Wallpapers are back and will revive the classic and playful era of shapes and patterns. Designers will have more options for wallpapers now, given the capacity to customize and print designs on-demand, unlike in the earlier decades where wall-papers are usually off-the-shelf and limiting.

Maximizing Terrazzo partitions and flooring with these trends will be a smart choice for your home or office space. Talk to Terrazzo Australian Marble today to get the best Terrazzo recommendations for your design vision.

Blend Style and Permanence with Terrazzo

The latest in terrazzo flooring evolution easily blend style and resilience plus easy maintenance in every single property development it is applied to; reason enough why it is the most preferred flooring by the best architects and interior designers today. Terrazzo makes picking a design scheme and colour for your flooring and similarly for your precast elements extra easy!

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The kind of flooring one chooses to install on the area to be constructed already says a lot about the building or business enterprise in terms of magnificence and perception. Let us face the reality that elegance and splendor are not simply measured merely through grandiose and grand designs but also through simple yet unassuming building ideas which can offer functionality as well. To come up with different design elements within a living space is easy and stress-free with a renowned terrazzo flooring system on hand due to its unique ability to pick up on innumerable colour combinations to complement any design theme. Continue reading “Blend Style and Permanence with Terrazzo”