My client Louise was in the process of renovating her new condo in Wellesley when she reached out to me. She and her husband are downsizing from their house and wanted to put some personal touches to their beautiful new condo to make it feel like home.
When we first began to look at the space, Louise envisioned a faux marble finish for the entry hallway and great room/kitchen (all of which was painted a medium tan color). While I agreed that this finish could make for a pretty room, I was concerned about it being too much in such a large space. Also, the kitchen counter and backsplash already had patterns and textures that would look busy with faux marble.
Understanding that Louise wanted something ornate, but that the room called for something a bit more subtle than the faux marble, we began to look through pictures of past projects I have done. When Louise saw the “Polished Patina” library I did in Lexington, she was sold! This finish has a soft brushed look to it – like venetian plaster crossed with suede. To work with the rest of her décor, we chose a lighter finish called “Rock Crystal”, which has just a touch of gold fleck in it.
When we looked at the master bedroom, Louise had envisioned doing vertical stripes. I agreed that the stripes could look fantastic – but, the room has gabled ceilings that create complex angles where they intersect. Doing stripes on these surfaces would have created odd shapes no matter how they were painted – making an unintentional “fun house” look. While brainstorming, Louise suggested a strie finish – which I agreed would look great!
Finally, Louise’s designer Cathy suggested another custom finish for the tray ceiling in the entry hall. To pick up on the slight shimmer of the Polished Patina, Cathy suggested a mottled gold and silver finish.
All 3 finishes are complete, and Louise is thrilled! She now doesn’t want to hang anything on the walls to cover up what she says is now her favorite part of her new home!!
Below are before and after shots of the room…