Commercial Painting in Toronto: To Blend In Or To Stand Out?
Commercial painting has some difficult challenges that are a bit different than residential painting. It can be used to highlight brand colours or identity, and it can be designed to be a backdrop for other things. Sometimes clients will want the colour to blend in, and sometimes they want it to be a bold focus, and clients may be looking for you to offer some advice. Here are some examples of work done by commercial painters in Toronto, highlighting the different purposes of commercial paint work.
Blending in: The Aga Khan Museum
Museums have a lot to take into consideration when painting a gallery space. The focus should be on the artwork or artifacts that are on display, and when the Aga Khan Museum opened in 2014 it was clear that the walls were designed to highlight the impressive collection of ceramics, metalworks, and works of art. Clean white walls also help to make the gallery spaces in Toronto feel even bigger!
Standing Out: WE Global Learning Centre
Blue can be seen everywhere on the new office building of WE Charity. The building opened in 2017, and uses a combination of exposed brick and the non-profit’s signature bright blue. When this colour isn’t on the wall, it can be found in accents on furniture, making the space feel cohesive. Blue is also a great colour for maintaining mental focus, helping staff members stay focused on making the world a better place.
Blending in: Reactivation Care Centre
The newly re-opened Humber River Hospital’s Finch Site, now called Reactivation Care Centre, was designed to make patients feel at ease. Muted colours in lighter shades help make the hallways feel wider, and the pale blue is ideal for creating a calming environment in patient rooms. Painting in hospital spaces requires special consideration to ensure that the environment is safe for patients once they arrive.
Standing Out: Purple Penguin Cafe
You can’t miss the Purple Penguin Café walking down Toronto’s Queen Street. The purple and green exterior stands out among a number of small businesses in Leslieville. The bright exterior is contrasted by a warm interior that is more subtle, but the exterior brings everyone in the door. Once they arrive, the apple fritters keep them there.
Blending in: Twitter
Twitter sounds like the kind of place that would look like their online presence, bright and colourful. But their office in Toronto is full of warm woods, neutral wall colours, and minimalist furniture. The blue that you usually see on their logo is limited to a few small touches in the office, such as rugs or throw pillows. The comfortable, open concept space is designed to let the walls fade into the background and keep the work as the top priority.
Standing Out: Treasure Island Toys
Treasure Island Toys features not only a bright storefront, but a playful colourful interior. This toy store boasts a purple ceiling and yellow walls. The blue carpet with red polka dots helps to enhance the playful feeling of the space, and bright lighting helps the bright paint stand out around and draw attention to the wide variety of toys!
Commercial painters in Toronto have been creating spaces where the colour of walls and exteriors are either designed to be the focus, or a subtle backdrop. If you’re excited about painting projects that range from museum galleries to offices to storefronts, and everything in between, contact IUPAT to learn more about a career as a commercial painter.