Before & After: Metallic Stripes

Before & After: Metallic Stripes

Mark Chamberlain
Jul 20, 2010

Every once in a while you buy a Long Island estate and the colorway of the previous owner's striped wallpaper doesn't quite turn your crank. Why not just paint the stripes a new color?

I have a large archive of various stripe patterns, each its own unique vibration, and the reason to paint instead of repaper is that color and scale are putty in your hands. In this instance I was painting over some sort of hand-made wallpaper with smoke damage, which in part means this; at least the lines were already drawn.

The original pattern was primary yellow over beige — we went with a greyer beige over a Ralph Lauren Metallic. The shift in sheen is what gives it a kick, and we've dialed down the intensity.


Ralp Lauren Regent Metallic Oyster, RM41
Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81, flat

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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