After just three days of demo, what was originally this:
then finally this:
I knew this building had potential, but seeing the space unfold is really fun. While we've learned that the original terrazzo floor isn't salvageable, we have found the original 1948 Post Office wall tile to still be in tact and in remarkably good shape. It's nicely neutral with a tinge of mustard and pale olive, and it has me thinking about paint color now.
While I was originally thinking that a medium gray/brown paint above the tile would compliment the tile and grout, I'm starting to realize that while it would be nice in a home or office, it may not be appropriate for a yarn store. When I buy yarn, I find too much decor and a vivid color scheme to be distracting. While I do like a splash of color, I find that most decor competes with the skeins. For example, robins egg blue could be appropriate for my living room walls, but not a yarn store wall, as it could change the color of the light in the room and make it hard to discern what the color of a skein actually is. And paired with exclusively fluorescent lighting (which I'm staying away from for this space) finding the right color could be a nightmare. Consider a tomato red- in one light, it could have an orange tint, but in another it could seem more scarlet.
So, I know what I'm not going to do- utilize harsh fluorescent lighting and bold color on the walls. This space has quite a lot of natural light (these pictures were all taken with no artificial lighting or a flash), and I'm now gravitating to cream walls with white trim to enhance the light, instead of absorb it. What are your thoughts? Do you like to see bold decor in a yarn shop? Or do you want the fiber to do the talking? What color schemes (or lack thereof) or display ideas seemed smart?