From furniture to floors to ceilings to walls, decorative painting creates an impact and evokes something otherworldly. Think what Michelangelo did for the Sistine Chapel or what the Medici family did for Florence and the rest of Europe (think Italian Renaissance). Decorative painting or faux finishing has been around for centuries and, much like other century old practices, can still be seen in design of today. 

Take a mid-century credenza (not a signed piece, please) from drab to fab! A great way to give an old piece a brand new look: decorative painting. Local artisan Janet Pope has taught us that a new coat of paint, a little gilding and a lot of lacquer gets the job done beautifully.

Janet has been a decorative painter in Baltimore for over 30 years.  She has clients in Chicago, Florida, New York and Boston, and has stenciled floors, plastered walls, gilded screens, and applied faux-tortoise to ceilings.  It is true that only a few possess the talent of decorative painting or faux finishing, but it really can transform furniture, a room, a house.  

The famous set designer and decorator, Tony Duquette, used the iconic pattern of malachite (think green swirly stone pattern) and had a decorative painter apply it to walls to transform his foyer. This decorative process taken from the true “stone” malachite was then reproduced into wallpaper (thank you Cole & Sons) and decorative fabric. 

So whether you are stippling, stenciling, sanding or shellacking, enjoy the transformative power of decorative paint.