Painting The Bar

September 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I love paint and the versatility it brings to design, besides the obvious, it can act as a mood setter, be the grounding of a room, create volume or make a space feel cozy.  My first approach to paint is how it can move your eye around a room and take you from one end to another as you walk throughout an entire space – so when selecting the pigments I’m making sure to stay true to that journey, forming connections as people move in, out and around the interior and exterior. When you stand in any particular spot in a room, be it your home or a public space, you usually don’t just see the immediate walls around you.  You see trim to doorways, ceilings and partial walls to other rooms.  That is all taken into consideration when creating the flow of the color palette.

For Morgan’s On Main I built the color palette by first selecting the flooring, due to it being the largest continued surface besides the brick walls.  The floor also had to play a part in toning down the very orangey hue of the brick and ground the long narrow room that is reminiscent of a bowling alley when empty.  The key to this was finding flooring whose undertones would be drawn out by the brick color, thus blending well together.

 

The next main element being brought into the space was the reclaimed wood, again the tones of that wood had to merge well with the other two surfaces.   These three elements are what lead me to the paint selection – a combination of dark and light tones that would bring out certain highlights and low values of the woods.

 

There are four paint colors being used in The Bar, at first you’ll see a neutral range but with a closer look you’ll see cool and warm tones playing off each other to connect all the surfaces, producing a very inviting color way. 

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