6 Ways We Added Color to a Space Without Painting the Walls

Color can be included in any design, even those with a neutral palette. Check out 6 ways we used color in some of our recent designs without painting a wall.

1. A burst of orange brings life to this seating area

A burst of orange. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

A burst of orange. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

We used exotic millwork to set the tone for the reception area that we designed for a private investment firm. However, to bring a touch of modernity to the space, we added this orange Knoll “Bertoia Diamond” chair. The color and shape completely transform the space and draw the eye directly to the corner seating area.

2. Lime green lighting adds a fun element to this industrial style cafeteria

Lime green industrial lights add color to the Nvidia cafeteria. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Lime green industrial lights add color to the NVIDIA cafeteria. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Lime green industrial pendant light fixtures complete the kitchen area of our cafeteria designed for the technology company Nvidia. The bold color allowed us to lower the perceived height of the space and draw out the additional green accents seen in the kitchen back-splash and striated vinyl floor. It also reinforced the company’s color, demonstrating a simple way to brand a communal space.

3. This purple reception desks pops in an otherwise neutral corridor

Purple reception desk for Verivo. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Purple reception desk for Verivo. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Reception desks don’t have to be boring. Take for example this one we designed for the Verivo Software office lobby. The pop of purple draws visitors towards the desk even from far down the bending corridor. It also mimics the purple in Verivo’s logo, and reflects their sleek yet innovative trade.

4. A strip of red carpeting gives weight to this light conference room

T3 Advisors conference table

Red carpet ground this conference room. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

We love how light and airy this conference room for T3 Advisors is. However, to give weight to the space we chose to add a strip of red carpet underneath the conference table. Not only is the red the same shade as their corporate logo, but it also picks up the red accent lines in the flanking striated carpet adding a sense of dynamism to the aesthetic.

5. Magenta livens up these work stations

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Magenta work stations. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Magenta file cabinet tops further enhance the aesthetic quality of this work environment that we designed for property investment company DTZ. Bringing warm color into areas like this can help brighten the mood of any employee. It also adds depth by drawing the eye forward and through the transparent internal windows at the end of the space.

6. Orange glass both separates and brightens up this space

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Orange glass partition. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Orange glass panels helped us separate a seating area from an employee lounge in the office we designed for civic leader recruitment firm Isaacson Miller. Colored glass is a smart way to bring color to partitions while still maintaining transparency. These would be a great addition in any open plan office.

Written by Isobelle Hemmers
Edited by Daniela Maher, Associate at Visnick & Caulfield, Leed ,NCIDQ Certificate 28090
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