Intracoastal Interiors was approached by Glenn Real Estate Group to furnish and redesign two existing lobbies in the Station Place building in Wilmington, NC. Upon my initial visit to the space, I left feeling that the building had a lot of potential but was too dark and in need of an updated color palette and fixtures. The lobbies featured handsome marble tiled floors and wood paneling, but the similarly toned paint color on the walls and ceilings didn’t allow for enough contrast to let these features shine. Additionally, the lighting fixtures were very heavy and formal, and didn’t put out enough light to sufficiently illuminate the space.
I chose two shades of off-white paint, Benjamin Moore Sea Pearl and Elmira White, to brighten up the walls and ceilings above the line of the paneling and to paint over a dated faux finish within the raised ceiling detail. A windowless stairwell connecting the two lobbies was also repainted, and freshened with new commercial carpeting from Shaw.
New light fixtures were specified with an emphasis on scale and brightness. I wanted to fill these spaces with as much light as I could to help visitors feel welcome and employees entering their office building everyday feel energized. I chose exposed bulb fixtures in brushed and polished nickel finishes for a contemporary yet classic look that would give off plenty of light while adding interest and gravity to what before felt like cavernous open ceilings.
When it came time to search for furnishings, my focus was on selecting quality, durable pieces that were also stylish and sophisticated. I used lots of leather and mixed metals to embrace the more masculine elements of the existing lobby finishes, and employed the repetition of geometric shapes and clean lines to ground the space and give it a cohesive, sleek appeal.
This transformation was completed with the addition of a commissioned oil painting by local artist Rachel Kastner, which depicts the beauty of our coastal environment in a serene, abstracted marsh landscape. This work of art brought in the color that was lacking in the first floor lobby and added a natural and bespoke element to the space that I like to bring to all of my work.
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