Commercial Exterior Color Design

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New Look for Shari's Restaurant

Better colors attract more business

How do you like the comfortable new colors we designed for the exteriors of all 100 plus Shari's Restaurants? Famous for pies and comfort food, Art First updated their corporate identity with attractive colors.

Chuckanut Bay Gallery

Located in Bellingham, Washington, the focus of the Gallery is handcrafted Northwest art, and includes garden sculpture as a main element. The new color design, which I created at a distance using photos and consultations with the owners by phone and email, promotes the concept of belonging and emerging from Nature.

The business needed to have heightened visibility as a destination, an attraction; not just someone's home.

I used color to re-create the outside of the Gallery as an elegant, sophisticated place, reflecting the quality of the artwork to be found inside.

glorious colors in fall

The Fruit & Flower Child Care Center, NW Portland

Dull, washed-out, forbidding were some descriptions that came up during my meeting with the staff, before I designed their new color palette.




An inviting, friendly and fun facade to welcome kids and their caregivers. I especially enjoy improving environments to benefit children (and the bigger kids who care for them!).


Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theater top

Hollywood Theater side

Hollywood Theatre detail

The East store-front side of the Hollywood Theatre springs forth in its unique exterior colors

Sophisticated and eclectic, Mary McMurrray's color design for the Alberta Rowhouses shows artistic and distinctive paint colors in keeping with the neighborhood. Before painting, the houses showed no reference to their location. The new colors augment an innovative blend of historic and contemporary elements in the architecture, and bring a warm spirit right out to the street.

Alberta Row Houses

Alberta Rowhouse Aafter

Alberta Rowhouse  B


Alberta Row corner B

Alberta Row corner A

The Old Spaghetti Factory
International Corporate Offices and Restaurant

With new colors

The company flagship building at the South Waterfront on the Willamette River.

before painting

Blue ceramic roof tiles were custom-made in Japan and shipped to Portland for installation. However, the monotone white paint scheme did nothing to distinguish the unique architecture. Mary McMurray's new multi-color paint designs define and enhance the corporate identity of business premises.

before improvement




The Old Spaghetti Factory

Retail Showrooms

1039 NW Glisan, Portland. New paint colors attract customers to this Pearl District commercial building, a welcome change from the previous gray paint.


We guarantee that every color design we create is original and selected especially for you.

Hawthorne Wellness Clinic



We also designed the interior colors for this health clinic, to view click here

Comforting new color design for clinic, The Hawthorne Wellness Clinic promotes health.

The Grand Stable and Carriage Building

The Grand Stable and Carriage Building, built in 1885, and its adjoining Annex to the South, built in 1894, are on the National Register of Historic Places.


The cast-iron facade on the older building is now beautifully highlighted with our historically appropriate color design. Its sister annex, with a more contemporary look, highlights the showroom colors in thoughtfully selected hues and tones.


 County Animal Shelter

Multnomah County
The Multnomah County Animal shelter is transformed by better paint colors from a bleak prison to a welcoming home. And we selected the fabric for the awning to link the existing signage color with the new look.

BASCO Appliance Showroom

Commercial exterior paint and awning colors for the BASCO Appliance Showroom, Portland.

Below: the scene before the color detective arrived.


Art First also designed the interior colors of the BASCO Showroom

Portland Marble Works

A fresh and updated look with the new multi-color paint design

Services available to you at any location

Additional Commercial Clients

The Hollywood Theatre, Portland

St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louis, MO

Fruit & Flower Child Care

Chuckanut Bay Art Gallery

Quantum Residential, Portland and Eugene



Shari's Restaurants

The Highcliffe Restaurant, Oregon City

Tandoor Indian Kitchen, Portland

Stellar Coffee, Portland, Oregon

The Klondike Restaurant, St Helens

Exterior and interior color design for a restaurant on N.W. 21st Ave, Portland.

Art First also designed the red and white diamond window graphic to provide a modesty panel for the diners inside.

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