Painted Trees in the Bathroom

Painted Trees in the Bathroom

Mark Chamberlain
Mar 2, 2010

This is the sweetest thing I've seen in some time. For a refreshing change of pace in the bathroom, why not go with painted trees instead of wallpaper?

I wanted my dear friend and constant collaborator Brian Gilmartin to develop this treatment for the bathroom. The whole apartment was one big festival of decorative painting, and I thought the crisp yet gauzy brushstrokes of his hand would play nicely with the precisely painted stripes in the adjoining hallway, while still supporting their vertical element. As I drew circles in the air describing the whole project I was initially thinking of something like 50s textiles, but ultimately, the source inspiration came from the renaissance woodcuts found in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, and I'll leave it to architects and print aficionados to decipher that tome.

The Affinity palette from Benjamin Moore provided us with the mysterious blues that compliment the tobacco colors of the hallway stripes. Mr. Gilmartin treated the whole room as one big painting, making sample boards, painting and changing and painting again. These bathrooms remain, as always, impossibly small to photograph properly. Skoal and good work.

Benjamin Moore Flora AF-470
Benjamin Moore Wind Chime AF-465

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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