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Faux Finishes Still Popular

The faux finish craze of the past has faded away for the most part, but textured and mottled paint treatments can still be stylish if not overdone.

The bedroom in the photo has an Old World appeal and charm, mainly due to the lovely, dappled paint finish. The treatment provides depth and pattern and the warm gold and honey tones are perfect for this room.

I have to wonder if the design idea for this space came from the lampshade to the right of the bed, as it has a very similar palette and style. Inspiration can come in many different forms even something as simple as a lampshade.

The black accents in the room are very effective against the wall treatment. The black bed, which could be visually overpowering, is softened by the light-coloured bedding (mixed in with a few black toss cushions).


Lampshades are fun to play with when it comes to adding spice to your space. The lamp mentioned above may have had a solid shade (like the floor lamp) and was treated with a decoupage effect to replicate the wall treatment. If you re concerned about ruining your lampshade because you haven t done this kind of project in the past, pick up a bunch of cheap shades from a thrift store and practise different finishes before you tackle your own lamp. You can paint them with craft paint, use a decoupage treatment, stencil them, glue fabric or wallpaper on them, add beads, ribbon or decorative trim to accent any space. It can be a great way to add your personal touch to your space.

The eclectic mix of furniture styles works well in the room. Hanging the casual drapery rod below the window arches allows the room s strongest feature to be visible when the drapes are closed. You probably can t determine the pattern on the draperies from the photo but there is a Greek Key pattern to them which supports the Old World charm of the room.

The Tuscan flavour is supported by the three large ceramic urns at the end of the bed, and the two Oriental trunks stacked on top of each other create a unique bedside table even though their style is quite different from the other furniture in the room. The reason that they work is because they are aged, have similar warm tones to the wall treatment and are adorned with black accents. The dresser on the left holds a unique display of various sizes of clear vases and wineglasses filled with small stones and seashells topped with dried green flora. The decorative box, covered with tiny seashells, may have been the inspiration for that. This is definitely a use what you have idea. Who doesn t have a cupboard filled with mismatched glasses and vases somewhere in the house? This display can also be changed seasonally simply by changing the colours of the dried flora, or changed completely by filling the vases with other things like coloured water with floating candles, river rock, fresh flowers and so on.

When choosing a paint treatment there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, can you achieve the look you want? Practise your chosen treatment on a test wall or a piece of wallboard before you start a difficult wall finish. When deciding on paint colours, keep in mind the colour of the flooring and other items like furniture upholstery colours. Try to keep all of the colours in either a warm or cool palette. In our feature room the warm paint colours work well with a honeycoloured wood flooring. If the room had wall-to-wall carpeting in a cool grey, the yellow wall colour wouldn t have been a good choice. Ensure that the faux treatment is not too busy, especially in a bedroom. Tone-on- tone finishes are soothing yet stylish but if a paint treatment is too busy it will be visually overwhelming.

So go ahead and try new things. With a little practice you ll be ready to do some different techniques and make some changes.

Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Winnipeg



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