My client Cathy in Medfied called me when she wanted to update the faux painting in her entry foyer, stairwell and upstairs hallway. The project started with a new tile floor in the entry foyer, which did not go with the existing faux finish from almost 18 years ago. The tile is a nice combination of cool and warm grays – while the existing faux finish was creamy yellow with a brown accent color.
We started by looking through different options for faux finishes, and Cathy opted to stick with the “raged” finish she had, just with updated colors. With color book in hand, we walked through the house and narrowed down our options to 2 different families of gray – one of which was warmer/more brown, while the other was cooler/more blue.
Since Cathy wasn’t completely sure which colors she wanted, I painted a concept board showing 4 different options that she could look at in her house. This step was particularly important with grays – as they tend to look very different depending on the light. Cathy was amazed at the differences depending on time of day, but seeing all of the options helped make her comfortable with her decision. I was happy Cathy chose a combination where the lighter color was the faux/accent color – as that tends to give the finish a great pearlescent look.
Once we had the final color combination, it was time to get started! The one change I made from the concept was to try to get more of a repeated pattern in the finish – giving it a damask look, which Cathy really liked.
The walls now go beautifully with the new tile floor, and Cathy and her husband are thrilled with their new faux-painted hallways!