Hand Painted Mural in Silver & Pink: Butterflies

Color Therapy

Here's another one for the kiddies: the trick was to make something whimsical in a room for a new baby, please the guests when it doubles as a spare room, and not look like dining room wallpaper.

There is an Art Deco element to the architecture of the room, and our first idea was actually pink tent stripes over a pink ground, but we nixed that idea after our samples looked too much like a candy store or set design. Then we alighted upon the idea of butterflies.

The flowers part of this is a creamy silver, which shimmers slightly and hovers in one's peripheral vision. The pink is steely Calamine from Farrow&Ball. I don't like pink unless I love it--see my French Riviera posts on Riviera Pastels--and in this instance it seemed to be what the room wanted. Add butterflies at will and stir gently...

Colors Used:
Farrow&Ball Calamine 230
Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic Winter Bloom RM70
Doors, Benjamin Moore Night Shade 2116-10
Butterflies, miscellaneous acrylic paint

More Painted Chinoiserie on Apartment Therapy:
Hand-Painted Birds and Flowers
Black Jade Chinoiserie in the Bath
Painted Birds in the Bathroom

(Images: Mark Chamberlain)