Behind every small business, there is a story worth telling. Our company began in 2017, with the hopes of creating a place where everyone can participate in the joy of creating art in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Painting is what inspired our brand and it is meant to symbolize the beauty and influence we can spread in the world. We chose a few design aspects for our brand such as a butterfly logo, a cheerful and energetic color palette, and minimalist interior ideas but we needed some help! Studio Grey – a Minneapolis interior design, architecture, and branding company – helped us execute those ideas!
Amanda Maday, Owner and Design Director of Studio Grey, gave a walk-through tour of Azure Paint Studio and explained the inspiration behind every design choice.
“Oksana’s passion for this paint studio was to create a space where people could escape to. Even if you’re not the best painter, that didn’t matter to her. She wanted people to come in and feel like they could just hang out. So the important part of that was right when you walk in we wanted to create a lounge.”
The goal behind the furniture choices was to implement some color to make a comfortable and inviting environment. The entrance area also features some of Oksana’s favorite artwork, photos and books for guests to hang out before their class or have parents lounge while their kids are enjoying their painting session.
The next space is the focal point of the studio. As you come through the doors of Azure you see a beautiful dark blue wall that displays some of the art and paintings that guests, artists, and Oksana have created at Azure.
“The goal of this wall was to really make it stand out. Not just the art itself, but the wall. We wanted people to see that right when you walk in. Instead of doing a white wall like most people do to make sure that the art pops, we did a really dark one. It really gets to showcase what people do here and inspires the guests as they come through.”
Next to the art wall, Studio Grey included a stage for our artists to talk and instruct the painters during the session. The artists have to be able to speak to a large group of people so a stage was the perfect way for our artist to teach each step.
“We wanted a little feature against this back wall, something to just kind of draw your eye to it but make it subtle. We put a faux brick against this wall. It gives it some texture and a focal point and it really makes the teachers the focus of the day while they’re instructing everybody.”
The next space is another important feature of the studio…the bar! Our goal was to make the bar area very inviting so people could hang out before, after or during your session if you want to take a break. Azure offers wine, coffee, espresso, snacks, appetizers and more so that you can enjoy yourself while creating a masterpiece.
“The hexagon tile that we put on the back bar was one of the first things we actually showed them. We ended up settling on the white to make the wine and ceramics pop. The ceramics that they have for their coffee and espresso is a really bright blue. So it really makes these special moments using that color in smaller areas and letting those stand out as a focal point.”
Some other welcoming additions to the studio involved adding greenery.
“I feel like this is the Studio Grey mantra. If you don’t have green plants in your space, it’s not our space that we designed for you. You have to add greenery!”
Adding plants and greenery to your space adds so much warmth to an area. You can even use fake plants which is convenient if you don’t want to mess with them or water them.
The last piece that Studio Grey focused on was what guests do before they leave the studio. After they complete their painting, finish up their wine or coffee, they can come to the Instagram wall to take a picture to celebrate what they did at Azure Paint Studio. There are props to choose from or you can simply show off your finished work of art!
To watch the full Walk-through of Azure with Studio Grey video, click this link: https://www.facebook.com/Azurepaintstudio/videos/876485469408801/
If you need a break from your day and want to relax with some paint and wine, stop by Azure Paint Studio! Check out our new place and create long lasting memories. Schedule your session by visiting our calendar page on our website: https://azurepaintstudio.com/events/