The first step toward commissioning a painting requires all parties to meet for a discussion of the project and to brainstorm collaborative ideas. The end-goal is an appropriate design that suits you and your client's needs and the aesthetic you aim to achieve. Below is an example of a custom-made screen designed and decorated by Mr. Greco. Each of its four panels measures 7' H x 2.5' W. Designing a commissioned work requires not only accurate and detailed measurements from the site, but also photographs, fabric swatches, and/or carpet samples. These and other items are used to ensure that Mr. Greco's design and color palette will achieve the desired visual effect and integrate appropriately with the existing aesthetic milieu.
After an initial $600.00 design deposit has been received, Mr. Greco will draft a scale drawing of his design. This photograph is one example. If necessary, one revision is included as part of this initial consultation. Once the final design has been secured, a comprehensive price estimate for the project will be provided. This particular drawing was submitted to Ellen James Interiors (Pittsburgh, PA) for initial approval before the decorative screen was manufactured to Mr. Greco's specifications.
In many cases, a full-color sample board, as seen below, is also required to ensure an accurate match with the site under consideration. This step often proves useful to help clients visualize what has been discussed and proposed. It also provides an opportunity for the client, Mr. Greco and the designer to finalize choices in design and color scheme before production of the painting has begun.
After all elements of the commissioned piece have been finalized and approved, a deposit of one-third the final project cost will be required to secure materials and the start date for the project. Both this and the initial design deposit are non-refundable and will be applied to the balance due once the project is compete.
Upon receipt of the commission deposit, Mr. Greco will begin the final phase of the project: the production of the painting. Following its completion, the fee balance (less each deposit) is due.
Throughout the more than twenty years Mr. Greco has been providing custom services, he has received generous feedback from dozens of pleased clients and design teams in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Florida. Many have requested additional work to customize their primary, secondary and tertiary residences. Projects vary in size, scope and cost, from small furnishings such as stools for under $600.00 to entire barreled entry halls for just over $25,000.00 (below), and, of course, everything in between. As you view the samples in this e-portfolio, we hope you will consider scheduling a consultation with Greco Decorative Painting to discover how we may assist you and your clients in creating unique environments for equally unique homes.