To dive further into the topic of picking out artwork, this week I’m going to share with you a project proposal that I prepared for a small restaurant. Though it’s a commercial space instead of a home, the same principles apply. The restaurant’s interior space is narrow and small, with low ceilings and little natural light. It’s currently painted a warm, textured orange-yellow and decorated with a variety of artworks the owner has collected. He clearly defined the scope of the project: fresh paint and some new artwork and accesories.
As they only open for breakfast and lunch, I recommended that it be painted predominately in lighter colors to bring in more reflected light and create a more spacious feeling. Walls and ceilings will be the same off-white color to unify the many corners. A chocolate-colored accent-wall at the end of the long, narrow space will make it optically shorter and more inviting. To create a sense of freshness and cheer, other accents such as tablecloths will be lime-green, which contrasts nicely with the chocolate-colored accent wall.
The owner asked me for a proposal of an artwork for the wall shown. Since the restaurant is named “Triptic”, I recommended something in triptych format to subtly convey the concept in the interior of the restaurant. My first idea was to do a trio of blurry photographs related to jazz music, as that was one of the inspirations for the name of the restaurant.
Once I saw this series of photographs in the mock-up I created of the room with the new color scheme, I didn’t find it quite convincing. Why? I think the colors are too subdued and the images don’t help to create the sensation of more space that we’re looking for. So I started at square one again, thinking of new ideas. Since the restaurant is proud of the carefully seleccted choice of wines it offers, I came up with two concepts related to that. Both more clearly communicate as a triptych. Since this wine cellar image has a receding passageway, it creates a sense of depth.
And this one with a triptych image of a vineyard, in addition to creating sense of space, simulates a set of windows in an interior space without windows. Plus, the green leaves already start bringing contrast color into the room before even changing the tablecloths. This one is my favorite. What do you think?