Kensington’s Restaurant at The Spa at Norwich Inn welcomes this season with a lighter, fresher palette of wall colors along with new window treatments that allow diners to enjoy views of the lawns and gardens on the property.
“We are very happy with the results,” said John G. O’Shaughnessy, general manager of The Spa at Norwich Inn. “We wanted to open up the room with more sunlight, more views, and lighter colors that come from the same decorating palette of the public rooms in the rest of the Norwich Inn.”
The large, hand-painted mural of flowers and fruits that covers one long wall of the room remains, as do the chandeliers. The dark paneling on the other walls received a totally different treatment.
In order to highlight the picture-frame moldings that were virtually unnoticeable on the dark walls, a light neutral color was applied to all the areas above the chair rail. Inside the moldings, a soft green paisley wall covering brought in color and highlighted the existing crystal wall sconces that also were retained. Below the chair rail, the walls are painted a rich russet, much brighter and warmer than the previous dark brown. The colors tie in with the patterned carpet and the hand-painted mural, which stands out even more by the dramatic change in the surrounding colors.
The large balloon shades that blocked the exterior views were removed, and the windows are now decorated by textured silk-like swags and jabots in the same russet tone as the window trim. Embossed pleated shades in taupe further soften the windows and easily control natural light.
Gail Sharkey supervised the renovations for Solidus in Rocky Hill.
Kensington’s is open 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations, call 860.425.3630, or visit http://www.thespaatnorwichinn.com for menus and additional information.