Restaurant Development & Design

SEP-OCT 2018

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Surface O n t h e What trends are you seeing in restaurant wall coverings or ceilings? Krystle Gentry: We're seeing a surge of interest in rich metallics like chrome and copper, as well as lighter woodgrains with a carved-wood look. Restaurants are combining these finishes with unique textures to set themselves apart while giving the warmth of nostalgia. Designers no longer feel limited to plain ceilings, either. They're rediscovering this "fifth wall" as a surface with tremen- dous design potential. Designers now have many more options — even custom options are much more accessible than before. How can walls and ceilings affect the overall mood or look of a restaurant? KG: The classic advice on wall and ceiling colors remains relevant — lighter colors open rooms up, while darker tones make rooms look more intimate. However, restaurants are no longer limited to color alone. Texture adds interest and drama to otherwise-neglected surfaces, and even sound-absorbing ceiling tiles can enhance the dining experience. These are experiential details that diners appreciate. What benefits do MirroFlex wall panels and ceiling tiles offer to restaurants? KG: MirroFlex offers three-dimensional wall panels in 4x8 and 4x10 sizes at a much better price point than other textured products on the market. There are thousands of pattern and finish combinations to choose from — perfect for any modern or traditional design. MirroFlex Ceiling Tiles offer great alternatives to tin and acoustic ceilings, available in 2x2 and 2x4 sizes. MirroFlex has many features beneficial to restaurant environments, including easy installation, impact and scratch resistance, Class A Fire rating, and easy-to-clean surfaces. A Q&A with Krystle Gentry, ATI Marketing Director Adding Texture and Drama to Walls and Ceilings S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T

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