They’re cute, they’re classy, they’re cool – faux hibiscus trees

Artificial hibiscus tree

No matter what business you’re in, they all begin and end with the customer. To develop a successful business you need to create a great impression through your products, service – and if you have physical premises – quality, unique or memorable décor. There are a number of strategies used in decorating corporate areas; a space isn’t fully complete until accent items are added and focal points are created. Although introducing natural foliage into commercial interiors & exteriors is a perfectly reasonable choice, it isn’t always the most practical due to associated care and upkeep. Because of this, reproduction horticultural products have become a common solution within corporate landscaping.

When looking for faux trees and plants to revamp commercial space – indoor or outdoor – the first thing to consider is whether the landscaping element matches your requirements. Regardless of what you install in your spaces, it should create real positive impact on the viewer. The outdoor landscape of any commercial setting creates that all important first impression, luring the visitor into the premises. The indoor landscaping hopefully continues the good work, potentially helping convert visitors into customers. With their gorgeous flowering beauty, artificial hibiscus trees can deliver you the most modern, clean and sophisticated landscape. These faux botanical items can add real interest, maximising the decorative potential of the space.

Yellow artificial hibiscus flowers

A great option for corporate landscaping

Having a commercial space that’s adorned with lush green trees, plants and blooming flowers is quite challenging to get right in reality – especially considering the busy nature of corporate life. Taking care of live plants requires time or dedicated manpower for regular watering, fertilising, applying pesticides, pruning etc. Perhaps these tasks can be sub-contracted out, but you could find the additional cost to be very high. In such cases, artificial hibiscus trees can be a suitable choice for their versatility in a variety of commercial environments including:

  • Corporate headquarters
  • Municipal buildings
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Luxury hotels and restaurants
  • Bars and casinos
  • Shopping malls & multiplexes
  • Exhibition halls & art galleries

Adds a touch of tropical flavour

With a variety of blooms, colours and textures, hibiscus is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions and belongs to the mallow family. With their amazing beauty, these flowering plants can enhance any commercial landscape. Installing artificial hibiscus trees both indoors and outdoors creates attractive focal points and introduces a dynamic tropical ambiance regardless of location. Additionally, they continue to enhance an area with their bloom throughout the seasons.

Tangerine artificial hibiscus flowers

An array of varieties

The Commercial Silk collection of artificial hibiscus trees includes many varieties that can fill blank space in commercial interiors & exteriors. With their dramatic trumpet-shaped flowers, lush green foliage and stately, rustic trunk; they create a positive vibe in any commercial setting. They’re available in heights ranging from 5 to 12 feet, with realistic polyester flowers in hot pink, red and tangerine. In addition, you can choose varieties of artificial plants with lush, attractive foliage to enhance the look of a space.

Better than natural

Commercial Silk is the leading manufacturer of quality fake botanical items. They’re designed by their team of experts consisting of botanists, engineers, architects and landscape designers. Artificial hibiscus trees are so beautifully crafted that they look just like their live counterparts in all respects, and can be intersperced perfectly with other landscaping elements. As they’re exact replicas of natural hibiscus, you can hardly tell the difference. Thus, you get a realistic, near-natural tropical landscape that doesn’t require any ongoing care or maintenance.

Pink artificial hibiscus flowers

Completely safe and legal

The problem with some fake foliage is that it’s made from a cheap plastic material that can catch fire very easily. Artificial hibiscus trees from Commercial Silk are manufactured from ThermaLeaf grade plastic. The material is impregnated with special elements via injection moulding to make it fire retardant. Their products pass all fire-safety tests and also fulfil the legal requirements making your landscaping project safe and legal.

A maintenance-free solution

Fading, discolouration or loss of leaves is commonplace with live trees and plants. Commercial Silk imitation hibiscus trees are manufactured using high-quality material and colour pigments. This means that they’re unaffected by the harsh UV rays present in sunlight. No matter where you position them, they’ll retain their colour in all environmental conditions. Also, being artificial, faux hibiscus trees and plants don’t shed their leaves, creating litter beneath. This eliminates the job of clearing up the debris.

Artificial hibiscus shrub

An attractive setting with no seasonal die-back

Whilst natural hibiscus flowers are season specific, blooming from spring to autumn, their manufactured counterparts retain their blooming beauty year-round.

Budget-friendly surroundings

Due to their reasonable cost and durability, artificial hibiscus trees are a tempting option for corporate landscaping projects. These unique products are simple to install, and don’t need any special maintenance. Additionally, you can rotate and store them easily for future use. Thus, you can save a lot of time and money.

With their colourful flowers & foliage and natural wood stems, artificial hibiscus trees are perfect for so many landscaping projects.

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Get their look: Characterful hallway

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On our weekly Get their look series, we feature mainly bedrooms, kitchens, lounges and dining rooms. I think this may be the first time we’ve featured an entranceway.

Despite this, I think it’s an important part of the house. It’s often where you pick up and lay down your keys, post, coats, umbrellas and outdoor footwear. More importantly, it’s where visitors get their first impression of your home. This characterful hallway promises great things laying ahead in the rest of the house… and you won’t be disappointed. Nicola Broughton – blogger, Instagrammer (and Investment Director to boot) has a beautiful home!

  1. Shell chandelier by Caracella
  2. Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
  3. Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
  4. Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
  5. Dream neon sign
  6. Seagirl and Magpie vintage style natural wood coat rack

Get their look: Characterful hallway | H is for Home

Get their look

Vintage style natural wood coat rack
Vintage style natural wood coat rack
Dream neon sign
Dream neon sign
Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
Shell chandelier by Caracella
Shell chandelier by Caracella
Vintage style natural wood coat rack
Vintage style natural wood coat rack
Dream neon sign
Dream neon sign
Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
Shell chandelier by Caracella
Shell chandelier by Caracella
Vintage style natural wood coat rack
Vintage style natural wood coat rack
Dream neon sign
Dream neon sign
Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
Galerie De Portraits – Rectangular bird tray – Pia by ibride
Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
Neisha Crosland ‘Moorish Circles’ wallpaper in Sombrero
Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
Via Martine – ‘Smoke’ poster
Shell chandelier by Caracella
Shell chandelier by Caracella

Copper highlights and finishing touches

Our bedroom showing copper highlights with bedside lamps switched on | H is for Home

We’ve been adding some finishing touches to our top floor ‘bedroom-cum-lounge’ area. It’s a room that we spend lots of time in during the winter. Well, that’s an understatement really – we almost hibernate up there! It feels like our cosy den. There’s computer access, Sonos music system, big TV, comfy places to sit (or sleep) – and a wood-burning stove. We gravitate up there from September onwards as the days shorten and weather worsens.

New copper coloured glass bedside lamp | H is for Home

Re-decoration of the space has been a gradual process over the last year or so. We wanted an enclosed, warm and cosy feel. Lots of dark grey and black, with natural wood shades and metallic highlights. This pair of copper coloured, glass bedside lamps was our most recent purchase. We thought they were just perfect, especially considering that they came complete with the ideal shades. They’re from Wayfair, £54.99 each.

New copper coloured glass bedside lamp | H is for Home

We bought a box of LED filament bulbs for them which we thought would be prettier than plain white ones. The lamps are quite magical when lit, lifting and transforming the room with their warm, copper glow.

New copper coloured glass bedside lamp | H is for Home

This is no ‘minimalist look’ space and we add ornament quite freely – particularly antique mirrors, drawers, display cases, candle holders – and objects of interest. We love the ‘collectors’ look’ – so their are lots of fossils, feathers, skulls, pebbles and shells dotted around the room.

You might have noticed that expanse of furry loveliness across the bed – another recently purchased finishing touch.

Detail from our new faux chinchilla throw | H is for Home

It’s a very good quality, imitation chinchilla fur bedspread. The subtle colour tones of cream, brown and grey work wonderfully. It’s very tactile and super warm too.

Large antique copper bin being used as a planter | H is for Home

We’d been looking for a large container for an equally large plant. This fabulous copper log bin arrived in our local antiques centre one day, so it was a ‘must buy’. We love the reflective surface and aged patina of the metal.

Detail from a large antique copper bin being used as a planter | H is for Home

A bottom up blind for this room had also been on our shopping list for some time. We already have one fitted in the ground floor lounge. It lets daylight in whilst adding privacy at street level. Also, the view at the front of our house is much nicer at higher levels. Lower down it’s a bit grubby and industrial, further up is a lovely hillside with trees, shrubs and climbers clinging to the steep valley sides.

Dark grey bottom-up roller blind | H is for Home Dark grey bottom-up roller blind | H is for Home

The blind downstairs is a sandy, cream colour. However, for this room we went for a charcoal grey to match the curtains and compliment the overall scheme. We’re very happy indeed with the results. The view from the bed is much improved now – and we get a glimpse of a passing fox or the occasional deer nibbling at the vegetation opposite. Bliss!

Antique glass bauble | H is for Home

So, that’s the room re-decoration completed in the main. We have the option of picking up interesting objects and nature finds as we come across them. It can just evolve subtly over time. We hope you like the results so far!

Get their look: Memphis meets Midcentury Modern

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Designer, Joost Janszen lives in this Amsterdam apartment with his partner, Martijn. Their love of colour and vintage design is immediately apparent from this little snapshot.

They carry off the Memphis meets Midcentury Modern vibe with aplomb. Joost cites Le Corbusier and Ettore Sottsass as influences.

Check out Joost’s Instagram stream for even more colour & texture inspiration!

  1. Modular shelving unit designed by Pool Cadovius for Royal System
  2. Iris planter + Chevron stand
  3. Hay Slit table
  4. Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
  5. Vintage ‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
  6. Super-large print fabric (on sofa)
  7. Jago extra large rug, deep red

Get their look: Memphis meets Midcentury Modern | H is for Home

Get their look

Jago extra large rug, deep red
Jago extra large rug, deep red
‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
Hay Slit table
Hay Slit table
Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
Iris planter + Chevron stand
Iris planter + Chevron stand
Shelving unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System
Shelving unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System
Jago extra large rug, deep red
Jago extra large rug, deep red
‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
Hay Slit table
Hay Slit table
Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
Iris planter + Chevron stand
Iris planter + Chevron stand
Shelving unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System
Shelving unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System
Jago extra large rug, deep red
Jago extra large rug, deep red
‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
‘Moment’ sofa by Niels Gammelgaard for IKEA
Hay Slit table
Hay Slit table
Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
Set of 2 Dorso stacking stools designed by James Uren
Iris planter + Chevron stand
Iris planter + Chevron stand
Shelving unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System
Shelving unit by Poul Cadovius for Royal System

How to choose the perfect kitchen rug

How to choose the perfect kitchen rug | H is for Home

When looking for a rug, you might not first consider using one in your kitchen. The idea of food spillages alone might be enough to put your off, but fear not, there are certain rugs that can handle this intense wear & tear with ease. Kitchen rugs are a great way of introducing some character to an otherwise very functional room. So, let’s take a look at some of the rugs that are most at home in this busy room.

Red kitchen rug

Fibres

It’s not just about style when it comes to a kitchen rug. It’s actually more important to consider the fabrics and materials first. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that fluffy, textured rugs are not recommended. Shaggy rugs have a thick pile that would make cleaning up spilt food or drinks incredibly difficult. Not only that, but these spillages would ruin the texture of the fibres making your fluffy rug matted and dirty. Your safest bet is to look for rugs that are both synthetic and tightly woven. Materials to consider include nylon, polyester and polypropylene. These materials are highly durable and are able to be much more easily maintained in such a room. Alternatively, you could look at natural products such as jute, seagrass or bamboo, if you prefer.

Cat sitting on a kitchen floor

Placement

As with any other rug, it’s a good idea to plan where you intend to lay it. Obviously, directly under the oven or fridge might not be the best idea as this is where you’ll mostly likely drop something. In the middle of the room or under a table would be a better choice since this will limit the damage from spills. By strategically placing your rug you can help to bring dimension to your kitchen. As we mentioned previously, kitchens can be fairly practical when it comes to design, especially if you rent. Adding a rug can help bring warmth and interest to the room.

Blue rug on a kitchen floor

Design

The most fun bit of any home décor choice is the design. This is where you can really personalise your home and make it your own. When looking for designs in kitchens however, there are a few simple tips and tricks you can adhere to if you wish. Many natural fibre or man-made materials aren’t always available in many colours and designs, especially bamboo or seagrass. Luckily, these rugs often come with coloured borders to bring some dimension to your rug. Working with these borders makes creating accents in the room easy and can really bring a sophisticated touch to the aesthetic.

So, there you have it, using a rug in your kitchen isn’t such a crazy idea after all. Of course, you might have a little extra housework when it comes to cleaning, but the final look and feel of the room is more than worth it.

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Get their look: Kitchen with bright accents

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I’ve always had a thing against red kitchens. I thought it would make a hot room feel even more uncomfortable. This kitchen with bright accents has made me change my mind. Red appliances dotted around a bright white space is a great way of using the colour successfully.

The green, orange and yellow dining chairs add pretty accent colour to the mix.

  1. KitchenAid 125 Artisan 4.8L stand mixer, empire red
  2. Smeg right hand hinge FAB30RFR 70/30 fridge freezer – red
  3. De’Longhi Icona CTO4003.R 4-slice toaster, scarlet red
  4. Brabantia 45L touch-top metal bin
  5. GROLAND kitchen island
  6. Karndean Knight tiles, sycamore
  7. RANGEMASTER Excel 110 dual fuel range cooker – ivory & chrome
  8. The Inventors Eiffel chairs with metal legs

Get their look: Kitchen with bright accents | H is for Home

Get their look

The Inventors Eiffel chairs with metal legs
The Inventors Eiffel chairs with metal legs
RANGEMASTER Excel 110 dual fuel range cooker – ivory & chrome
RANGEMASTER Excel 110 dual fuel range cooker – ivory & chrome
Karndean Knight vinyl tile – sycamore
Karndean Knight vinyl tile – sycamore
GROLAND kitchen island
GROLAND kitchen island
Brabantia 45L touch-top metal bin
Brabantia 45L touch-top metal bin
De’Longhi Icona CTO4003.R 4-slice toaster, scarlet red
De’Longhi Icona CTO4003.R 4-slice toaster, scarlet red
KitchenAid 125 Artisan 4.8L stand mixer, empire red
KitchenAid 125 Artisan 4.8L stand mixer, empire red
Smeg right hand hinge FAB30RFR 70/30 fridge freezer – red
Smeg right hand hinge FAB30RFR 70/30 fridge freezer – red
The Inventors Eiffel chairs with metal legs
The Inventors Eiffel chairs with metal legs
RANGEMASTER Excel 110 dual fuel range cooker – ivory & chrome
RANGEMASTER Excel 110 dual fuel range cooker – ivory & chrome
Karndean Knight vinyl tile – sycamore
Karndean Knight vinyl tile – sycamore
GROLAND kitchen island
GROLAND kitchen island
Brabantia 45L touch-top metal bin
Brabantia 45L touch-top metal bin
De’Longhi Icona CTO4003.R 4-slice toaster, scarlet red
De’Longhi Icona CTO4003.R 4-slice toaster, scarlet red
KitchenAid 125 Artisan 4.8L stand mixer, empire red
KitchenAid 125 Artisan 4.8L stand mixer, empire red
Smeg right hand hinge FAB30RFR 70/30 fridge freezer – red
Smeg right hand hinge FAB30RFR 70/30 fridge freezer – red

Get their look: Pop art lounge

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This Pop Art lounge is so bright and playful; the owner uses primary colours to the full. The canary yellow sofa cleverly picks up the colour in the adjoining room – a trick often used by interior and garden designers to help the flow of a space. The sofa also contrasts well against royal blue cushions and tomato red nest of tables.

The large, attention-grabbing original triptych artwork by by Elena Fuks brings originality and a personal touch to the interior. Details such as the cheeky monkey desk lamp, Sputnik ceiling light, zebra print vases and hot pink pencil pot round off the bold look perfectly.

  1. Pop Art triptych
  2. Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
  3. Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
  4. Hay tree trunk vases
  5. Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
  6. Seletti sitting monkey lamp
  7. Turin 2-seater tub sofa

Get their look: Pop art lounge | H is for Home

Get their look

Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Hay tree trunk vases
Hay tree trunk vases
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Pop Art triptych
Pop Art triptych
Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Turin 2-seater tub sofa
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Seletti sitting monkey lamp
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
Hay tree trunk vases
Hay tree trunk vases
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
Pop Art triptych
Pop Art triptych