Color Therapy: Michael's Traditional Foyer & Grand Staircase

Color Therapy: Michael's Traditional Foyer & Grand Staircase

Aaron Able
Aug 16, 2010

NAME: Michael
LOCATION: Princeton, New Jersey
PAINT USED: Farrow & Ball | Charleston Gray 243

I wanted to give this traditional foyer a fresh modern look and did so through the use of paint. I was inspired by strong patterns, daring colors, and bursts of metallic gold to celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a fresh and modern take on tradition. Guests are lured in by an array of curious objects displayed on a surprising center hall table. The grand articulated staircase is highlighted by striking draperies and modern lighting. The upstairs gallery proudly displays an exclusive collection of botanical art reflecting the natural sophistication of this courageous space.

A challenge was the low ceiling in the entrance area. To make it feel higher I decided to use a full gloss finish to add a sense of height. The extreme shine reflected the light and gave the illusion the ceiling was higher than it really was.

The color was also an unexpected choice but very intentional. I wanted this space to be warm and inviting and found that Charleston Gray by Farrow & Ball worked perfectly. I further enhanced the color by painting all the woodwork and detailing a bright white — it too was a full gloss finish.

Thanks Michael!

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