As of late, the hospitality business has had to overcome some hurdles presented by the coronavirus. It has become more important than ever to offer outdoor areas suitable for dining and relaxing. When the weather is nice, those outdoor areas can help add to your company’s bottom line. When the weather is not so nice, however, the materials used in such areas need to be able to stand up to everything mother nature throws at them so they’re fresh and beautiful when pleasant weather returns.
Before beginning the design of an outdoor area in the hospitality business, there are some essential factors that should be considered. After speaking with a handful of designers, we singled out several crucial topics. Let’s take a look at a few pieces of information that revolve around hospitality design for outdoor areas.
Adding an Artistic Flair
When some people want artistic flair, they hang framed pictures. In an outdoor area, that’s not always an option. So, to make a bold statement but still use something that can withstand inclement weather, driftwood pieces or 3D metal sculptures have become popular. Add these decorative elements and you don’t have to worry about much else.
Lighting can make a big difference to create the right courtyard, patio, or rooftop ambience. Consider the following lighting:
- Furniture lighting fixtures (directly into pieces of furniture, these lights are installed).
- Twinkling light strings are delicate and understated but can pack a punch.
- Uniquely sized or shaped table lamps or floor lamps that are equally unique can add a touch of artistic flair to outdoor spaces come nightfall.
Fresh Air All Year Round
Even in colder months, guests still like to step outside for a little bit of fresh air. That means rooftop areas or courtyards should not be wasted space when the weather turns chilly. It must still be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. A cabana, covered areas, and umbrellas can be used on rainy days. Gas/butane outdoor heaters can be used during colder months to help keep guests toasty.
Build and Design to Withstand The Storm
It’s already been mentioned but it is worth saying again – your area must be able to stand up to all kinds of weather conditions. In many areas of the country, high winds accompany severe storms. Snow and ice, wind, and rain can wreak havoc on outdoor areas for the hospitality industry. Waterproof furniture should also contain a UV stabilizer and be mildew/mold resistant. No matter the elements, your FF&E products (furniture, fixtures, and equipment such as partitions, tables, chairs, etc.) must be able to withstand the worst.
Materials for Outdoor Area Designs in the Hospitality Industry
Remember, your customers’ overall experience can be heightened by a beautifully designed and decorated outdoor area. Your FF&E equipment must not only stand up to everything mother nature deals out but be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.
When it comes to the hospitality industry, whether it’s an outdoor design or indoor, Materials Inc. knows their way around. With numerous big-name projects to our credit, we have helped some of the largest names in hospitality with their design materials. If you’d like to know what we can contribute to your outdoor area’s design, contact one of our representative today.