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Enhance Your Hospitality Spaces with Fire and Water Features

Solus Decor fire pit spa hotel

Introduction

In the competitive world of hospitality, creating a memorable and inviting atmosphere is key to attracting and retaining guests. Hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality venues can significantly enhance their appeal by incorporating fire and water features. These elements not only elevate the aesthetic appeal of a space but also create a unique ambiance that can set a venue apart from its competitors. Solus Decor UK offers a range of high-quality fire and water features that are perfect for transforming hospitality spaces.

Solus Decor Hemi outdoor gas fire pit

The Allure of Fire Features

Creating Warmth and Ambiance

Fire features such as fire pits, fire bowls, and fire tables are not only functional but also create a warm and inviting atmosphere. They serve as focal points where guests can gather, socialize, and relax. The warmth and light from a fire feature can extend the usability of outdoor spaces, making them comfortable and enjoyable even on cooler evenings.

Versatility and Design

Solus Decor UK offers a variety of fire features that cater to different design preferences and functional needs. From modern minimalist designs to more traditional styles, there is something to complement any hospitality setting. These fire features can be powered by gas, ensuring ease of use and safety, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Ease of Use with Automatic Ignition

One of the standout features of Solus Decor’s fire products is the option of an automatic ignition system. This feature makes starting and maintaining the fire extremely simple, even for those who are not technically inclined. With the push of a button, users can ignite the fire, ensuring a hassle-free experience that enhances guest comfort and convenience. This user-friendly feature is particularly beneficial for busy hospitality environments where staff efficiency is crucial.

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Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, a Luxury Collection property, with the newly renovated luxury Anda Spa.

The Serenity of Water Features

Enhancing Aesthetic Appeal

Water features such as fountains, ponds, and waterfalls add a sense of tranquility and elegance to hospitality spaces. The soothing sound of flowing water can create a calming atmosphere, which is especially beneficial in bustling environments like hotels and restaurants. Water features can serve as stunning focal points in lobbies, courtyards, or garden areas, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.

Promoting Relaxation and Well-being

In addition to their visual appeal, water features have been shown to promote relaxation and improve well-being. The presence of water can lower stress levels and create a sense of peace, making it an excellent addition to any hospitality venue aiming to provide a serene and rejuvenating experience for guests.

Combining Fire and Water for Maximum Impact

Creating a Balanced Environment

Combining fire and water features can create a balanced and harmonious environment that appeals to the senses. The dynamic interplay of these elements can transform any space into a captivating and immersive experience. For example, placing a fire bowl near a water fountain can create a stunning visual contrast and enhance the sensory experience for guests.

 

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Solus Decor Elevated Halo fire pit on the Fairmont Empress Hotel terrace at sunset

Practical Considerations

Safety and Maintenance

When incorporating fire and water features into hospitality spaces, safety and maintenance are crucial considerations. Solus Decor UK provides fire features that are designed with safety in mind, offering options with automatic shut-off and easy-to-use controls. Similarly, water features are designed for minimal maintenance, with durable materials that withstand the demands of high-traffic environments.

Enhancing Guest Experience

Ultimately, the goal of integrating fire and water features into hospitality spaces is to enhance the guest experience. These elements create inviting and memorable environments that encourage guests to linger and return. By investing in high-quality fire and water features, hospitality venues can significantly boost their appeal and stand out in a competitive market.

Conclusion

Incorporating fire and water features into hospitality spaces is a powerful way to enhance their aesthetic appeal and create a unique ambiance. Solus Decor UK offers a wide range of customizable and high-quality fire and water features that are perfect for hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality venues. By thoughtfully integrating these elements, hospitality venues can create inviting, memorable, and captivating environments  and that delight guests and encourage repeat visits.

 

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Garden Design Trends 2019

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Spring is nearly here and it’s the time of year that people start to think about getting in the garden. The Society of Garden designers share their predictions on the key garden trends for 2019.

 

Climate change gardening

Gardening for a changing climate is set to be a key trend in 2019. Sue Townsend creates ecological gardens to cope with the extreme weather conditions experienced by the UK recently. She advises to grow the right plants for the conditions of each garden, to store water and to collect excess water for dissipation through the soil.

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Natalia Odescalch

 

House Plants and Hanging Plants

Sculptural and architectural plants will dominate in 2019. Joe Perkins MSGD says “the continuing rise in popularity of houseplants is being translated outside with exotic-style plants with architectural leaves and stems making bold statements inside and out.” Joe also predicts that we will be seeing more hanging plants in our gardens.  Not traditional hanging baskets, but plants with foliage, colour and texture which can be used as accessories as an addition to pots and planters.

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Gardens by Joe Perkins MSGD. Photo credit: Natalia Odescalch

 

Interior meets exterior

Both Darren Hawkes and Barbara Samitier think a colourful approach to interiors will creep into the garden in 2019. Hawkes predicts the arrival of bold print, clashing colours and large-leafed plants, advising to “take kitsch into the garden” by introducing bedding plants in bright coloured planters or letting Pompon Dahlias take centre stage.

Meanwhile, Barbara Samitier expects industrial and reclaimed materials and encaustic tiles will be used increasingly in urban gardens.

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Garden by Barbara Samitier MSGD

 

Teenage hang-outs

Karen Rogers thinks the growing demand for teenage garden hang-outs will gain momentum in 2019. Rogers incorporates secluded garden buildings or separate seating areas featuring outdoor fire pits or fireplaces in her designs. She says: “These spaces require clever screening from neighbours as well as good lighting and planting that absorbs as much noise as possible.”

Wild and loose

Nature will take the fore in 2019, says Louise Harrison-Holland of Blue Tulip Garden Design. We’ll see ongoing support for wildlife corridors in the wider landscape: “The move toward a slightly looser, wilder style of garden design will help support this initiative.” She predicts hedging will become the number one choice for garden boundaries next year.

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Gardens by Louise Harrison-Holland MSGD

 

Colour: 

Vibrant hot colour

According to Sue Townsend, sizzling jewel colours are set to make a return to our gardens in 2019. Townsend predicts vibrant, hot colours combined with sultry purples and blues, while Barbara Samitier expects a move away from the blue and pink colour palette in favour of orange and yellow hues.

Jon Sims expects the rise of porcelain in garden design will bring the demand for indoor colour, outdoors. Replica stone will be replaced by hard landscape materials with bolder colours and patterns.

For a garden that suggests luxury, Joe Perkins recommends combining red and purple alongside greys and blue-greys in plant foliage. He too has spotted a trend in younger garden enthusiasts looking to style their outdoor space as they would an indoor room, using bright coloured accessories or furniture. Joe cautions that simplicity and repetition are the key for success here.

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Pompom dahlias from Darren Hawkes

 

Landscape materials:

Crazy paving

Crazy paving, charred timbers and gabion walls are expected to dominate in 2019. Sue Townsend says: ‘“Crazy paving and stepping stones using large irregular slabs– the bigger the better– are making a come-back.” Townsend foresees the continued popularity of porcelain paving which looks like real stone but has a non-slip quality.

Log walls and multiple metals

Barbara Samitier confesses to being obsessed with log walls, saying, “They can act as a feature wall, a boundary or a screen while providing a necessary habitat for insects and a wide range of wildlife.” She also expects we will be seeing more metal in the garden as it’s “such a versatile material that lends itself to so many applications.”

Samitier designs metal arches and pergolas for many of her current projects. She’s incorporated metal walkways, mirrored stainless steel and perforated Corten steel in her gardens for walls and pergola roofs.

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Garden by Barbara Samitier MSGD

 

Gabion walls

Both Louise Harrison-Holland and Barbara Samitier are introducing more gabion-style walls and structures into their garden designs. Louise predicts stone work will be used in a less structured way in 2019. She says: “I have noticed a move away from stark modernism towards a style that still retains a strong geometry but is tempered with a choice of materials in softer tones.”

External MDF

Prepare to see more charred timber cladding in gardens this year. Jon Sims experiments with Shou-Sugi-Ban and is also introducing rough shutter-faced concrete into his projects. He foresees a greater use of external MDF in gardens as it offers numerous options in terms of colour and shape. It’s durable, too.

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John Simms

 

Planting:

Wild and perennial meadows 

Many designers experimented with wildflower and perennial meadows in 2018 and this trend is set to continue into the new year. The good news is you don’t need a large plot to incorporate one into your garden.

Sue Townsend explains: “I’ve really enjoyed creating small-medium sized meadows in many of the gardens I have designed this year. The most exciting venture was sowing my first perennial meadow. In a few years, it will provide interest from April to late November with relatively little maintenance.”

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Planting by Sue Townsend MSGD

 

Louise Harrison-Holland echoes the sentiment: “A wilder style has been helped along by the increasing use of instant wildflower meadows. I see designers trying to recreate this look with a mix of herbaceous perennials and grasses that have a more permanent structure, helped by the increasing use of shrubs in planting borders.”

For more information about the Society of Garden Designers and its members, take a look at the SGD website.

 

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Outdoor Living in London

Outdoor living at its finest in South East London. A collaboration by LXA Architects and Simon Orchard Garden Design in the picturesque area of Blackheath in South East London.

 

A wonderful example of fantastic London design spearheaded by LXA architects; contemporary design working together with traditional architecture to create a luxurious space for modern living. LXA Architects transformed a building of five flats into one large, prestigious home. Covering more than 8,000 square feet, the property now boasts a swimming pool and numerous other leisure facilities.

With a building this size and specification it was crucial that the outside space reflected the same luxurious feel and Simon Orchard Garden Design did not disappoint.

 

 

Simon has created an outdoor oasis that works seamlessly with the architecture of the building.  As part of this design he has created wonderful outdoor living spaces from which one can enjoy the design of the building.  A part of this design he has incorporated a Solus Decor elevated halo to create a warm and inviting space.

 

Solus Decor Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Cinder

The elevated halo fire pit is perfect for outdoor entertaining. It truly embodies the idea of outdoor living all year round. Like all our fire pits it is available in twelve different colours and three different fuel options; bio ethanol, LPG and natural gas making it compatible for all situations and styles.

To find out more about this project by LXA architects and see more details take a look at their website and to see every aspect of this enticing outdoor space take a look at the full project on Simon Orchard’s website 

If your feeling inspired and want to create your outdoor retreat take a look at our full range of fire and water features or why not get in touch with us to discuss your outdoor space.