Keys to Positive First Impressions in Commercial Design

Do you want renters?

First impressions of a building and its amenities have a big impact on whether people decide to rent from you or not. People are attracted to buildings that not only look good, but feel good too. This is especially important when there’s a long-term decision involved, such as committing to a place to live by signing a lease. When lobbies, party rooms, and other common areas convey a feeling of warmth, people will naturally be attracted to them, and want to linger.

Lighting is key to first impressions because it enhances both the functionality and experience within a room.

In this Party Room at Como Park Apartments, several different types of lighting work to make the space feel bright and inviting. Before our redesign, it was dark and dated.

Recessed lighting floods the room with light, making it feel bright and open.
Pendant lights over the bar area add a pop of color and visual interest, while providing task lighting.
Wall sconces cast a warm glow, as well as pointing light upwards to lift the energy of the space.
Floor lamps placed strategically add function to certain areas, as well as adding to the ambiance of the room.
With thoughtful design, this commercial space is sure to leave a lasting impression.


Posted in Color, Commercial Design, Interior Design on June 23, 2017

How do you want the space to feel?

Positive first impressions of a building are based on feelings – when people enter they have an immediate reaction as to whether they want to linger or leave.
Color has the power to convey many different feelings, and can set the tone for whatever ambiance you want to create in your commercial space.

Color is key to first impressions because it can immediately evoke positive reaction.

Color can:
Be energizing
Feel fresh
Create warmth
Make people at ease
Initiate fun

In this Residents Lounge at West Calhoun Apartments, bright and fresh paint on the walls, accented with colorful acrylic and canvas artwork contrast with dark exposed beams and reclaimed wood for an edgy, fun look. Warm brown stained concrete floors ground the space.

More Color Tips
For a soothing, nurturing space
Paint the walls a soft beige, taupe or subtle green
For a bold or energetic atmosphere
Use mustards, deep reds and burnt oranges
To balance a space
Accent with cooler colors such as deep blue or sky blue
BEST TIP: Experiment with a few colors before ordering enough for the space. It can be tricky to coordinate, especially the more bold you go, so reach out for a Color Consultation if you need expert help.Posted in Commercial DesignInterior DesignLighting on May 16, 2017

Artwork: the SOUL of a space

Artwork has a powerful effect on people. It adds personality, vibrancy – it breathes life into a space. Nature-inspired artwork evokes a positive mood can make people feel relaxed.

Must-have areas for Artwork
Party Rooms
Office Areas
Select artwork that coordinates with the color and design scheme of your commercial property. Often, it’s the element that pulls the whole look together, making it attractive and polished. “It’s icing on the cake!” says Interior Designer Julie Ann Segal.

Where to find Artwork?
Interior Designers can be your go-to source for commercial artwork. Besides carrying lines with different styles and price points, at Metro Interiors we’re able to work carefully with you on coordinating colors, sizing and installation.

What if you’re on a Budget?
No need to let the cost of original art scare you away from buying (although some artists’ original works are affordable). Consider decorative art, prints, even posters in quality frames will work.

No need to go looking yourself though – we’ve sourced everything from poster prints, to giclees, to original art, to sculptural art – all in a variety of price points, making it easy for clients to get art in their spaces. We also have resources for custom framing.

Fun Tip!
Did you know? Artwork can be printed on varying mediums – not just canvas or paper! New technology now makes it possible to print on metal, acrylic, bamboo, or other unique materials for something different to add interest to a space.

Make a statement with art, and set your apartment or condo building apart.

Posted in Art, Commercial Design, Interior Design on September 15, 2017