Spotlight On Commercial Design: The Bar Method Richmond

spotlight on commercial design:
the bar method richmond

"Keep your heels, head and standards high." ~ Coco Chanel

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This past May of 2017, The Bar Method of Richmond opened it's doors to welcome barre babes to get fit while tucking and shaking in their new studios.  We couldn't have been more excited to jump at the opportunity to be a part of this Commercial Design project.  While working with the owner, Nicole Davis, we developed a bold and chic design that both met the owner's personal style and also met the requirements within the national brand.  The dramatic entrance of the lobby area is anchored with rich dark floors, a bold striped feature wall behind the welcome counter and lit to perfection overhead with an over-sized black chandelier.  A stylish way to start a workout any day of the week in our book.

Located on the Three Chopt Road in the Village Shopping Center, near the University of Richmond - conveniently situated between Carytown and Patterson Avenue.  This is a great location to get to from any part of the local Richmond Virginia area.  In working to design a commercial space there are several key players that come together to make a project like this come to life.  In this case the owner, commercial general contractor and his team, along with us at Melissa Mathe Interior Design worked together to keep the project scope and opening date in focus.

The lobby space is complete with a sophisticated seating area for clients to relax before and after classes.  Featuring a tufted sofa, glam end tables, acrylic chairs and chic graphic elements on both the throw pillows and rug.  Attendees are welcome to grab a cup of water or coffee and shop the retail boutique section filled with barre merchandise professionally displayed.  All the activewear, water bottles and totes a fitness goer can utilize... situated on racks, shelving and mannequins displayed in the front window.  Seeing the dream of this commercial space for the owner, Nicole Davis and the instructors come to fruition is quite a thrilling and rewarding experience for us. We appreciate hearing positive feedback and were pleasantly surprised to  read this response from one of The Bar Method clients on their social media.


"Stopped by the @barmethod_richmond this morning. Such a pretty studio and a cute boutique in the front!
Oh yes, and a definitely solid workout." ~ Megan Marconyak

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The palette in the studios is minimalistic and clean to create a sense of balance and not detract from all those raised heels and concentrated long holds going on during class. Special added touches in the locker-changing area and bathroom were installed with modern lighting and sparkling wall covering.  Set to give everyone a little feeling of pampering while getting a workout in at the start or end of their day.

We hope you enjoy seeing this commercial design space as much as we have being a part of it!

To learn more about The Barre Method studios, owner and instructor Nicole Davis and why this workout is so special check them out here.


Melissa Mathe

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