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Update Your Facility on a Budget

By: Heidi Lamar
Posted: September 3, 2013, from the September 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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I discovered a wall covering at my favorite theater and bribed one of the employees to find out where it came from. After seeing Nichols’ renderings, I knew the Zambezi pattern, which was kind of a blue embossed “urban alligator,” would be perfect on the wall behind the front desk. This gotta-have-it splurge, made by Koroseal (, is a durable vinyl product that we loved so much, we used it in the atrium and bathing wing, as well. Repeating similar elements throughout the spa created maximum impact with minimal cost.

Installing the wall covering correctly was the key to getting a professional look. Koroseal recommended a local installer, Diversified Wall Coverings, that was amazing. They came in at 6 am and hung the product before the spa opened to avoid any downtime. The charge of $160 was definitely a good investment. (See Reception Desk: Before and After.)


The reception desk was wrapped with a gorgeous Formica ( laminate from its DecoMetal collection. This is not your grandma’s Formica. The real-metal foil is laminated to a flexible backing creating a luminous surface that softly glows. The area that needed to be covered was relatively small, so only three sheets were needed. This industrial chic finish completely updated the look of the reception desk. It also gave new life to the old granite so we didn’t have to replace the countertops. DecoMetal is Indoor Air Quality Certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute, saying it was “safe enough for children and schools,” making it a perfect choice for a spa.