Adventures In Decorative Painting

Adventures In Decorative Painting

Mark Chamberlain
Jun 29, 2010

I've got hot new pictures from a project I finished last winter and I'd like to rerun them here as a complete "tour" because the photos are so much better. Also, this is what happens when someone says to me, "OK, kid, go nuts," and lobs me the keys.

The main room is a simple grey, and received an industrial-looking colorwashing of sorts in the same color family. The glazes were applied with an assortment of sponges, ratty brushes and putty knives.

The kitchen received a faux malachite treatment, see last winter's post. Brian Gilmartin painted a bathroom in the style of a Renaissance woodcut; and the bedroom was wallpapered. But the one area left to reveal here is the striped hallway.

Every hand-painted stripe I've done is unique—different scale, different repeat, different colorway. In this instance we chose a tobacco palette of warm greys to compliment the dining area and main room &c. I continued the repeat across the ceiling and down the other wall, an idea I got from an op-art hallway in some 60s coffeetable book somewhere .

That's designer Juan Carretero, center stage. He was in charge of the fab décor, for which my painting was just a simple backdrop.

kitchen photo: Mark Chamberlain
all other photos: JACOB SADRAK

Base: Benjamin Moore AF100
Stripes: Ralph Lauren TH08, TH11, TH48, TH92

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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