Quirky "Unfinished" Paint Jobs

Quirky "Unfinished" Paint Jobs

Anna Hoffman
Jul 27, 2011

As someone who likes a neatly painted wall with crisply contrasting trim, I was surprised to find myself digging these curiously unfinished-looking paint jobs. Offering color, texture, humor, and a bit of that wabi-sabi we all love, could this be a new trend?

Personally, I like the effect. I like how it embraces a sense of randomness, imperfection, and even of decay — these are some of the ideas behind the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. I also like how personal it is, in that it leaves such intentionally visible traces of the hand that painted it. But am I bold enough to do it in my own home? Probably not!

In the gallery are three examples of uneven paint at varying heights on the wall, yielding very different effects. There's also a funky plaster job over a pale brick wall. For the more risk-averse, the final image is of a similar paint job on a mirror.

What do you think about this paint treatment? Is it something you would try in your home?

Images: 1. Spicer & Bank, 2. Ideas to Steal, 3. Brabourne Farm, 4. Convoy, 5. Desire to Inspire

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