December 2010

The right piece of art captivates, evokes a memory or a thought, can be re-assuring yet haunting and “still” the mind for deeper contemplation.  In the spa, it can transform, promote healing, inspire and connect your guests to the space.

When selecting artwork, consider your space and the mood you want to convey not only for your guests but for yourself and your staff. Artwork is personal so be sure select pieces that you feel strongly about.

A commissioned piece of art that enhances your brand can make a lasting impression.

Size and color are the two major criteria for selecting art to fit its surroundings. For any particular space, art that is too large will overwhelm and art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion. The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe.

Cluster artwork in groups for maximum effect. Don’t be afraid to pair photography with abstract art and various mediums of different shapes and sizes to create a unique and sophisticated focal point.

The right lighting is key for showcasing art at its best. You may find that placing a picture light or track head above a painting is all the art needs to exhibit its brilliance.

Recessed track lighting provides illumination for this serene focal point

Remember, selecting and displaying art for the spa is an art in itself.  Experiment to learn what works and what doesn’t from wall placement and color to texture and style. You’ll be rewarded with interesting wall decor that stands the test of time.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Spa Style!  

Masahiro Miyasaka

Wishing you joy, peace, and prosperity in the New Year!

Michele, Valerie, Georgia, Scott, Amy, and Dana

We are excited to share our professional expertise about spa flooring!   This will be one of several posts discussing this topic.  In terms of construction, flooring is one of the biggest investments that you will make.  Stay with us over the next couple of months and we’ll cover the gammit of spa flooring options.

For today, we’ll start with carpeting.  Yes, carpeting is a worthwhile option for the spa!   While the idea of carpeting sounds scary to most, it can play a significant role in the success of your interior.

Spa owner selected carpet for their reception and retail area

This spa features a commercial grade carpet in the reception and retail area.  While this may seem a bit unorthodox,  it suited this owner’s particular purpose.  They wanted a quiet, warm feeling upon entering the space.  It also works here because the spa is located on a second level within an office building so customers would not be tracking in dirt as they might do when a space is at street level.

Carpeting down this spa hall was accented with a mosaic tile border and uplighting

Carpeting can also be used down spa corridors and hallways even lounge rooms.  It is great for comfort, warmth and sound absorption.   I would not recommend carpeting for treatment rooms as sanitation and mobility of work carts and task chairs is key in those rooms.  More options for treatment rooms to come in upcoming posts~!

Carpet tiles are a great option for spas as they are hard-wearing, easily replaceable and stylish.  If part of a carpet becomes stained or ruined, you can easily take up the tile and replace it with a new tile for a low cost fix.  We love these carpet tiles by Shaw Contract because of their organic patterns that imitate nature.  They are also eco-friendly and BONUS! they come with a lifetime warranty.

We always reommend commercial-grade, whether you are considering a broadloom carpet or a carpet tile  because of their durabilty and extensive warranties.   Carpet style options have evolved over the past several years, colors are more vibrant and patterns are more unique so that you can make a great statement in your spa. 

Imagine a landscape indoors.  So what do you think?  Would you select carpeting for areas within your spa interior?  Send us a note at the start of this post.