Are you interested in bayou themed decor for your child-friendly business? The swampy marshlands of Louisiana and the subtropical Everglades of Florida are inspiring landscapes indeed! From crawfish to alligators and cypress trees to cattails, the bayou is mysterious and whimsical with an exciting cast of characters and scenery – so it’s no surprise it’s been one of our most popular themes over the years!
Let’s review some highlights from these amazing offices. The swamp never looked so good!
Bring the Bayou Inside
Reception Desks That Welcome Your Clients to the Bayou
Reception desks are one of our more popular items to theme – it’s your guests’ first contact with your business once they are inside the doors, so it better stand out and set the mood for their visit.
The bayou offers many different landscapes – floating along a creek, diving below the water’s surface, or partying in the tree tops.
Why not pay homage to the brass bands and musical roots of the area. Bust out your tuba, trombone, trumpets, and bass drum. From jazz to blues to marching bands, spread some musical culture to the children visiting your space.
Drifting on the bayou being serenaded by sweet banjo music sounds like a wonderful way to spend the evening.
Historical sights like the tricorn hat and sailing ships make for a rich backdrop in this bayou themed office.
There’s plenty to see on the riverside – cattails, pelicans, and babbling brooks.
This whole office is submerged below the water. Did you know that while they are more famously found in the everglades of Florida, manatees do migrate all the way to the waterways of Louisiana? These round and friendly creatures are a great addition to any river themed office.
Twilight is a magical time on the bayou. Sunsets and fireflies create a calming atmosphere. In the desk below, the jar in the hands of the otters contains twinkling lights to mimic these twinkling bug butts.
Bayou Seating to Add Style to Your Waiting Room
Log benches big enough to fit the whole family, along with child-sized mossy stools make for some cozy seating. Our medical grade vinyl is very durable and able to stand up to the excitement of the children who will be using them.
Seating is also a great place to add a photo op for your guests to pose with…
Friendly Photo Ops Featuring Some Familiar Creatures
The wetlands of Louisiana have more adorable animals than you may have realized! And those critters make for charming photo op characters. Add in a logo or a sign for kids to hold while you pose, and you have a winning combination.
Children can sit beside a sweet mother fox and her baby while they wait for their appointment along with you. Situated in a medical clinic’s waiting room, the little fox has a broken leg. This helps children visiting for their own bumps and bruises feel more comfortable as they connect with the space.
Now, photo op characters don’t have to be sitting at all. Stand-alone characters can provide a different level of interaction as children ham it up for the camera.
WANT TO ADD BAYOU
THEMING TO YOUR SPACE?
Murals Featuring Bayou Landscapes and Critters
When paired with a vibrant mural wall, fun characters and standout seating immerses guests further into the wetlands. The scenes can tell stories and add richness to your decor.
Silhouette murals add an atmospheric look to the marshy landscape. Fireflies glow against the cypress trees and Spanish moss in this purple landscape mural.
This darkened playroom with a floor-projected game system benefits from the moody twilight murals.
Treatment rooms and open bays are perfect places for murals. Space is limited for 3D sculptures, so 2D decor really makes the spaces pop.
Long murals really show off the expansive landscape filled with creeks and shacks.
Smaller murals can pack a lot of punch as well. A main character surrounded by a bayou landscape transforms a room.
Turn a regular door into something special. This cheeky outhouse mural is sure to get some laughs.
Murals are for more than just decor! I Spy murals include picture find games that can keep guests, young and old, occupied with a fun activity. Little hidden items are dispersed throughout the scene. A list tells guests exactly what to look for.
Window murals are a great way to bring the theming outside. The decals placed on windows are double-sided so viewers get a peek at the scene whether they are inside for a treatment or just passing by the building. They can even be used to create some privacy.
Now if you don’t have windows, don’t fret. Faux windows let the landscape look into your office with funny vignettes of animals and activities. The wood frames can match your existing decor or window molding for extra detail.
There’s Plenty of Games and Activities in the Marshlands
From play boards to tablet games to slides, the bayou has fun activities for all ages.
As we mentioned previously, I Spy games hidden in wall murals are a great way to pass the time. Who doesn’t love going through a Where’s Waldo book? This is just like that, but for your walls. You can even add in items related to your industry, such as toothbrushes, band aids, library books, or art supplies.
A favorite is the tree play structure with a slide. Physical activity is a great way to occupy kids while they wait.
Private playrooms in a waiting area are a great way to create a space for kids to hang out, while adults get their own space to relax. Video games and wall-mounted playboards will keep their brains engaged and free of appointment anxiety.
Speaking of video games, there’s so many options. Gaming tablets can be built into 3D game towers, 3D wall decor, or hung directly on the wall.
Theater spaces are another great distraction tool. Add some seating and a TV to keep young ones occupied watching the latest movie. Like this drive-in theater, or should we say paddle-in theater…
Signs and Wayfinding
Wayfinding is spatial problem-solving – the problem is helping your guest find their way around your facility. Welcome signs, bathroom signs, and directional sign will help everyone navigate your space.
Don’t Forget Your Ceilings!
Ceilings are often neglected, other than a fancy light fixture, but they are prime real estate for something magical.
In this example, alligators and waterfowl float along the waterways of the bayou? Ceiling decor is a great use of space, especially in dental offices, where patients will spend a lot of time looking up at the ceiling.
Brushing Mirrors Shaped like Charming Bayou Characters
It’s not all fun and games in the bayou – brushing mirrors help with an important task that must be learned by young patients visiting the dentist!
One of our most tongue-in-cheek creations is the hillbilly mirror frame. This gap-tooth character is sure to get some chuckles.
Alligators are a classic critter from the swampy rivers of the South. And their teeth could certainly use a brush!
External Bayou Office Decor
Landmark Characters are a Billboard for Your Location
Advertise your building in a spectacular way using big characters to draw the eye. We call these types of characters ‘Landmarks’ because they become directional landmarks for people in the towns and cities in which they are installed.
This fun design is literally exploding out of the wall with a turtle, frog, and alligator. It has become a landmark for the locals in this city.
When I go around town and you say “Hi, I’m Bill Martin, the Orthodontist at Martin Kids” the first thing they say is “Oh my gosh, that’s the alligator that comes out of the building.” We’ve since had people stopping by and taking pictures, it’s great. In fact, they’ve said that anything out in this area they will tell their friends where it is in relation to the alligator coming out of the wall.– Dr. Bill Martin
We love an external photo op, and these grinning gators and friendly manatees are a great way to greet your patients! This 2-story statue grabs attention from the nearby road.
Exterior Murals for Your Windows
Window advertising is a classic way of drawing the eye, but these cute scenes will draw in families walking past in a whole new way. Exterior window decals transform a plain, boring window into a fantastical landscape. These double-sided murals look great on the inside and the outside. Spark curiosity about what’s inside your building.
Ready to float down the bayou? Our Creative Consultants are excited to amaze you with some options for your space!
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