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Call Attention to Architectural Features

          Whether you have a coved ceiling, an archway, or a little niche, painting is one of the best ways to call attention to the architectural features that are unique to your home.  You can faux finish them, or use them as an excuse to introduce a different color to the room.  Just look at the difference a pop of color can make:

AFTER

A pop of color calls attention to a nice feature

BEFORE

This is what it looked like BEFORE

 

        In this particular home, I faux finished the entire kitchen with this rusty olive color, and I used the leftover paint to do the same treatment in these two niches.  The artwork would have been two small for the space, if it weren’t for the fact there is now something else there for the eye to see.

          In addition to faux finishing these next niches, I also added a little embellishment with paint.  I first drew the design onto a large piece of paper, folding it in half and then tracing to keep the design symmetrical.  Then, with graphite paper, I traced my design onto the wall and then painted it.

Faux Finish with added design

Faux Finish with added design

          This same color scheme is used throughout the home.  In the living room, it was used on the coved ceiling.  I added a little artistic embellishment to each corner.  I like to think of it as a little surprise every time you look up.  (Although, the real surprise for me was how sore my neck was after painting the ceiling!)

Coved Ceiling

Coved Ceiling

Painted Embellishment on Coved Ceiling

Painted Embellishment on Coved Ceiling

          I repeated the same archway pattern seen throughout the home, by painting an archway on the biggest wall in the formal living room.  This gave me an opportunity to work in a little more of the same faux treatment, as well as introduce a darker color and some artwork.  (The narrowing border was actually the homeowner’s idea.  I love when they give me direction and show me photos of what they like.  Takes all the guess work out of my job.)

Painted Arhway

Painted Arhway

 

Artwork around Faux Archway

Artwork around Faux Archway

          This home is already gorgeous, but the paint treatment, and a few other embellishments, help call attention to some of its best architectural features.

Painted Detail over Kitchen Window

Painted Detail over Kitchen Window

Faux Finished Kitchen

Faux Finished Kitchen

 

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One Response to Call Attention to Architectural Features

  1. Valerie B July 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Marcy, your work is absolutely amazing!! You painted my kitchen almost three years ago now, but I still LOVE it as if it was just painted yesterday. ~ Val 🙂

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