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New Hospitality Design Trends 2020

The overriding theme of 2020 hospitality design trends is that of being in the present – with an eye on the future. Read on for details of new hospitality trends in 2020, and ideas on how to implement them in your own designs.

 

Warm Welcomes

 

Many new décor ideas are centered around creating warm, welcoming, comfortable spaces. This has been in the works for a while, and Authentic Interior reported on it last year. Their article, Interior Design Trends For 2020 From Milan Design Week 2019, explained:

 

“Today we are tired of touchscreens, unwelcoming light in the public spaces and offices. That’s why we are seeking refuge, a cozy, warm space where we can feel well. It applies not only to homes, but it also applies to commercial places as well.

 

Choosing good commercial interior design is crucial for clients’ wellbeing and of course, marketing. Interior design trends in 2020 will center around wellbeing, comfort, and sustainability.”

 

Design Scene echoed this sentiment in their article, Restaurant Interior Design Trends 2020:

 

Restaurateurs, nowadays, try to give their place a cozy, residential feeling by decorating it with plants. They put special effort into their arrangement.”

 

This ties in with the new “Grandmillennial” design trend. House Beautiful coined the phrase in their article, The Rise of ‘Grandmillennial’ Style:

 

“Ranging in age from mid-20s to late-30s, grandmillennials have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be “stuffy” or “outdated”—Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens. Unlike that of the late-aughts hipster, their taste for the antiquated isn’t ironic; it’s less twee than timeless.”

 

“But maybe the ultimate appeal of the grandmillennial aesthetic lies in the fact that, for the stressed out twenty- and thirty-somethings of the world, that cozy chintz chair at your grandmother’s house represents a much-needed respite.”

 

Another can’t miss element of Grandmillennial style? Color! Subtle is out, and saturation is in.

 

Jewel Tones

 

The introduction of vivid jewel tones and deep, rich colors will distinguish this decade from the last.

 

Pantone has named “Classic Blue” as the hue for 2020, and the deep shade pairs perfectly with shades of ruby, emerald, topaz, and amethyst.

 

Jewel tones can make a space feel lush, luxurious, and inviting.

 

The Realtor.com article, Bring the Bold! The 5 Biggest Winter Design Trends Dare to Brighten Things Up, discusses the resurgence of jewel tones:

 

“Emerald green and jewel tones in general are part of a 2020 trend we’re calling ‘Old World Minimalism,’” says Rebecca Breslin, design manager for Wayfair Professional.”

 

Elle Décor also got some expert advice on trending jewel tones – this time from Sue Wadden of Sherwin-Williams. In The Colors You’re Going to See Everywhere in 2020, Wadden says,

 

“2020 is the start of a new decade, and in true ‘Roaring 20s’ fashion, we’ll start seeing a trend toward bolder, deeper colors, accented with a touch of opulence.”

 

Architecture Ideas echoed this statement in their article, Interior Design Trends: What to Expect in 2020:

 

“According to some designers, neutral colors will be replaced by warm colors, jewel tones, and saturated hues. Walls, cabinets, furniture, and tiles are the perfect opportunity to bring in color.”

 

 

Urban Jungles

 

Another play on these lush jewel tones are a unique concept: urban jungles. They’re predicted to be big in 2020, especially for restaurants.

 

Per Design Scene:

 

“There is some aesthetic value that is associated with greens. And also, plants look great in pictures, and that is the reason why such ‘urban jungles’ are extremely popular among the Instagrammers.”

 

What distinguishes urban, edgy jungles from the green décor we’re used to seeing? The New Décor Trends article, What Will Be The Restaurants in 2020, says the difference is rich backgrounds and memorable displays:

 

“The next clearly visible trend is a dark interior with unusual landscaping. Plants in the interior have long been commonplace, but here we are talking about incredible solutions: huge trees, ferns, green compositions (even designs) combined with a black or dark gray background and light accents on the green.”

 

This trend correlates with a newfound appreciation for vertical, hanging, and draped greenery. 

 

Cannabis Tourism

 

Speaking of plants…cannabis tourism is rapidly increasing in popularity! Hotel Tech Report reviewed the 100+ Hotel Trends to Watch in 2020, and cannabis tourism was one of them:

 

“As marijuana laws loosen, a new segment of travelers are “going green” in a way that has nothing to do with the environment: traveling to a city specifically to explore the recreational drug.”

 

Some hotels and restaurants have relaxed their rules about smoking marijuana on the premises; others have fully embraced the trend as an immersive experience. MetroUK’s list, The 11 Big Travel Trends of 2020, predicted:

 

“2020 will see the rise of the “Cannabis Tourist” – with hotels increasingly offering everything from weed smoking yoga sessions, luxury CBD oil massages, marijuana fine-dining, pot cooking classes and marijuana laced desserts on the menu.”

 

House Beautiful showcased some very specific examples in their article, These Are the Trends to Watch in 2020, According to Our Next Wave Designers:

 

“(Jean) Liu also points to an uptick in cannabis-inspired rooms in the wake of expanding marijuana legalization. “From the wellness room by Iris Danker at this year’s Hamptons Holiday House to Flavor Paper’s scratch ‘n sniff ‘Cannabliss’ wallpaper, we expect these plants to be making their way into homes across the country,” she says.”

 

Wallpaper is also trending for 2020, but there’s a décor option that’s even more popular: murals!

 

Wall Murals

 

The newest way to make your space Instagrammable is actually one of the oldest forms of art – wall murals and oversized paintings. Phase Zero Design wrote an article about this, called Just a “Taste” of Design Trends Taking Over the Restaurant Industry in 2020. They noted that “big visuals and design elements” are what to try this year:

 

Believe it or not, that ‘cool mural’ is memorable and enough to make a guest come back again and again. Aside from your menu, your restaurant’s atmosphere is the only thing that differentiates you from the restaurant two blocks down.

 

By implementing strategic and memorable design features, you create a “photo-ready” space that will lead to a strong social media presence and bring customers into your restaurant to experience it for themselves.”

 

Lux Deco expressed the same sentiments in their post, Interior Design Trends for 2020:

 

“Emerging as one of 2020’s interior design trends to take note of are wall murals. These can be interpreted in many ways, from panels of paintings that dominate a single wall to mural wallpaper that wraps around the entire room in a maximalist way.”

 

Maximalism

 

All of the aforementioned trends fit under one big umbrella: maximalism. Curbed wrote an article, Inside the Powerfully Expressive World of Maximalism, that sums it up well:

 

“But maximalism is so much more. And right now, it’s everywhere in design: It’s the ‘grandmillennial’ interiors swathed in lace and chintz, the immersive Instagram museums and Infinity Rooms clogging your feed, the plant-filled Jungalows, the Memphis-inspired patterns and murals taking over building facades.

 

It’s the restaurant decked out in an explosion of fringe, drapes, leather, velvet, and marble. Maximalism embraces decoration, pattern, color—all sorts of things that are vibrant, fun, expressive, and pleasurable.”

 

After all this focus on what’s in for 2020, you may be wondering what’s out. Our research shows these 5 trends dying down in the new decade:

 

      • Millennial Pink
      • Rose Gold
      • Blonde Wood
      • Chevrons
      • Minimalism

 

Did you catch our article on what long-lasting hospitality design trends are still in this year? Check it out and get inspired to redefine, redesign, or redecorate your space!

“Mahalo” green wall welcome sign at California Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Faux trees, plants, and flowers at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Cesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, NV
Instagrammable Place: Restoration Hardware West Palm Beach
Fabricated Mediterannean Olive Trees at RH (Restoration Hardware) Rooftop Restaurant in West Palm Beach, FL
Flower wall tunnel at CATCH Aria Las Vegas
Faux floral wall entrance to CATCH Restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Replica Traveler’s Palms at The Kindler Hotel in Lincoln, NE
Replica ivy and palm plants at Bobby Flay’s Shark Restaurant at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV
Dispensary design decor
Green wall logo mural with faux plants at Grass Monkey Cannabis Company Dispensary in South Portland, ME
Wall mural and replica trees at Queensyard Restaurant at Hudson Yards in New York, NY
Faux cherry blossom tree and mural painting at Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar in La Quinta, CA
Preserved boxwood hedges and fabricated London Plane trees at RH (Restoration Hardware) Rooftop Restaurant in New York, NY

Hospitality Design Trends 2020 – What’s Staying In Style

Hospitality design trends are constantly changing, but there are always some favorites that stick around season after season.

 

2020 is no exception – the new decade has inspired some exciting new hospitality design trends for hotels, restaurants, and bars. This article on 2020 décor and design trends will bring you up to speed on what’s staying in season. Once you’re updated on what should stay, check out our follow up article on new trends in hospitalty design for the new decade! 

 

Going Green

“Green” is the key word this year. Recycled, reused, and responsibly sourced materials are quickly becoming the norm, along with designs that harmonize with nature. Hotel Tech Report named “LEED Certification” as one of 100+ Hotel Trends to Watch in 2020:

 

“Short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, this global certification (LEED) measures the eco-friendliness of a building.”

 

TreeScapes’ preserved palm fronds and palm tree bark encased tree trunks are made with recycled plant material. They are so resource-efficient that they qualify for up to 90% of their purchase price in LEED credits!

 

Lodging Magazine’s article, Eight Ways to Foster Wellness and Interconnectedness Through Hotel Design, mentioned how going green is also inspiring color choices:

 

“The urge to reconnect with nature in today’s society is also affecting color selection. Nature-themed colors are in.”

 

Biophilic Design

The other side of the green trend is something that’s been going on for a while and may continue through the entire decade: biophilic design. It’s often described as bringing the outside inside, or In and Out design. Research has found that humans are happier, healthier, and more productive when nature is brought indoors.

 

Noted interior designer Cristina Villalon discussed this in her Smart Meetings article Hotel Trends from a Celebrity Designer:

 

“Biophilic design connects a visitor with nature. As many people spend most of their time indoors, they crave moments of interaction with nature. Biophilic design provides a way to meet those needs by creating a habitat in our built environments.”

 

It’s not just about aesthetic appeal and stress relief, though. Biophilic design makes financial sense! Terrapin Bright Green released The Economics of Biophilia, a white paper that detailed how the presence of plants and trees can increase profits:

 

“When shown images of greener retail settings, respondents indicated that an acceptable price to pay was 20% higher for an item in convenient shopping (e.g., a sandwich for lunch), 25% higher for general shopping (e.g., a new jacket or watch), and 15% more for specialty shopping (e.g., a gift for a family member) (55. Wolf, 2005 ).

 

The addition of plant life into the realm of retail shopping appears to act as a stimulus that boosts the image perception and economic viability of stores.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about these hospitality design trends, check out our free Basics of Biophilic Design white paper.

 

Indoor Trees

This trend started in the twenty-teens, and we’re proud that we played a role in increasing the popularity of indoor trees as hospitality décor. Our replica Mediterranean Olive Trees at the RH (formerly known as Restoration Hardware) 3 Arts Club Café helped to spearhead this trend.

 

We’ve also created and installed indoor Cherry Blossom, Birch, Acacia, Palm, and Oak trees at restaurants around the world!

 

The Eater included indoor trees in their article The Stunning Restaurant Design Trends Most Likely to Take Over 2020:

 

“In 2020, I’m expecting to see folks push the envelope with their hanging gardens, indoor trees, and wall-to-wall leaves and show us something we haven’t seen yet.”

 

In another article, Forget Your Fiddle-Leaf Figs: 2020 Restaurant Decor Is All About the Booth Tree, suggests that “trees growing out of the backs of booths are among the lushest restaurant design trends.

 

Social Media Appeal

Instagram walls and photo-friendly spaces will continue to grow in popularity this decade. Our customized green walls, flower walls, and vertical gardens make ideal selfie spots for your guests! Parterre Flooring mentions this in their article, 10 Restaurant Design Trends to Watch in 2020:

 

Social media also allows users to experience a restaurant before they even step inside the door. They can look at pictures of the restaurant’s design aesthetic, and of the food (either from the restaurant’s own social media account or from others who have posted content and tagged the location).”

 

Tips from the article How Technology Can Help Restaurants to Serve Millennial & Gen Z Better include offering free wifi, online booking, and even using AV/VR to entice diners.

 

ProGroup Contracting had similar advice in their article 2020 Hotel Design Trends to Keep at The Cutting Edge and Remain Competitive:

 

Being that Instagram is one of the most effective marketing tools for building brand awareness, hotels need to create spaces that are Instagram-worthy. This means using quirky and playful designs to create unique spaces to become Instagrammable.”

 

Giving your space social media appeal is easier than it sounds! Our free infographic and white paper, How to Make the Next Instagrammable Space, offers inspiration, ideas for hospitality design trends, real world success stories, and a easy to implement tips.

 

Faux Plants

Designing with plants fits right in with the trends of going green and using biophilic design. The twist for 2020, though, is that artificial plants are taking center stage! Part of this was spurred by another recent and unfortunate trend: dead plants on display.

 

The Eater summed up the problem in their 2018 article, We Need to Talk About Dead Houseplants in Restaurants:

 

“Dining room greenery is perfect for Instagram, but only if the plants are alive.”

 

Artificial plants are big in home design, and that has carried over to the hospitality industry. Forbes offered insight in the article Americans Will Shop High-Low For Home Furnishings, And 5 Other Decorating Trends In 2020:

 

“Artificial plants always look perfect and have that feel of foliage.”

 

Wondering what’s brand new for 2020? Be sure to read our follow up article, New Hospitality Design Trends 2020!

Fully Organic Preserved Palm Trees by International TreeScapes
Preserved Palm Trees at Margaritaville in Las Vegas, NV
Artificial plants at Bobby Flay’s Shark Restaurant at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV
Faux bougainvillea at Shaquille’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA
Replica Acacia tree at Queensyard Restaurant at Hudson Yards in New York, NY
Custom fabricated tree at Sushisamba Restaurant in London, England
Faux floral wall at CATCH restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Artificial green walls at IPIC theater in Delray Beach, FL
Instagrammable Place: Vanderpump Cocktail Garden Flowers Greenery
Artificial plant wall at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Cesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

Artificial Indoor Trees at New NYC Restaurant Queensyard

Artificial indoor trees from TreeScapes & PlantWorks make a big impact when used as restaurant décor. We’re pleased to have provided a number of trees to famous eateries across the globe, including this recent New York project.

 

The Hudson Yards development is a multi-use space that invites visitors to “Live, Shop, Work & Dine in New York”. One of the dining options is the British inspired restaurant, bar, and café called Queensyard (also known as “queensyard”).

 

We created realistic, impactful replica trees to complement the design and décor.

 

“Creating a comfortable, homelike atmosphere was a fundamental consideration in the restaurant’s concept and design.”

 

“The genesis of the name itself alludes to D&D’s British origin, where the term “yard” refers to small meeting places, and also refers back to the origin of this site, the rail yard.

 

Our design reflects those influences — culture, site and history — blending the warm environment of an English country home with a modern aesthetic.”

 

English Invasion: New Restaurant Brings British Isles to New York City, Restaurant Development & Design magazine

 

The owners and designers focused on design accents that evoked authenticity: low, hand painted wood ceilings, shelves filled with intriguing British collectables, and trees that feel right out of an English countryside.

 

Queensyard also features touches of irreverent British flair, like interactive cocktails that double as mini art pieces, quirky flavor combinations, and bathrooms that only play songs by Queen.

 

There’s even a halibut dish that’s billed as an interpretation of the classic American treat, Rocky Road ice cream! Guests can enjoy formal dining, mixed drinks, or royal tea and scones.

 

The restaurant features two types of reproduction trees: Replica Acacia trees and Replica Oak. Both are significant in British culture, and prominent throughout the United Kingdom.

 

Our artisans paired natural wood trunks with handcrafted foliage, made from molds of real Acacia and Oak leaves. These artificial indoor trees will stay green, and never need any watering or trimming.

 

Faux indoor trees are increasingly popular in restaurants, but Queensyard has a slightly different aesthetic.

 

Many establishments focus on one statement tree, like the replica Cherry Blossom tree at Okura Sushi, or the replica Mediterranean Olive Tree in the center of CATCH restaurant in Vegas.

 

Queensyard has opted to place multiple faux Acacia and Oaks throughout the space, giving guests ample opportunities to dine and socialize beneath the trees. They provide a warm, inviting look that’s as memorable as it is beautiful!

 

Queensyard is part of D&D London, a restaurant and hospitality firm that includes 43 diverse establishments. The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yard are a curated collaboration from world renowned chef Thomas Keller and famed restaurateur and developer Kenneth A. Himmel.

 

Queensyard was designed by Nancy J. Ruddy, Founding Principal of CetraRuddy, an award-winning global architecture and interior design firm based in New York. The walls feature custom murals by American artist Sarah Moore.

Queensyard Restaurant Additional Images
Image Credits: All photographs by Will Stanley, courtesy of QueensyardNYC.com

Restaurant Plants: Bobby Flay’s Shark at the Palms

Restaurant plants can add color and life to any eatery. TreeScapes & PlantWorks were pleased to provide replica plants for Bobby Flay’s newest Vegas restaurant, Shark.

 

The chef’s first new restaurant in five years (and first high end restaurant in fifteen years) had to be spectacular – especially by Las Vegas standards!

 

The food there is described as “Seafood and Sushi with a Latin beat”, and the name was inspired by existing artwork at Palms Casino Resort:

 

“Damien Hirst’s controversial shark sculpture in Unknown Bar at the center of the Palms inspired the name. “When I saw the shark, I knew that was going to the name of the restaurant,” he says.

 

The artwork from British artist Damien Hirst features a 13-foot tiger shark, caught by a fisherman in Australia, and divided into three segments of steel and glass tanks, preserved in formaldehyde.

 

The bar gets its name from the artwork, dubbed The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) from 1999.”

Eater Las Vegas

 

The restaurant design was expertly done by Rockwell Group, who have also led many other iconic hospitality projects. The Shark dining room “was inspired by the open courtyards found in Central and South America”.

 

Our artificial plants factor prominently throughout the space, but the faux ivy is the most dramatic element:

 

“A covered outdoor dining terrace feels like a backyard, with fabric awnings on the ceiling and vines growing on back wall.

 

Black and white cement tiles in a random geometric pattern add a graphic, dynamic feel in contrast to the warmth of the restaurant interior.”

Rockwell Group, Palms Casino & Resort

 

The ivy stretches along the walls in a natural pattern that makes it seem like it’s really growing inside the restaurant. We also provided additional restaurant plants: replica fishtail palms, traveler’s palms, cropped grass, and fiddle leaf figs.

 

These plants are on display in front of the entrance, between tables, and in planter boxes throughout. Lights provided by Focus Lighting complete the rich, welcoming design.

 

2019 was a big year for us and restaurant plants; we provided gorgeous faux floral walls and a replica Mediterranean Olive Tree for CATCH at Aria, also in Las Vegas.

 

Other restaurant plant projects for us included a stunning replica cherry blossom tree for Okura Sushi in La Quinta, and artificial bougainvillea and succulents for Shaquille’s in Los Angeles.

 

If you’re seeking restaurant plants, flowers, or trees, we urge you to consider our artificial creations! Our replica and fabricated greenery require minimal maintenance (no watering!), never die or lose color, and won’t trigger any allergy concerns.

 

Another element to consider is the scent of natural plants and flowers. These smells are often beautiful, but they can compete with the appetizing smells of food offered in your restaurant. It’s the same reason many restauranteurs use unscented candles at their tables.  

 

If you dine at Shark, be sure to stop by the Revolve pop up clothing shop nearby. The Revolve x Palms flower wall is another TreeScapes & PlantWorks creation, and it’s a top selfie spot in the city!

Restaurant Plants Gallery: Bobby Flay's Shark at the Palms

Cherry Blossom Artificial Indoor Tree at Okura Sushi

Decorating with an artificial indoor tree can bring beauty, comfort, and a luxurious experience to your restaurant or business.

 

One of the most popular options for an artificial indoor tree has to be our life size faux cherry blossom tree!

 

Okura Sushi recently reopened their La Quinta, California restaurant, and included one of our cherry blossoms in the design.

 

Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar has two locations in California: Laguna Beach, and La Quinta.

 

The La Quinta restaurant recently moved to a new, larger, spot near the original location. This busy location is in a prominent spot, right in the middle of a busy Coachella Valley intersection.

 

Owner Jay Lee knew she needed to make a statement when the restaurant reopened, so she called upon Statewide Services Inc. to make her dream into a reality.

 

We were pleased to work with them and create the perfect tree for this establishment – a dramatic artificial indoor cherry blossom tree.

 

“Palm Desert-based Statewide Services Inc. did the renovation and design, with Lee’s input every step of the way, turning the interior into a work of art, beginning with the cherry tree in the center of the main dining room.

 

Okura Sushi was among the most challenging of the restaurant redesigns the company has been involved with, Lua said.

 

‘This is by far the most unique restaurant of the lot,’ he said.

 

The details of the design and finishes ‘really took on a shape of a very contemporary L.A./Hollywood vibe’ that doesn’t currently exist in the valley, he said.” –  The Desert Sun

 

Other décor elements include gold Kriskadecor chains and chandeliers, a “Geisha Angel” mural, a 4-foot-tall bronze Buddha statue, and cherry blossom wallpaper. Our cherry blossom tree is the centerpiece that anchors the room. You can even see it from outside the restaurant – the window in the door gives you a sneak peek at the tree inside!

 

If you’re seeking unique design features, custom fabricated artificial indoor trees are an ideal choice. They’re handmade to your exact specifications, by talented and innovative artisans.

 

Click here to learn more about our artificial indoor and outdoor cherry blossom trees.

Okura Sushi Cherry Blossom Tree Gallery

Real vs. Artificial Trees – Regulations & Laws

Dispensary design decor
Fabricated Golden Bamboo by International TreeScapes

The third topic in our series of articles on real vs. artificial trees is regulation. This includes local, statewide, and federal laws, as well as zoning restrictions, building limitations, and other unique circumstances.

 

It would be great if trees and plants could be planted anywhere, anytime, and by anyone. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You may want a beautiful towering oak for your front yard, but local ordinances may prohibit this. Luckily, faux indoor options are usually acceptable. Artificial trees can meet regulations that living trees may not pass.

 

Real trees and plants can obstruct views, require too much water, or (most commonly) have roots that could grow to disrupt buildings, sidewalks, and roads.

 

This is true on a larger scale for businesses or cities that want to integrate living trees and plants into their design. Artificial trees avoid this concern, because they don’t ever grow larger, and they have no roots to interfere with infrastructure. Plus, artificial trees tend to survive longer in the city than real living trees.

 

Smaller artificial trees and plants can also be placed in areas that wouldn’t be able to support the weight of a growing tree. This is why faux options tend to be preferred for balconies, rooftops, and indoor locations.

 

There’s a new business emerging with a unique set of restrictions: cannabis. Many dispensaries want to decorate with cannabis plants but aren’t allowed to. Each state in America has different restrictions for selling, growing, and consuming marijuana products.

 

A cannabis dispensary might want marijuana plants strictly for aesthetic appeal, for example. The problem here is that a healthy plant could technically produce a large quantity of cannabis that could be cultivated and sold.

 

Dispensaries already struggle with federal restrictions, conflicting laws, and different permit requirements depending on location. Rather than risk their business licenses by growing on site, they can simply utilize fake cannabis plants for effect.

 

Another common scenario where this plays out is in Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) across America. If your neighborhood is part of an HOA, there are likely strict guidelines on what you can and can’t plant. You can often avoid challenges by using faux trees and plants instead.

 

It is important to note, though, that HOAs often heavily regulate exterior decor and landscape features as well. Generally speaking, if you want a big cherry blossom or ficus tree on your property, you might want to opt for a fabricated tree instead.

 

The same can be said for those who wish to display regulated, non-native, or invasive plants and trees. Kudzu, golden bamboo, Canada thistles, wild chervils, and many other plants are prohibited state or nationwide. If you want to decorate with any of these prohibited or restricted breeds, you likely need to go with a faux option instead.

 

Trees like the sycamore maple and cutleaf birch are banned from public planting in many states, because they choke out local vegitation, block too much sun, or colonize open spaces too quickly. Artificial versions of those trees, and many more, meet strict restrictions like these.

 

TreeScapes & PlantWorks are commited to helping the environment, one tree at a time. That’s why we will donate to have at least one tree planted for every fabricated, replica, or preserved tree we sell!

 

We’ve partnered with the charitable organization One Tree Planted to do our part for the planet. Visit their website to see how you can help with their reforestation efforts too.

Stunning Artificial Coconut Palm Trees on a Cruise Ship

Real vs. Artificial Trees and Water Conservation

Stunning Artificial Coconut Palm Trees on a Cruise Ship

Artificial trees and water conservation efforts aren’t discussed often, but there’s a definite eco-friendly advantage to going faux in many scenarios. In our prior article, we discussed real vs. artificial trees in city areas, and how it’s often more eco-friendly to use faux trees in urban environments. Now we’re looking at the pros and cons regarding real or artificial trees and water conservation efforts.

 

Living trees need water, of course, but sometimes their watering requires more resources than can be spared. This is also an issue with planting trees for decorative appeal. Businesses and municipalities love to design with trees, but their high water consumption can sometimes be worse for the environment than leaving the areas empty.

 

That’s where TreeScapes and PlantWorks come in! We create durable, life-size (and larger than life) artificial trees. We offer replica trees, fully fabricated trees, and preserved trees. None of these require the maintenance or care that living trees do. They don’t need water, so they’re ideal for areas where water conservation is a concern. They also work perfectly in extreme climate areas that simply can’t sustain living trees.

 

We have trees in casinos and hotels all across Las Vegas for this exact reason. They provide much-needed shade, and make a memorable statement, but they don’t use valuable resources. They also don’t require any potentially harmful pesticides or fertilizers. You can also find our trees on cruise ships, which have to closely regulate how much fresh water is brought on board, and how it used.

 

There are many circumstances, of course, where it is better for water conservation to plant and grow living trees. This is because trees can store water, and their roots help to regulate water distribution in surrounding areas. Sometimes, by watering one tree, you’re effectively watering all of the surrounding plants and flowers. Supporting local tree and plant growth is an important step that we all should take towards combatting climate change.

 

Other real trees and plants, like different varieties of cacti, require very little water. Most states have published guides on low water trees, drought tolerant trees, and drought resistant trees. Those are generally a water-safe option for anyone looking to decorate or add some shade. The Arbor Day Foundation website is a good resource; their article “10 Drought-Tolerant Trees That Will Throw Shade” has a list of options to start.

 

Trees are, of course, great for providing shade. On a micro level, the cooling effects can result in less water consumption by animals and humans, which offers a small environmental benefit. But this is true of both real and artificial trees, so it’s not a huge point in favor of either one. There is a common scenario where artificial trees may use more water, though: misters. Theme parks, personal residences, and cruise lines often utilize faux trees that have built-in concealed misters. The cooling mist and artificial foliage is an ideal way to beat the summer heat, but you should be mindful of overall water consumption when using them.

 

TreeScapes & PlantWorks are commited to helping the environment, one tree at a time. That’s why we will donate to have at least one tree planted for every fabricated, replica, or preserved tree we sell!

 

We’ve partnered with the charitable organization One Tree Planted to do our part for the planet. Visit their website to see how you can help with their reforestation efforts too.

Safety of Real vs. Artificial Trees & Plants

TreeScapes Inherently Fire Retardant Quality Product

Our article series about real vs. artificial trees and plants has covered:

 

 

We can’t discuss real trees/plants versus artificial ones without mentioning the safety concerns. There are two main concerns: poisonous species, and fire hazards. Christmas trees and plants are often a concern for both of these problems.

 

Most varieties of real Christmas trees – firs and pines in particular – are mildly toxic if a small amount is consumed. This is definitely more of a concern for pets than people, but there have been cases of babies and toddlers ingesting tree oil or needles. These needles aren’t designed to be digested and they can cause internal punctures, irritation, and distress.

 

Christmas tree water is also a health concern for babies and animals. The water in the stand may contain fertilizer, bacteria, or mold. It can also catch the oils and needles from the tree, making the container even more toxic.

 

Just about every popular holiday plant and flower is toxic to cats and dogs. Mistletoe, poinsettias, holly, amaryllis flowers, lilies, daffodils, and Christmas cacti are all dangerous to keep in a home with pets. They can cause problems that range from very mild to completely lethal. Chewing on a fir tree might cause your dog or cat to drool excessively, but just a few bites of a Christmas lily can result in death.

 

Most varieties of dry, living plants and trees can be flammable, but Christmas trees are the biggest fire risk each year. ABC News recently published an article titled “Nearly 160 fires per year started by Christmas trees, report claims”. They note that:

 

“Forgetting to keep your Christmas tree watered could have deadly consequences, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

 

According to the NFPA, nearly 160 house fires per year are sparked by Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually, the NFPA said.”

 

It’s important to note that only 2/3 of these fires involved natural trees. Artificial Christmas trees can also be fire hazards. Most holiday tree fires are caused by “electrical distribution or lighting within the tree”. Many others were due to placement near a heat source, such as a candle or space heater.

 

That’s why it’s extremely important to choose the right location and decorations for your Christmas tree. It should be placed in an open area with at least three feet of space around it, away from lights, appliances, or electrical equipment.

 

Be sure to select fire-safe Christmas tree lights and use surge protectors appropriately. Common sense measures are important also. Decorating a tree with real lit candles, for example, is a bad idea.

 

You can and should look for fire resistant artificial Christmas trees. Not all brands or styles come in this option, but it should be a priority to consider when shopping. Here at TreeScapes & PlantWorks we are vigilant about potential fire hazards. The majority of our trees are made with our UltraLeaf-IFR®, (Inherently Fire Retarding) artificial foliage.

 

We do make artificial pine, scotch, and fir trees, but we don’t specifically create Christmas trees. So, you shouldn’t expect to find our proprietary foliage on artificial holiday trees.

 

Look for words like “fire resistant”, “fire retardant”, and “fire safe” when shopping. Keep in mind, though, that these can all still be flammable. The risk is just reduced.

 

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a product safety testing organization, initiated new standards for Christmas trees in 2010. Now, you can look for the UL mark on the tree box and product description. This indicates that the tree is certified by UL for fire and electrical hazards. You can also find Christmas lights that have passed their tests and have the UL mark on their packaging.  

 

No matter what you prefer, real or artificial trees and plants, there are safety concerns to keep in mind. Ultimately, though, there are options so that everyone can enjoy their favorite greenery, and keep the whole family safe. 

 

TreeScapes & PlantWorks are commited to helping the environment, one tree at a time. That’s why we will donate to have at least one tree planted for every fabricated, replica, or preserved tree we sell!

 

We’ve partnered with the charitable organization One Tree Planted to do our part for the planet. Visit their website to see how you can help with their reforestation efforts too.

Real vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

In this article series we’ve discussed the environmental drawbacks of city trees, artificial trees and water conservation efforts, and regulated plants and trees. There’s another area where the real versus artificial debate comes up a lot – Christmas trees.

 

The logical assumption is that cutting down a live tree has to be better for the environment than purchasing an artificial Christmas tree. This is largely true, but there are some surprising factors that can change the expected outcome.

 

The most environmentally friendly options are living trees that are harvested from tree farms and replanted after the holidays. This method still uses many resources and can have a negative environmental impact, though.

 

We don’t usually consider the gas we use to drive to and from a Christmas tree farm, or what is required to grow and sustain the trees, or the bundling/packaging materials utilized in transporting the tree. These things, however, all contribute to the overall eco footprint of a live Christmas tree.

 

The next best choice is a live tree – from a farm – that is disposed of in an ecologically responsible way. Most cities offer tree recycling programs, which grind down trees into wood chips that can be used for mulch, insulation, and soil erosion barriers. Trees can also be placed in backyards and private ponds to return nutrients to the earth and provide habitats and feeding areas for wildlife. DIY types can even use their Christmas tree trunk and foliage for making furniture, crafts, and decor!

 

Burning trees, or disposing of them in landfills, is not recommended. Burning a tree returns its carbon content to the air as carbon dioxide. When added to landfills, trees decompose and return to the environment as methane. Both of these end results can completely negate any ecological benefits from utilizing real trees versus fake ones.

 

There are even situations where artificial trees are the more environmentally friendly choice. It all comes down to the lifespan of the tree.

 

In 2018, the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) did a comprehensive study titled “Life Cycle Assessment: Comparative LCA of the Environmental Impacts of Real Christmas and Artificial Christmas Trees”. They found that 4.7 years is the crucial timeframe:

 

“Given the quantification of environmental impacts across both of the trees’ life cycles, a comparative assertion shows the breakeven point between the two trees is 4.7 years.

 

That is to say an artificial tree purchased and used for at least 4.7 years demonstrates a lower contribution to environmental impact than 4.7 real Christmas trees purchased over 4.7 years.

 

This assertion considers all end of life scenarios for the real Christmas tree, and assumes that a customer of an artificial tree would purchase the tree and keep it for 5 or more years.

 

The breakeven point can change based on the environmental metrics and end-of-life scenarios, but considering the most conservative calculations, purchasing an artificial tree and keeping it for 4.7 years is less environmentally impactful than purchasing the equivalent amount of real Christmas trees.”

 

To summarize, here’s how the real vs. artificial Christmas tree options rank in terms of eco-friendliness:

 

  1. Live tree from Christmas tree farm, repotted and kept alive all year
  2. Artificial Christmas tree kept and used at least five years
  3. New tree from a Christmas tree farm every year, recycled or placed outdoors afterwards
  4. Wild tree cut from forest, recycled or placed outdoors afterwards
  5. New tree from a Christmas tree farm every year, disposed of in landfill or bonfire

 

Cutting down trees from forest areas is not recommended, due to extreme deforestation worldwide. It’s not a concern in many areas, but the Earth needs as many living planted trees as possible.

 

TreeScapes & PlantWorks are commited to helping the environment, one tree at a time. That’s why we will donate to have at least one tree planted for every fabricated, replica, or preserved tree we sell!

 

We’ve partnered with the charitable organization One Tree Planted to do our part for the planet. Visit their website to see how you can help with their reforestation efforts too.

Real vs. Artificial Trees in the City

When are artificial trees better than natural trees? The answer might surprise you! There’s no denying that living trees are an important resource in the fight against climate change.

 

New research, though, has found situations where fabricated trees and plants are better options than real live trees and plants.

 

Trees offer an incredible array of benefits, including shade, wildlife habitats, water regulation, air cooling, and visual appeal. Their most crucial feature may be their ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide emissions.

 

These emissions are driving global heating, which is a huge problem for all living things. That’s why we always have to consider the environment when debating the pros and cons of real trees versus fake trees.

 

Real vs. Artificial Trees in Urban Areas

 

Many cities have started tree planting initiatives to add more living greenery in urban areas. Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that these urban trees aren’t resulting in net gains for the environment.

 

“Street trees take many years to pay their way on carbon costs. Emissions associated with nursery production, planting, irrigation, pruning, removal and disposal are high. Street trees must survive for between 26 and 33 years to attain carbon neutrality.”

 

Urban Trees Grow Fast and Die Young – The Guardian

 

Urban environments are great for nurturing the quick growth of young trees. They usually offer more light, carbon dioxide, and longer growing seasons than rural environments. What the ecosystem really needs, though, are older, mature trees.

 

As the street trees grow, they encounter size-related risks such as limited root space, excessive pruning, and removal due to hazard risk and development.

 

“Through rapid growth rates, street trees have the ability to sequester carbon and potentially provide other ecosystem services, such as evaporative cooling, more efficiently than rural trees,” the researchers write.

 

Currently, these benefits are not fully realized due to the high mortality suffered by street trees.”

 

The study indicates that urban trees are rarely able to sustain life for the minimum 26 years needed to offset their carbon footprints. The ideal solution would be planting trees that are already older and sturdier, or adjusting environments to create safer living conditions.

 

This isn’t always an option, though. That’s particularly true for cities that are counting on trees as affordable ways to improve the health and property values of their surroundings.

 

One solution? Artificial trees!

 

They offer the same biophilic appeal, design/decor functions, and shade. They’re much more durable than living trees, though, and they don’t require any water. Planting live trees in rural and deforested areas and using artificial exterior trees in urban areas is a great way to be eco-friendly.

 

TreeScapes & PlantWorks are commited to helping the environment, one tree at a time. That’s why we will donate to have at least one tree planted for every fabricated, replica, or preserved tree we sell!

 

We’ve partnered with the charitable organization One Tree Planted to do our part for the planet. Visit their website to see how you can help with their reforestation efforts too.