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Bold commercial colours

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Today on homify, for a little change, we are going to look at some bold examples of commercial design. Often times, bold patterns, colours and textures are left to the inside of residential dwellings, leaving the exterior to take on a more muted colour palette. This is generally because the outside acts as the skin, and as we enter a building, we are slowly peeling back the layers to reveal what's inside. But why not add the bold punches of colour and texture to the outside first? On the same wavelength, why are cafes, restaurants and spaces with a commercial function always a safe colour palette too? 

The examples we are about to show you demonstrate and answer the questions stated above. From the moment these commercial buildings and spaces come into view, they command your attention over everything else. From stadiums to rehabilitation centres, you will soon see how good design, in conjunction with a strong focus on colour, can make a design go from average to extraordinary. Take a look…

Sporting colours

Janie Airey has captured London's Olympic Park in a series of beautifully detailed and colourful photographs. Populous, the architecture firm behind the venture, has shown that large scale commercial architecture does not need to be only functional, but can also be extremely aesthetically pleasing. In this particular photograph, you can see how rows of regular plastic seating have been captured in such a way that they no longer look like a cascaded sports centre auditorium, but have become a visual feast for any visitor to a world renown sporting event. 


For architects and designers, the concept of staircases and transitional spaces has always evoked much interest. Since staircases, out of all functional elements in the home, have the most potential to be creative and unique, it seems only fitting that on such a large commercial scale the shape of this particular stairwell could be exemplified. Coming again from London's Olympic Park, this urban looking staircase looks like it belongs in an industrial European train station. By adding the bold red colour, this functional way-finding factor has taken on a completely new dimension. It is now a work of art, and the joy of this photograph.  


New Build, NHS Hospital - Emergency Department & Day Surgery Unit :   by Koubou Interiors
Koubou Interiors

New Build, NHS Hospital—Emergency Department & Day Surgery Unit

Koubou Interiors

This bold interior detail can be found inside a new hospital wing in the emergency and day surgery department. The concept was to bring elements of the outside world, inside. Nature is always considered an important factor when it comes to healing, so it is extremely fitting that the designers behind this project would want to bring that element inside. Resembling both leaves in a breeze, and waves on a calm day, this bold, yet calming element of commercial design is sure to please any visitors and clients alike. 

To make a house a home

'Our House' Disabled Childrens Centre:  Commercial Spaces by Koubou Interiors
Koubou Interiors

'Our House' Disabled Childrens Centre

Koubou Interiors

Aptly titled Our house, this beautiful project is for a disabled care centre for children in Berkshire. After a successful fundraising campaign, Koubou Interiors was enlisted to undertake the work inside this very special place. Obviously, when designing with children in mind, the designers need to ensure the space was warm, friendly and fun. But most of all, it needed to be safe and inviting. There are different zones and areas in which children can play and that they can call their own, as well as areas for parents to observe their activities. A wonderful and truly beautiful place to feel both nurtured and excited.

Design oriented

It comes as no surprise that the concept for Israel's first design museum would be the marvel and admiration of many of the design-oriented people around the world. Located in Holon, the designers have played with, and made the most of, a very functional and structurally sound material—steel! By creating bodacious curves, and by adding a bold colour palette of burnt oranges and reds, the exterior leaf of this museum has taken on a completely new dimension. In this case, you will be sure to see high quality design both inside and out. 

 Stadiums by BCMF



Mineirão Stadium is the second largest in the world, attracting millions of guests every year. Given that Brazil was chosen as host for the 2014 World Cup, the stadium needed to undergo a face lift, in order to ensure it had international appeal.  The stadium is built next to an area of modern architectural significance, as it is located in close proximity to the acclaimed works of Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx. Given this important factor, the design of this stadium needed to work alongside these two famous designers, in a display of excellent modern commercial architecture. What you can see pictured is only a small fraction of the work that was undergone. But, it is one of the most important. Good way-finding (the system that helps you find your way around large spaces), is essential in a structure with a capacity for over 62,000 people. By using bold colours, spectators and visitors can easily remember and find their way back to their designated seating areas. 

Do you like seeing bold colours in commercial design? Let us know your thoughts below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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