ColorTherapy: Stone Grotto Finish

ColorTherapy: Stone Grotto Finish

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 11, 2007

Name: White Marigold 2149-60, Timothy Straw 2149 40
Brand: Benjamin Moore

What do you with the ugliest walls in New York? Paint them to look like a stone Grotto!

This small office space had those kind of walls you see in lower Manhattan, which have been plastered by somebody's bare fingers so many times it looks like the walls could crawl away. When my client suggested he wanted one of the those faux-finish sponging techniques in a room like this, I inwardly held my sides in mirth. Boy, was I wrong...

We used two different shades of the same hue, and I applied the paints simultaneously with a thick roller and sea sponges. This created highlights and shadows that followed the texture of the walls' surfaces, disguising dirt and flaws.

The walls feel like they were made of warm rough stone. The room reminds me of an Italian restaurant from my youth, with its fish-pond water fountain; or perhaps the follies at Versailles. Cheers to thick rollers and sea sponges.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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