We offer strie finishes in custom made colors for walls and furniture. The cross strie finish creates a seamless woven pattern. The single strie can be applied to walls horizontally or vertically.
The variety in the strie is directly related to the artists brushes used to create it. A dense bristled brush creates a tight strie, a loose bristled brush a wide strie.
The sheer tinted glaze stried over a basecoat create layers similar to watercolor on paper. All strie finishes add depth to color that cannot be achieved from paint straight out of the can.
The textured finishes shown include examples of tinted plaster, Venetian plaster, mottled and dragged plaster. All the finishes use plaster in some way to create a tangible surface similar to a textured fabric or old plaster walls. We have used these finishes in homes all over the country. The walls of a living room in John’s Island were made using the dragged Venetian plaster finish -click link to Rooms: John’s Island, Fla.
We also use the plaster as a vehicle for textured backgrounds, which are then painted and glazed to the designer’s specifications. All the plaster finishes can be top coated in a variety of sheens from dry to gloss.
Aged & Layered
Choosing a color is an emotional experience. Once a paint color is applied to walls, the feeling of the room changes. Aged and layered paint has the same emotional effect when applied to furniture, trim molding, metal fixtures; anything that accents interior design.
The finishes peak visual interest, add history and a sense of narrative. Umber washes over moldings and cracked or scrubbed back painted cabinets bring an emotional connection to beautiful objects.
Unlike wallpaper stencils offer many design alternatives regarding scale, color and pattern to customize a room. Whether we are using stencils or tape to create a pattern over walls, the designer can control all the details. The stripe samples are an example of how one stencil pattern looks in two different colorways.
Wallpaper is limited in the color and scale it comes in where as stencils can be measured and cut to fit any size wall. Stenciling has the added benefit of having no seams.
We do stenciling on other surfaces including grass cloth and floors. The tile at the top of the page is a sample of a design created for a second floor sunroom that was based on a clay tile supplied by the designer. Some of the grass cloth samples are shown. We will post more of the floors when the pictures are available.
Furniture & Cabinetry
The examples of furniture and cabinetry presented highlight how paint can transform new and existing pieces to fit a designer’s vision. We have glazed, stained and limed cabinetry in kitchens, baths, libraries and bedrooms in every color, shade and finish imaginable.
For kitchen cabinetry, we generally stick to color washes in lighter tones; accent pieces, i.e. kitchen islands, display cabinets and chairs are where we use a wide range of color and finish.
Interior design today is a mix of periods and continents. The subtlety of Swedish grays and chalky whites, the bold colors of the Mediterranean and the time worn rustic French wood patinas bring necessary character to decoration.
We began mixing colors and staining wood for floors, ceilings, walls and furniture when designers and clients were frustrated with the store bought options available.
We incorporate variations of bleaching, color correction and layering of stains to achieve the right depth of color, remove red undertones and age newly stained wood.
To maintain the integrity of the wood, we give careful consideration to the natural characteristics of each species. Mahogany, walnut, reclaimed pine, rough sawn fir, oak and spruce log are some of woods we work with. Top coats of oil varnishes and wax reveal soft “lit from within” results.
Ceruse or lime finishes over quarter sawn oak can be created in custom colors for desks, cabinetry and walls. Lime brings out the grain in shades of white contrasting a darker background. We custom tint our waxes and blend the stains making it possible to have every color combination imaginable.