#34 - Cyril & Gino's Stripes of Movement

#34 - Cyril & Gino's Stripes of Movement

Janel Laban
Oct 21, 2006

Name: Cyril & Gino
Location: Chicago
Type: One bedroom condo

Why we use color: Color is an amazing way to add movement and dimension, especially in small or unusually shaped spaces. Our condo is spacious and open, except for the first thing a guest sees when they walk in. The hallway is very narrow and cramped. We enlarged a portion of a photo we took of a church in Italy that Keith Haring painted. Then, we took all of the colors from this print and striped the opposing hallway wall with random selections of these colors.

Inspired by Keith Haring and his bold use of colors, and combining it with Marimekko's and David Gray's use of precision yet random stripes, we were able to achieve movement and space that opened up our hallway. We found the use of color in this way welcomed guests into our home and set the stage for what they would experience after turning the corner...

2 good color tips:

1. Patience- placing small stripe samples all over the wall and changing them over several days helped achieve a desirable outcome with no regrets or uncertainty.

2. Planning- same as above. Letting things "absorb" over time gave us confidence in such a bold and daring project.

2 good color resources:

1. Gordons Ace Hardware in the "GoldCoast" area of Chicago is staffed with experts who care. They took lots of time and gave excellent advice!

2. Magazines- we scoured for weeks ripping out pages of magazines whenever we saw interesting and unique applications of color.

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