One of the main tenets of good architecture and interior design is the ability to draw people in. Obviously, for the new visitor center at the world-renowned Pez Vela Marina here in Quepos, this is desirable.
The marina wanted something with a barefoot luxury vibe that would draw people in, make them feel welcome, and appreciated. So that’s exactly what I gave them.
Since this design is for the Marina’s Visitor Center, it was only natural to stick with the colors of the sea. I chose a gorgeous shade of teal blue for most of the walls with white accents.
This shade not only gives a nod to the ocean but also is a pleasant, calming color. Anything on the blue end of the spectrum makes us feel calm and relaxed, which is definitely how the Marina would like guests to feel when they visit!
By choosing a muted shade, I could use the color liberally on the walls, without being overpowering. It’s just enough to give you the sense of floating in the peaceful calm of the sea.
By far, the biggest activity at Pez Vela Marina is sportfishing. To showcase this fact, I chose white stencils to accent the teal walls depicting the favorite species of fish that visiting fishermen (and women!) are hoping to catch.
Can you recognize the mahi-mahi, sailfish, and other species gracing these walls? You can rest assured that excited visitors do!
Barefoot Luxury Vibes
To fit the barefoot luxury vibe I was going for, I choose wooden and white accents for the desk/cash register and product display stands.
The gorgeous natural tone and grain pattern of the wood awaken the idea of the jungle that awaits just inland from the marina. The white accents are fresh and crisp, giving the design a touch of modern chic that is very relevant to this audience.
And don’t miss those ah-maz-ing light fixtures. The texture, color, and interest they add are like the cherry on top of the cake!
A Warm Welcome to All
All-in-all, the idea is to make visitors feel calm and welcome when they arrive. I think this design does that perfectly if I do say so myself. Wouldn’t you agree?
Are you interested in creating your own welcoming and comfortable design for your home or business? Contact me and we’ll create something wonderful together! To see more of my work, don’t miss this bold design I did at Casa Hacienda Pacifica.