How Vibrant Colors On Architecture Make Businesses Stand Out

vivid color on architecture

You’re driving down the road on an overcast day. Everything is gray and bleak. The road is dark. The sidewalks are plain and simple. The only vivid color you see for blocks is a red stop sign because all the houses are dun, pale yellow, boring shades of blue and white. Even the cars aren’t vivid, until you see that one bright yellow car that seems to catch your eye. Then you pass a house that’s painted bright purple and you notice it more than the others.

Soon you’ll be out of the suburbs. You don’t think much of it but there’s not much to look at. You’re just paying attention to the road when–bam!–you notice that a once quaint and simple coffee shop on the corner has a new mural painted on it in stunning blues, pinks and reds. You slow down to study the mural, then notice a sign that says “Free cookie with purchase of coffee.”

Hmmm, you wonder, and your stomach does the same. It’s fairly early in the morning, about the time you usually get a coffee anyways, and so finding a parking space is easy. But then you remember you have a coupon for a free coffee at McDonald’s because you go there everyday punching out your “buy 10 get one free” card.

Before you decide to drive away from the little coffee shop, you catch a glimpse of the owner working at the till. He’s an old man, looks nice. Then you read a sign that says “Locally owned and operated.” Hmmm, your stomach rumbles again. “I want that free cookie!”

Three minutes later the cookie is in your stomach and you’re pulling out of the parking spot. Now you ask yourself would you have slowed down to read those signs on the business if that new mural hadn’t been painted there. You try to remember what the mural looked like, still not knowing what it was–some strange abstract design the old man could’ve done himself.

But you’ve been meaning to support more small local businesses after watching a meaningful Ted Talk the other week, and so you decide to go there again. A week later, after going there for your coffee five times, you notice the mural has changed, and the shop is now busier than you remember it being. A year passes by. Now the shop has been renovated and it has a big bright sign on the front that could compete with any McDonald’s. Three more years pass by, and the McDonald’s you used to go to closes down. This quaint old man who loves his murals buys the vacant property, and starts a new franchise…

This is the power of vivid colors on architecture. Use it well, my friends!

Why Medieval Architecture Should Make a Comeback

why medieval architecture should make a comeback

Many of you probably don’t care much about medieval palaces and castles, let alone daub-and-wattle cottages, but for us who do we often agree it would be cool to see medieval architecture return to urban areas. After all, it’s the reason why Disney Land is so cool. You get to see a palace the way it looks brand new without the corrosion of time to make it look like a ruin. There are some Renaissance castles that look relatively new compared to Dark Age ruins, and there’re teams in France working to replicate medieval castles, but this post will be about how awesome it would be to have brand new medieval castle-like buildings in cities across North America and other such places.

There are a few cool buildings along the Vegas Strip that look medieval, but it’s only a facade. I would love nothing more than to enter a building to find vaulted ceilings, medieval tapestries, hanging chandeliers and long tables with thrones and waiting servitors. Surely this is a bit much, and would be very expensive, but imagine what it could to for your small business. Having a coffee shop like every other coffee shop is accepted, but to blow people’s minds and attract tourists, a medieval-themed coffee shop would do the trick!

Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle? Surely people who don’t have the time to stoke their own fires nor the patience to wipe their arses with hay in the garderobe. But if you joined modern convenience with medieval appeal, life in a castle in the 21st-century could be amazing.

And let’s forget about the innards and guts of a building for a moment, and just talk about the kind of medieval facades you see in on the Vegas Strip. Things like crenelations and spires could make a bank stand out, could make a museum seem more historic and even make a child point in awe and say, “Look, mama, a castle!”

Isn’t that cool?

I for one, despite how crazy my business partners might think I am, would like to design my own mansion with medieval defenses on it. Not because I want to pour boiling sand on the mailman, but because I simply love history and would love to sip coffee and read on a castle turret.

Medieval architecture should make a comeback because learning more about our history as a species is important, and not everything has to be European. Muslim architecture during the Middle Ages is just as cool to me as say Scottish architecture, and to have palatial malls with mosque-like structures would attract people from all over the world, adding to the value of each business inside that mall. And this is not even mentioning how boring modern architecture can look sometimes. I don’t want to complain, but it seems architects today have a problem with creating original thought and so they stick to simplicity to avoid difficulties.

If architects can’t get creative, then why not source value from our medieval predecessors and throw some turrets, bastions and brattices on those walls? Hey, it would look pretty awesome! Do you agree? Feel free to leave your comments below!