Contemporary fine dining is no longer just about high-end gourmet specialty food and culinary works of art. The entire experience is also about the ambiance carefully crafted using architectural designs, lighting, music, aroma, and themed concepts. The objective is to encompass the diner in a world of sophistication and style. And artificial foliage is quickly becoming an indispensable facet. Restaurant owners, cafeterias, and luxury hotels--each venue relies on this decor element to enhance their spaces and attract customer footfall. If this is something you would like to experiment with, read ahead for some more ideas.
The Concept of Biophilia in Modern Architecture
Modern-day architectural designs focus on infusing biophilia or the impression of greenery. Plants and foliage are scientifically proven to have psychological, mental, and physical benefits. Immersing humans in nature and other non-intrusive life forms makes them feel relaxed with improved overall health. This is why designers incorporate greenery using different styles that subtly add to the aesthetic appeal of the dining spaces. Patrons impressed with the decor and leaving with a sense of happiness and well-being can be enticed to visit again. And, perhaps, recommend the place to family and friends.
Artificial Plants Are Available in a Stunning Range of Colors and Varieties
The exciting thing about artificial plants is that they look super realistic. You can select from a wide range of plant species in delicate colors with leaves carefully designed to resemble the real thing. Your guests will also notice that the leaves move with air currents and the varying sizes of the blades and blooms infuse the impression of a cultivated vertical garden. Consider installing the panels on the wall behind the reception area or pick out a single wall in the restaurant to highlight with greenery.
The best advantage of any kind of faux foliage is its noise absorbent. Whether it is sounds from the kitchen or the high conversation volume when the restaurant is packed with patrons--artificial foliage effectively reduces the noise to a hum. Further, given a choice between displaying painted concrete walls and the warmth and lifelike textures of greenery, plants are undoubtedly the best option.
Careful Placement of the Plants is the Key
With your architect’s assistance, you can choose the correct placement of the faux plants for aesthetics and functionality. For instance, segregate booths with a low hedge that accords complete privacy, but without taking away from the impression of open spaces. Alternatively, you can create a trendy partition with a lightweight frame for separating sections. Adorn it with planters of different sizes displaying beautiful plants, some with creepers trailing downward.
Picking out greenery that reflects the restaurant's overall theme is also a great idea. If you serve Chinese cuisine, you’ll pick out faux foliage species native to China and the region or province where the cuisine originates. Then again, if you serve Tex-Mex cuisine, your choice of plants would be the Georgia Pancake or Storm Cloud to subtly hint at Texan vegetation and create the perfect ambiance.
Why Go with Artificial Foliage vs. Real Plants
When creating the ultimate fine dining experience, you’ll want to eliminate any potential irritants that can take away from patron enjoyment. The last thing you need is diners reacting to dust or pollen from live planters. Nor can you risk bugs buzzing around the leaves or emerging from the soil and mulch. Aphids, fungi, and algae are other problems with natural plants, not to mention the high cost of maintenance--in terms of time, workforce, water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Most importantly, you’ll have to worry about exposing the plants to natural sunshine to keep them healthy. You can avoid all these issues simply by switching to artificial foliage.
Refreshing the Decor is Easily Done
As any restauranteur or hotelier is well aware, consistent upgrades and minor changes are essential to refresh the decor to attract customer footfall. When you invest in artificial foliage, you can expect them to last at least 5 to 8 years. If the plants are maintained regularly with a light dusting, they might last even longer.
If you wish to renovate or repair the place, simply uninstall the panels without risking damaging them. Later, you’ll reinstall in different locations or use varying styles for an entirely new decor. Since most artificial foliage varieties are treated with anti-UV and fire retardant spray, you can rely on them for added safety to the interiors of your restaurant, hotel, or cafeteria.
Artificial foliage has become the preferred decor element for the hospitality industry thanks to its many benefits. If you would like more information on how to use faux gardens to enhance your decor and add to the fine dining experience, you’ve just landed on the right page. Contact us at SYNLawn and check our extensive catalog for designs matching your decor theme.