Fish are in the air — or water — at least for me lately. I've recently completed two bathrooms featuring fish, and have been approached about a third and fourth. What could be more fun than to glam up the bath than with a few fish?
The trick, stylistically, is to sell to adults but appeal to children — one wants the right balance between whimsy and polish. Sources of inspiration come from Chinoiserie wallpapers, and I aspire to add a bit more personality in the faces and, as I type this, I see many of these fish faces look just like me.
In terms of color, the goldfish are painted on a ground of Farrow&Ball Arsenic, which sings but is not "fast food." The bronze fish are painted over Benjamin Moore's Minced Onion, and we took our color cues from the bronze note in the tile. Actual fish in both instances were painted in whatever was in my kit — basically Titanium Buff, Red Sienna and Olive Green (with a bit of metallic paint to make the scales shimmer). And, of course, everyone remember this:
• Farrow&Ball, Arsenic 214
• Benjamin Moore, Minced Onion 2145-60
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter