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Using Silk Plants And Trees To Define And Scale

Silk Plants Define Space A mark of an interior landscaper's talent and maturity is the ability to turn an open space into several distinct spaces, or shape an otherwise characterless space into one with a defined personality. Silk plants and trees are important tools in the toolbox, and an established designer knows how to implement them in a commercial setting to both define a space and provide scale.

Define Spaces
Interior landscape designers can implement silk plants and trees to define space and shape views in a variety of interesting and functional ways. The first, most obvious case, is dividing a room. The concept is simple - line up a series of silk palm trees, for example, to separate one space from another, such as a formal dining area from a casual dining area in a restaurant. Bamboo groves and silk hedges are good choices for privacy screens when a space should be completely separated.

[more] Another, more sophisticated method is to use trees to create a series of unique spaces from one giant space. Done properly, smaller, more intimate areas are created. This is especially effective in hotels and office buildings where sound absorbing silk plants can create quiet pockets for people to collect their thoughts while they wait, or conduct a private conversation.

When working to define your indoor commercial space, remember that the silk tree products you select will become a vital component to your interior decor, so choose your size, texture, and form wisely.

Silk Plants Provide Scale Provide Scale
Ever had a moment walking through a redwood or sequoia forest that made you feel like Alice in Wonderland, where everything seems out of proportion? This same kind of feeling of wonderment can be produced in a commercial space with large silk plants and trees. Ideal for malls with open corridors, buildings with tall mezzanines, and other open areas, a giant tree will literally stop people in their tracks.

Silk trees can also balance the equation in the other direction by bringing a large interior space back to a more human scale. For casinos, shopping malls, and other spacious areas, a properly scaled tree will provide people with the more physically anchored and familiar surroundings they encounter in their daily lives.

Whether choosing to scale up or down, don't forget to select a tree that fits your theme or building decor. For unique spaces requiring an equally unique solution, choose a custom silk tree option.

Shaping Views With Silk Plants And Trees

Plants Frame Views

Silk plants and trees are instrumental in helping a commercial architect or interior landscaper shape views in a variety of commercial settings. In this article we explore how silk trees competently and artfully frame and terminate views.

Framing Views
Commercial spaces are often large expanses with plazas and other open areas. From many points of view, these open areas can lack a visual center. Using silk trees as strategic framing devices can help focus the eye on an appealing area of a building, retail store, fountain, or other feature.

In order to determine a view to frame, find the areas in a commercial space that seem unfocused. Next, employ a framing aid. Use your hands like a movie director to conceptualize the view, or place your hands to the sides of your face to block your peripheral vision. Better yet, use a piece of paper with a rectangular center cut out and hold it at arm's length. If during this exercise you find interesting, perhaps abstract, architectural features that you wouldn't have noticed otherwise, you've got a winner.

[more] With your framed view identified, choose from a variety of silk tree products in order to find a solution that works with the features of your commercial space. Trees come in a variety of textures, sizes, and forms that can compliment and enhance the view they frame - consider designing a theme with silk Palm trees. An Oriental Bamboo Palm tree, for example, very closely resembles a picture frame with its narrow foliage, height and perpendicularity.

Plants Terminate Views Terminate Views
While walking through a hallway or corridor, the view is often framed by the termination point. What lies at the end of the tunnel, so to speak, can have a substantial visual effect on the people walking through it; a coarse or dull view can provoke in-kind feelings. While this may pass in some facilities, most commercial spaces prefer that their guests derive positive or stimulating feelings from their surroundings, which ultimately lead to favorable impressions and experiences.

As a commercial interior designer or manager of a commercial space, terminating views with silk trees is a simple, precise method for hiding unsightly viewpoints or enhancing those viewpoints. When you choose to take your terminated views up a notch, remember that tree species have different personalities and evoke a variety of feelings and emotions. Palm trees, for example, elicit a sense of calm and relaxation, while a Ficus tree, with it's bulbous foliage and slender trunk legs, can add a contemporary element to a more traditional building.

Enhancing Office Productivity With Silk Plants

Reduce Office Noise With Plants Privacy, noise, and design aesthetics are proven to influence workplace productivity. Silk plants, with their versatility and low maintenance, allow designers to shape office spaces to meet the needs of workers in a variety of industries and environments.

In an open office sound can echo, bounce off walls and create a distracting environment. Silk plants absorb sound waves, making private spaces more private and allowing for heightened concentration. While this may not be desirable for a sales office where phone calls and high energy are required to stimulate productivity, it makes sense for creative or research focused environments where quiet is essential for getting work done.

Many of today's cubicle arranged offices lack inspiration, unless that inspiration came from saving as much money as possible on office furniture and decor. The result is often a sterile atmosphere lacking character, one that can negatively affect workplace creativity and productivity.

[more] Silk plants, in turn, can transform ho-hum cube culture into a buzz-worthy environment. An Azalea bush, with it's brightly colored flowers and textured foliage, can lighten and soften dead office corners and add flair to an otherwise mundane setting. A silk Laurel tree, which has a layered branching system is light and airy and can be used to lift or lighten atmosphere. Many trees, such as the silk Bamboo Palm, have enough character and texture to stand on their own as pieces of artwork, creating a thoughtful and stimulating office environment.

Silk plants can also be used to define and separate space. Cube wall dividers, for example, are great opportunities for hanging plants, bringing personality to an office while more clearly defining individual spaces for your workers. A Boxwood hedge topiary, meanwhile, can literally create a privacy screen and divide a space into multiple rooms.

When designing an interior to enhance productivity, make sure to select a silk plant and tree package that works with employees, not against them. In doing so, you may find that a lot more is getting done around the office.

Apartment Fire Reminds us of the Importance of Fire Retardant Silk Plants

Apartment Fire Involves Artificial Plants

Five people in Frederick, Maryland were rescued from an apartment fire that was ignited in a silk plant on the top floor. The silk plant caught fire from a nearby lit candle, and the flames spread to the resident's couch then quickly blazed throughout the apartment. The fire was contained to the one apartment, but spread into the roof, causing other apartments to have smoke and water damage; overall damage to the building, including the contents of the building estimate around $150,000. Two people rescued were on outdoor balconies and three other people were assisted down the complex stairs.

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Non Flame Resistance Artificial Plants Burn and Spread Fires

Today, a great deal of emphasis is placed on safety, including fire protection and silk plant fire regulations. The use of fire retardant silk plants may have prevented this apartment complex fire. Commercial Silk Int’l has collected commercial fire code regulations about the needs of flame retardant foliage. Understanding specific fire code requirements can be challenging and confusing because every state adopts their own fire codes for artificial plants (and in fact so to does every municipality).

Inherently Fire Retardant Artificial Plant Passes Fire Tests

We offer an entire line of commercial grade artificial trees and plants and we are a direct importer of the industry’s most extensive line of proprietary designed IFR™ Foliages (Inherently Fire Retardant). Our fire retardant artificial plants and foliages are ideal for commercial projects including hotels, restaurants, malls, casinos and office buildings. So whether you are an Architect / Designer specifying our product or an end user, we have gathered all the fire retardant information you will need for your project.

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