Design Renovation

Picking it up from where we previously left off, we looked at the first quick fix design renovation solution that encompasses the different application processes like painting, wallpaper and tiling. Today, lets delve into the remaining solutions geared at helping businesses in the hospitality industry survive these turbulent times and remain relevant in whatever field they are playing in. With an overall idea of all the renovation solutions including their pros and cons, you’ll be best placed at making a sober decision on what solution or mix of solutions brings you the best value in the long run.

Solution #2: Changing the Soft Furnishings (Drapery, Area Rugs and Reupholstery)

When it comes to making changes to the soft furnishings, each business in the hospitality industry may have different needs and requirements. For instance, drapery is of utmost importance to hotels and resorts but clubs have little to no use for it while reupholstery may be a game changer for restaurants and event suppliers but may do nothing for tour companies. The key is to look at what best fits and works for your outfit and run with it.

Since Drapery is readily available in a multitude of patterns, finishes and textures with a broad price range mostly pegged on quality, getting great value for your money is a given. Add the time taken to sew up a fresh batch of curtains and once ready, revamping the room is only a matter of minutes. The major challenge is getting suppliers with the quantity you need lest you make different sets for each room or every floor in your establishment. Also working with a decorator who isn’t keen on workmanship or honouring timelines is a deadly combination that can set back your grand reveal by days if not weeks.

Area Rugs have this way of making any space feel lush, changing them out every so often will make your hotel or spa feel like a totally different space. The one major disadvantage is their cost; getting great quality hard wearing carpets will set you back several thousands, and this does not include their maintenance and cleaning process.

Reupholstery on the other hand is your best friend especially in situations where the capital investment needed to purchase a new set of furniture isn’t available. With reupholstery, the work can be done in a matter of days (sometimes less depending on the quantity) and the end result is furniture that looks as good as new. For restaurant owners, hoteliers and event suppliers, this option is a major game changer. The costs associated with reupholstery for the most part, is a fraction of the amount needed to purchase a new set.

Solution #3: Replacement of Fittings and Fixtures

When we consider something as simple as bathroom fittings like sinks and basins and lighting fixtures like pendants and sconces, merely replacing them will not only make your space appear newer but also brighter. When coupled with any of the quick fix design renovation solutions mentioned, your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they visit your establishment. Since replacement of Fittings and Fixtures is a solution that takes a day or less, getting it done alongside the other solutions won’t dent your timeline or schedule. And considering the availability of fittings and fixtures with prices ranging from low to high, getting the perfect fit for your space for the perfect price is a sure bet. One thing though, make sure the fundi fitting the pieces actually knows what they are doing lest you’ll find yourself having to deal with other issues to solve problems associated with poor workmanship.

Solution #4: Investing in Artwork and Décor Pieces

Accents and accessories make or break a space. For spaces in the hospitality industry, having no Artwork or Décor Pieces is akin to having no character, they are not able to evoke the necessary feelings and emotions that will make one a repeat customer. As Kelly Wearstler puts it, “Nothing adds soul to a space like a distinctive wall covering.” Investing in artwork and décor pieces isn’t just for show, it sets you apart and puts you on the winning track towards not only remaining relevant but also realizing your desired sales. Liaising with local artists and artisans is a great avenue to access unique pieces, and make an extra shilling from the sale of these pieces. The way I see it, it’s a win-win solution; so what’s holding you back?

Looking at all the quick fix design renovation solutions mentioned, I’m sure you now have an idea of the ideal solution that will set you off on the right path. With that in mind, don’t hold off for too long, the year is still young, get started on the necessary renovations and see the monies start trickling in.

Till next time…Baraka Tele

Fiona Odhiambo

Fiona Odhiambo

FIONA is the Principal and Lead Interior Design Consultant of Phi Interior Designers. With a passion for design and the world of interiors, service and mentorship, she has over eleven (11) years’ experience in building consultancy, interior architectural design, project management and planning on CAD programs

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