Art In Design – Part 2 – Commercial Spaces
What’s worse; waiting in the waiting room for that dreaded root canal, or the art on the walls? I’m actually very lucky in that my holistic dentist is also a wood carver, so he has a case of beautiful, custom wood carvings for sale to ooh and ahh over while I’m waiting. But that is definitely not the norm. Usually, you can find a wall filled with grandma-esque floral wallpaper, or sad, dull decor that does nothing to ease your anxiety!
When working with commercial spaces, my panel of experts have a lot of guidance for you today.
Dori Broudy, an artist and photographer based in Philadelphia, has experience with working in commercial spaces. “A commercial space should be broken down according to the specific industry the business operates within. For example, a law or medical office will demand a different design approach (on the more conservative side) than would a retail store or hospitality business.
Additionally, when designing for a business, consider its customer base. Wall decor for a pediatrician’s office, for example, should differ somewhat from that of an internist for adults. Wall decor in an office setting should generally avoid being overly taste-specific or suggestive of a particular set of religious, cultural or political views. ‘Neutrality’ should not imply ‘boring’, however. Striking imagery through vibrant colors and compositions using unusual perspectives make for extremely interesting wall decor (and lively conversation).
Honoring a company’s mission, its logo colors, geographic location, and/or any charities to which it is committed with complimenting wall decor not only enhances the appearance of the space, but also provides another marketing opportunity for the company and potential conversation piece.”
Here are two of Dori’s examples: one in a pediatrician’s office:
And another, in an office who’s charity focuses on environmental protection:
Illustrator, Lara Georgine works with home owners and businesses to create custom patterns for fabric and prints. “One can create a whole theme based off of stories and brought to life through illustration. When designing a space in this way, you need to consider textures that play off the illustration, colors from the illustration and how to use them throughout the space. Pieces of the illustration can be pulled and create patterns for wall paper, fabrics for pillows, throws, sheets and/or curtains, and even carpets.”
Another way to create a one of a kind space is with sculpture. Mitch Mitton specializes in working with commercial restaurants for that unique piece of 3D art – featuring everything from custom mermaids to sculptures, a piece of sculpture is sure to add that special something. Can’t you just imagine this whimsical mermaid inside a seafood restaurant?
If you’re still needing a little help after all our tips and helpful advice these past 2 days, then feel free to reach out to a professional like Diane. Diane Williams is the president of IDAL-International Decorative Artisans League. “We are focused on educating the design community about decorative artists and how we work with designers and the benefits and originality a decorative painter brings to design projects.”
As I wrap up today’s post, remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg with what we’ve shared about using art. While this could easily be a whole series, I’ll end by saying, art is everywhere and loved by everyone, so choosing beautiful art and decor is a necessity if you are looking to create a space that expresses your unique personality.