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The graphic is called a “Colorgraphical” and you can find it on her website at Swatch Right. Lori developed the Swatch Right system to enable easier paint sample testing.
Lori’s a well-known and respected color strategist who uses colorimetry (see Wikipedia definition) to specify architectural color for the built environment.
She’s also the brains and expert behind “Camp Chroma“. Camp Chroma is a color course for those who use color in their profession or business, and it’s also for anyone who wants to learn about how color works, and the science and history behind it.
Okay back to Maritime Blue. The name is seaworthy, don’t you think? I think the name is, because of the word “maritime”. However, this blue doesn’t remind me necessarily of the sea or an ocean because it’s too dark, (personal opinion here).
It does remind me of a lake. A smooth, tranquil lake up in the mountains surrounded by pine trees. Barely noticeable ripples on the surface from the fish swimming below, or the dragonflies dipping in for a swift drink of the cool water. Ahhh yes, that’s it. But I’m drifting off to dream here. I think you can see my vision.
No matter what you picture when you gaze upon this color, remember that you can play with it in your space, whether it be your bedroom, a den, or even your workspace.
Go bold and paint the whole room, or be demure and use subtle hints of this blue in your accent decor.
If you’re from California or have ever lived here, you’ll be very familiar with this style of home. I simply call it Spanish style. Although, the more correct terms of Spanish Colonial and Spanish Revival are more descriptive.
Being a native Californian, Southern California no less, I grew up seeing these types of buildings, and they’re one of my favorites.
The link below is to a pin from Hadley Court; an interior design blog by Leslie Hendrix Wood. The pin links to her article about California style homes encompassing the Spanish style.
Just because a space is “commercial”, doesn’t mean that it has to be cold and sterile.
Take a look at this conference room. The color palette is blue and brown. Brown is a warm color and it signifies stability, warmth, coziness, and the earth. Natural materials bring the outdoors into a space. We all know that nature is a natural “feel good” element for our minds so this is great.
Blue is a soothing and calming color. Here the blue patterned wallpaper gives you something to look at while you’re sitting in that long boring meeting; it’s interesting yet not too distracting. We don’t want you falling asleep on the job do we? Absolutely not.
Notice the chairs; they’re upholstered, which means your butt and thighs won’t stick to them when you stand up, ladies? Am I right?
They’re comfortable enough to sit in for an extended period of time, yet the straight backs and no armrests force you to keep yourself at the table. No headbanging happening here, thank you very much.
The space is inviting, relaxing and unintimidating, and the goal of a conference room, in my opinion, is to gather your employees together so as to facilitate streamlined communication, share ideas and problem solve.
Although it wasn’t specifically addressed in this space, a good business practice to follow when designing or having your commercial space designed is to make sure it’s accessible to everyone. This means handicapped or disabled people.
And don’t forget about your audio/ viual materials. Ensure any printed materials are clear, legible and provide large print formats of documents when possible.
Follow ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards for width of hallways, height of counters and tables, etc. Here’s the link for reference: