One of my favourite things in decoration is painted finishes. I think adding a special finish can add that little bit of magic to an interior. Commissioning a paint finish can be daunting and a little expensive but arming yourself with some good references and asking your painter to provide some samples will make it easier to determine if you are on the right track. But what I really love about paint finishes is you can tackle them yourself. With a little practice and some thorough research you can get some great results. So I plan to post some interesting examples of finishes that may inspire you.
This hallway was painted by the master of paint finishes Jocasta Innes. It features a collection of stencils she marketed under the "Paintability" label. It appeared in English House and Garden in May 1987. I remember the stencils were made from oiled manilla board, the traditional material for stencils. This hallway features the gothic designs from the collection. The chalky finish of the red background makes a dramatic statement in this elegant house.
Hi I am Elizabeth an interior designer who lives in Melbourne, Australia in a little Californian Bungalow cottage with my partner, Max, who is also an Interior Designer, and our beloved furry children, Doris & Ernest. I believe that design can make our lives more rewarding and productive. I love, architecture and design theory but my everyday passion is fabrics and decoration, as I don't think we should get too serious but have fun with our homes and enjoy the process of creating our own environments. I am interested in classic cars, and collect Georgian and Mid Century furniture.