Manhattan business carving a niche, focusing on luxury paint, fine color, artisan paint finishes, design, and consulting
Located on Ninth Avenue, in Chelsea, between 21st and 22nd streets, Colours By Martin is a family business now headed in a new direction. While the store previously focused on commercial painting and supplying building materials, current proprietor (and namesake) Martin Kesselman’s passion for design, fashion, and fine art has brought big change.
“We created a space for interior designers, architects, and homeowners to come in, be comfortable, look at, and chat with me about color.”
First and foremost, Kesselman is a colorist, and he’s created a niche for his business, focusing on luxury paint, fine color, artisan paint finishes, design, and consulting. Driven by his love for color, Kesselman wanted to create an environment that allows customers to view color in different ways. In his store, he has designed a number of bespoke color displays that show color in shadow and light, in different combinations, on brushout wallboards, and on moldings. “We created a space for interior designers, architects, and homeowners to come in, be comfortable, look at, and chat with me about color,” Kesselman said.
HKesselman’s color work takes him from Park Avenue apartments to SoHo lofts to residences overlooking Central Park. “I get to work with some really talented designers, see some really beautiful spaces, and pull from awe-inspiring art,” he said. “The part that I really love about design is the connections that you make, both with other designers who are not only talented but [also] brilliant people, and with the clients themselves. When someone is open to the experience and pretty free, I know I have opportunities to do some creative things. It’s an energy. I love people who are open to and excited by the color experience.”
Tackling everything from restoration and historical color on the neighborhood’s classic brownstones to color and design for new construction, Kesselman has truly carved out a unique design service that caters to professional designers and helps them use color in new, exciting ways.