How Plants in the Office Can Brighten Your Workday and Boost Productivity
From stunning interior plantscapes to fresh seasonal blooms, more and more workspaces are incorporating natural greenery into their decor. Many studies have demonstrated that simply adding indoor plants can significantly benefit business owners and their organizations by boosting employee productivity.
In addition to their aesthetic benefits, sharing your workspace with interior plants can transform your office into a happier, healthier environment for employees, clients, and visitors. Here’s how.
Office plants lower employee stress levels
Environmental Health Perspectives claimed in a recent study that freshening up your space with natural greenery can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Moreover, these researchers found that interacting with nature can naturally lower blood pressure, leading to reduced stress and increased happiness.
Meanwhile, research by the University of Technology, Sydney, showed significant reductions in stress levels among employees when plants were added to their workspace, with decreasing levels of reported tension, depression, and fatigue.
Fresh greenery naturally purifies the air
Interior office plants improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and combining it with water and light to produce energy. NASA researchers found that plants were effective at removing chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air, making it cleaner and safer for humans to breathe.
Moreover, recent studies discovered that plants can help reduce carbon dioxide levels by approximately 10 percent in air-conditioned offices and 25 percent in buildings without air conditioning.
Modern office plants reduce noise
While outdoor plants are frequently used to reduce noise pollution along highways, interior designers can apply the same concept to change the acoustics of office spaces. Thanks to their flexible and porous nature, indoor plants offer natural noise reduction benefits in offices, lobbies, and conference rooms.
With strategic placement in areas with hard surfaces, such as hardwood floors or concrete walls, plants will effectively absorb noises that can interfere with employee productivity.
Interior office plants boost employee morale
Indoor plants not only bring beautiful shades of green into the office, but they also help create a fresh visual experience that leads to happier and healthier employees. Multiple studies have shown that workspace plantscapes increase creativity and boost employee morale.
For example, The American Society for Horticultural Science found that people with plants in their workspace were less prone to “sick building syndrome” and took fewer sick days. Further, the same study discovered that students in a campus computer lab worked 12 percent faster with plants nearby.
Office and lobby designs featuring lush arrangements and living plant walls can also help convey a positive, innovative brand image, making your office more attractive to clients, visitors, and job applicants.
Transform your office with fresh greenery
From introducing green zones into your office with ceramic wallscape hanging planters to showcasing seasonal blooms in a beautiful ceramic flower vase, there are countless ways to breathe life into your workplace with fresh greenery.
At Pandemic Design Studio, our hand-crafted, premium-quality ceramics collections are unrivaled in style, innovation, and aesthetics. Bring the outdoors in and beautify your office with our sustainable ceramic planters today. Contact us to learn more.
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How Plant Décor Enhances Hotel Ambiance
If you’ve ever walked into a 5-star hotel, one of the first things you’re likely to notice is lavish displays of flowers. These establishments use tall vases filled with bright color and assorted greenery, walls covered in vines and live plants, and visually stimulating wall designs. Large hotels purposefully foreground plants and flowers. This is because they know that adding these natural touches can help them enhance the overall ambiance of the hotel.
It Gives Big First Impressions
When running a hotel, you want your guests to be impressed from the minute they enter the lobby. Adding a large, oversized floral arrangement or covering a wall in live plants is an easy way to create a statement piece that expresses the time and care you put into your interiors—which translates to high quality accommodations for your guests.
It Evokes a Sense of Calm and Relaxation
Plants are naturally soothing. Some people believe that they can instantly trigger feelings of calm and relaxation—two essential traits you want your guests to experience while on vacation at your hotel. Welcoming guests with beautiful displays of greenery will help them quickly forget the stress of airports and taxis.
It Creates a Sense of Luxury and High-End Service
Guests expect quality service and luxury, and the addition of live hotel plant décor will instantly reassure them that they made the right choice. Plants and flowers take time and effort. Guests will know that you’re willing to put in the extra work to make them happy with their accommodations.
How to Add Hotel Plant Décor to Your Design
There are a few ways you can add live foliage to your hotel’s design. First, fresh-cut flowers are a great way to refresh and brighten your lobby or individual rooms. Start by adding a few vases throughout the interior—at the reception desk, entryway, next to the bed, and in the bathroom– all great areas. You can use modular ceramic vases for flowers to create a cohesive, customized look.
Another hotel plant design favorite is the addition of a live plant wall. Live walls are especially great if you don’t have the time and resources to give your plants attention each day. This also makes it great for guest rooms, which may go a few days with the “do not disturb” sign on it. Wallscape planters for hotels are an easy way to get started.
Contact Us Today for Fresh Ideas on Interior Design
At Pandemic Design Studio, our ceramic wallscape planters come in a variety of sizes and colors, so you can easily mix and match them to create a customized design for your hotel. We specialize in innovative, iconic, and modern ceramic wall planters and vases, industrial inspired lighting, and organic modern furniture. Let us help you update and revitalize your space with greenery. Contact us today for more details.
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5 Tips For Attracting More Customers with Plants
Plants, flower arrangements and living walls serve a far broader purpose than creating a pleasing aesthetic. Studies show that plants and natural greenery positively impact people’s mood, evoking a sense of tranquility and comfort.
From restaurants and hotels to retail establishments, many businesses are harnessing the power of biophilic design to improve the guest experience and attract new customers. Adding plants is one of the simplest ways to integrate the natural world into the built environment, and the best part is, there are many cost-effective ways to do it.
Today’s consumers are looking for new and exciting experiences that can be shared with friends and loved ones — not just material goods. For business owners looking to expand their customer base, plant wall décor and verdant foliage can go a long way toward creating a positive first impression that is memorable.
If you are looking to enhance curb appeal and liven up interior spaces with the mood-boosting effects of Mother Nature, consider these tips.
Frame an Entrance
Stand out from the crowd with a show-stopping entrance – one of the most visible and important areas for attracting foot traffic. What better way to welcome customers than with vibrant blossoms dangling from a trellis or stately evergreens potted on each side of the door?
Create A Stunning Green Wall
Vertical gardens and living walls are popular in restaurants and retail spaces for good reason: they provide an excellent backdrop for photos. Make your business ‘insta-worthy’ with ceramic wall-mounted planters that are sculpted to look like new branches emerging from a tree trunk. A plant wall system from Pandemic Design Studio transforms unused space into a lively point of interest that is likely to be shared on social media.
Add Layers of Texture
Plants engage our sense of sight, smell and touch, and can be incorporated at varying heights to make cavernous spaces feel less intimidating and more inviting. Well-placed hanging planters or tall palms in pots can create a canopy of lush foliage.
Inspire with Floral Masterpieces
Floral arrangements add a burst of color and instant beauty to interior and exterior spaces, making guests feel at ease. No matter the color palette or flora used, a decorative container can elevate the overall aesthetic while offering dramatic contrast. Pandemic Design Studio’s ceramic flower vases are inspired by our urban skyline – the perfect vessel to display the season’s freshest blooms. Placing stunning tabletop arrangements in your business shows customers that you care about the ambiance and their experience, which should leave them with a good impression.
Create Areas of Seclusion
Tall planters can be used to create barriers and more seclusion – a design element that works especially well in shopping areas and alfresco eateries where customers seek a relaxing and private space that is socially distanced from crowds.
Innovative Plant Wall Décor for Businesses
Looking to give your business a competitive edge with greenery? Pandemic Design Studio produces timeless ceramic wall planters ,table vases, and floor vases that will take your space to the next level. Contact us today to learn more details.
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Benefits of Adding Plants to Your Business
Have you thought about incorporating plant design into your business? Other than joining the recent trend or simply just for simple esthetic reasons, plants provide many hidden benefits for you and your customers. Here are some examples of how adding plants to your office or workplace can enhance your space, your productivity, and even your mood at work.
Plants Attract More Customers
When consumers spontaneously choose where to eat, shop, or conduct business, products and services are only one small part of the choice. How your place looks and feels also plays a big role in attracting (or deterring) customers. One of the easiest ways to beckon those consumers inside is by adding some inviting plants to the entrance. Interior plants can also create a certain vibe that will entice more customers to return a second time.
Plants Generate Social Buzz
Today’s shoppers love photo-ops, and if you’re creative enough, an Insta-worthy installation could help you generate free organic buzz online. Finding cool ways to incorporate plants into your business’s design, like a full-wall installation of plant wall sconces, will encourage customers to snap and share the living art on their social profiles.
Plants Bring Nature Indoors
In a concrete jungle or a suburban sprawl, it’s nice to get back in touch with a little bit of Mother Nature, even if space limitations confine her to a corner of your office. Adding flowers and plants is a colorful, inspiring way to inject a little life into dead space and serve as a simple contrast to brick walls, dark paints, and industrial metals. Even just a few ceramic flower vases with fresh cuts of flowers can completely transform the feel of a space and lift the mood of both staff and visitors.
Plants Reduce Noise
One of the key features of a strategic plant design in restaurants is to provide noise reduction. After food and service, one of the top customer complaints in busy restaurants and bars is noise. Without proper acoustic management, noises from the kitchen, music, and other guests can easily clash, creating an overwhelming cacophony that is unpleasant for everyone. Plant wall sconces can serve as an additional tool to manage poor acoustics by absorbing soundwaves and stopping them from bouncing around the room.
Plants Are Natural Works Of Art
Flowers and plants are beautiful on their own, but they can also be arranged into a work of art that adds visual interest and inspires creativity. There is no correct way to exhibit your natural artwork. Simply mix colors, tones, and textures to create different shapes and heights, whether you place the plants on a tabletop or the floor, hang them from the ceiling, or mount them on the wall. Decorative plant holders can also enhance the beauty of your natural display.
Plants Are A Natural Air Filter
NASA found that adding some plants to your indoor space could help to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins within 24 hours. So, if your workplace feels stale or that it needs more fresh air, adding plants could be exactly what your store or office needs.
Pandemic Design Studio Makes It Easy To Fill Your Business With Plants
Pandemic Design Studio’s wall planters and ceramic vases offer a unique, compelling way to showcase the beauty of nature in any business environment. Our modular wall sconces and ceramic vase systems are the modern way to reap all the benefits of living with plants. Contact us today for more details.
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How Restaurants Are Incorporating Biophilic Design with Indoor Ceramic Planters
Vertical gardens and green walls are the universal design thread through some of the nation’s hippest restaurants. From Los Angeles to New York City, you’ll see dining rooms adorned with hanging baskets of live ferns, verdant succulents, and even floating gardens. Ask any interior designer, and they’ll tell you that plants add powerful accents and create a palpable change in the way a restaurant looks and feels.
The hospitality industry is a competitive one. In order to thrive, restaurants must provide not only superior cuisine and service, but an atmosphere that engages the senses. For this reason, many establishments are turning to biophilic design – incorporating elements of nature inside. Interior spaces that reference the outdoors in direct and subtle ways (think wall planters and living sculptures) have been shown to improve the physical and mental well-being of the occupants.
Blurring the Boundaries Between Inside and Out
The skilled use of vegetation – whether tabletop vases, trees, or living walls, brings a spectacular aesthetic along with many functional benefits. Artfully designed green walls bring life into neutral environments and can be utilized to define cozy dining spaces in large, open-plan restaurants.
Hanging baskets festooned in foliage draw the eye upward while creating a feeling of lushness and volume that adds dimension. Plant design is also employed to give each section of a restaurant – bar, terrace, dining area – a specific ambiance, be it romantic, minimalist, or modern farmhouse. Strategically placed planters can help provide privacy from other dining guests. Restaurants are also using indoor ceramic planters from Pandemic Design Studio to inject color and textural interest without taking up valuable floor space.
Handcrafted from premium stoneware, each modular planter is a work of art in its own right. Hang them individually or in clusters to fashion an eye-catching biophilic focal point. There are various size and color options, letting designers mix and match for a truly custom effect. Our ceramic wall planters can be used to frame architectural features, demarcate dining areas, or simply add visual interest.
Welcome patrons to an inviting environment with a stunning piece of living sculpture that literally breathes new life into dining spaces. Whether decked out with orchids, spider plants, or staghorn ferns, our planters elevate the ambiance and provide a tangible connection to nature.
Modern Ceramic Wall Planters for Restaurants
Commercial architects and interior designers are embracing biophilic design like never before with modular ceramic planters from the Pandemic Design Studio. Our Node Collection of wallscape planters for restaurants features sleek designs that can be affixed to masonry, concrete, and drywall using a single screw, Velcro or 3M Command Strips.
Are you ready to plant a vertical garden in your restaurant with ceramic Nodes? Contact us today to ask about custom color runs, available for large-scale orders!
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How to Install Ceramic Wall Mounted Planters
There is nothing common about the common houseplant these days and with recent articles by The NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and LA Times, indoor plant ownership is skyrocketing and there is no limit to this fascinating hobby or the exotic plants people are seeking. In additional to many millennials taking up an interest in indoor plants in leu of a yard, bars restaurants, offices, and hotels are installing wall planters and green walls as well and they are all doing so for the same reason – they do not take up valuable floor or counter space!
Luckily, hanging a wall planter is relatively easy. For only a couple of dollars at your local hardware store, you can buy the screws and hardware you will need to hang your planter. You can spare yourself the expense of hiring a handyman and have a few bucks left over to invest in that exotic, eye-catching plant. Here’s a simple guide on how to install wall mounted planters:
Standard Wall Planters
Wall planters, regardless of size, need to be mounted securely to any wall surface. Always remember to use “pan head” or hex head “lag” screws to hang your planters. These screws provide a lip which will prevent you planter from falling off unlike a screw with a conical profile. Your local hardware store will be familiar with these terms. Never tighten the screw completely against a ceramic or glass wall planter as both materials need to be able to expand and contract with temperature.
If you would like to install your planters into drywall, you will need the appropriate screw and possibly a drywall anchor depending on the weight of the wall planter and location desired. Make sure you read the hanging instructions that come with your wall planter and take note of any hanging suggestions they make including weight requirements. Self-drilling (that’s right, no predrilling, no power tools!) plastic drywall anchors will more than likely be adequate for any wall planter you wish to hang. They come in different sizes and each requires a specific sized pan head screw. The staff at your local hardware store will be able to help you. Do not go to Home Depot or Lowes for help.
- First, figure out if your wall planter is heavy enough to need an anchor or if a screw by itself will suffice. Screws that are driven into a wall stud do not need an anchor. Studs are usually spaced apart 16” On Center in The US.
- Deciding where the planters will go and mark the wall with a pencil. If you want multiple planters to be evenly spaced, remember, measure twice, drive once.
- Once the positions are finalized, use a screwdriver to drive in the self-drilling drywall anchor right on the pencil mark. If pencil mark is located on a stud, just drive the screw into the drywall. Remember most drywall is ½” thick so your screw needs to be long enough to enter into the stud. A 2” screw is a good size and a power drill will make your life easier.
- If using an anchor, use a screwdriver to drive in the pan head screw.
- Hang ceramic planters on the screw.
If installing your planter in concrete or masonry, use anchors or screws designed specifically for the task.
Modular Ceramic Planters Are the Future
If you’re looking for a unique, modern alternative to the basic and utilitarian wall-mounted planter, check out modular ceramic wall-mounted planters, like the Node Collection from Pandemic Design Studio. These sleek, stylish, and eye-catching designs can be affixed to the wall just like standard planters. Because of their large flat back, they can also be attached using Velcro, which is great if you want to mix up their positioning from time to time or you want to hang them in a bathroom or kitchen without drilling into your tile. 3M Command Strips are also an excellent way to hang Nodes but please read the instructions on the packaging for Velcro and Command Strips. Pandemic Design Studio can also provide pre-cut, pre-finished, and pre-drilled wooden backing boards that make installation super easy for larger installations. Whether you’re looking to add a few plants to a bare wall in your apartment or want to install an entire green wall in your office lobby, modular designs are the way to go to add extra interest, intrique, and an eye-catching statement piece in any space. See Pandemic Design Studio custom plant wall installation below.
Style and Quality Matter
Your wall planter should be more than just an object that holds a plant; it should be a design element that adds to the aesthetic of your space and should be an extension of your values. Choose quality materials that will last a lifetime. The ceramic wall planters collection by Pandemic Design Studio is hand-crafted from premium quality Pennsylvania stoneware slip, right here in the U.S.A. This high fired ceramic stoneware won’t crack when frozen, making it a smart choice for planters that will be placed outside. Invest in quality, and make your home or business come alive. Check out the ceramic wall-mounted planters from our Node collection today. Contact us today to learn more about custom plant wall installations.
- Published in Wallscape Planters
How To Arrange Table Vases
Looking for a stunning piece of decor to beautify your home? Table vases are a simple, effortless element of home design. They can instantly transform your space while introducing contemporary colors and shapes. From creating a vibrant flower scape to designing a minimalist centerpiece, here’s how to arrange table vases to achieve a refined, sophisticated look.
Make a Bold Statement with Different Colors
When it comes to arranging table vases, experiment with different color palettes. For example, pairing a crisp white ceramic table vase with a bright orange area rug creates a bold contrast with a modern aesthetic. In the entryway, try placing a colored floor vase, at least five feet away from the entrance, to impress guests as soon as they enter your home.
Pairing a minimalist white or gray table vase with fresh blooms can help brighten the darker corners of your home. Also, adding a brightly colored ceramic one to a neutral tablescape can serve as a statement piece and provide interest to the room. Whether they blend into your room’s color scheme or pop up from the foreground, they create a unique look to any room.
Group Similar Vases Together for a Refined Look
You can design a striking, modern display in your home by grouping different types of vases together. While they don’t need to match in size, shape, or color, arranging them together builds a minimalist centerpiece to display fresh greenery or seasonal blooms.
If you’re looking for more décor inspiration, consider displaying a few mid-century vases on a shelf in your living room or grouping floor vases together in the corner of your dining room. With modern ceramic vases available in five different sizes and diverse color options, the Stacks Collection makes it easy to create a personal and custom arrangement for any room in your home.
Create a Stunning Tablescape with Different Styles
While grouping similar vases together can create a contemporary look, asymmetrical arrangements can also infuse personality into your space. For example, instead of putting one large cylindrical table vase on each side of the dining room table, update your tablescape with different sizes, shapes, and add texture with flowers and greenery to create depth and stimulate the eye.
By decorating with different shapes, colors, and styles, you can easily add variety to your interior design and highlight your tablescape. Plus, the mobility of vases means you can quickly change and update your look throughout the year.
Modernize Your Home with Beautiful Ceramic Table Vases
Vases refine your space with color and by filling your vases, they can add texture. Whether you’re looking to incorporate fresh greenery into your space or revive your home with luxury vases, Pandemic Design Studio is your destination for museum-quality contemporary pieces.
Our sustainable ceramic vases feature an innovative modular design, making them a functional addition to any room. Breathe life into your space and instantly update your home with our unrivaled collection. Contact us today to learn more.
- Published in Decorative Table Vases
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