A plant sits on top of a light blue end table. The table was painted using a salt paint technique that creates a distressed look, making it the perfect outdoor accessory. A rattan chair and yellow pillow provide the perfect compliment to the antiqued table.
This small bathroom packs a big punch of style. The eye is immediately drawn to the textured paint pattern on the walls. The paint technique resembles wood, well-complemented by the dimensional wood wall art. A simple mirror and traditional dresser bring familiar lines to balance the lively walls.
This traditional sitting room, with textured painting technique on the walls, features a pink fireplace mantel that coordinates its color with the accent and furnishings of the room. The oil painting and dark woodwork and flooring bring the room together.
Leanne loves to incorporate natural elements into all of her designs, so the stone wall was a no-brainer. To achieve the light stone look that she desired without blowing the budget, Leanne and Steve decided to grout wash the stone wall. "I feel I might have invented a new technique," Leanne said. "For budget, we couldn't get a beautiful white stone, but we could smear some grout over it."
Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more about this faux-painting technique.
In a Hong Kong villa, trees take over a stairwell via luxury hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay. The wallpaper is made using the grisaille technique in shades of gray. The scenery shifts from trees to clouds as the wood and marble staircase continues. The villa's interior design is by Pamela Babey of BAMO.
When giving an old piece of furniture a fresh coat of paint, it’s fitting to distress it a bit, so the new paint feels natural on the vintage or antique piece. The look can be subtle or dramatic, depending on the techniques and paints used. Flat, matte and chalky paints tend to distress better and look more authentic than those with gloss.
An installation of eyes painted in the verre eglomise style by Jane Richardson Mack follow you down the stairs in the "Stare" Well at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Verre eglomise is a technique where a gilded design is painted on the back side of a piece of glass for a mirror-like finish.
Mix paint and tile. Take time to consider your paint choice and try it out on a sample board before putting it on all of the walls. This is a simple way to save time and money when redecorating a bathroom. “Make sure you like the color throughout the day,” says California designer Cindy Garten of Unique Techniques. “It will help you decide what color is best because of the different light throughout the day. Try it with the window open and closed. You may not like it. It ends up saving a lot of work and money, because all you end up doing is getting another sample board.” This bathroom was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner.