(Me and Jenn Danza experiencing "great heights" on scaffold)
Oh... riiiiiight... I'm a painter. I almost forgot to blog about painting. OK, enough about the romantic, creative stuff or the spiritual journey... let's come back to Earth and talk about a recent paint project.
There are some jobs that present "modern problems." I have nicknamed them such, because architects and builders of today use very different solutions to maximize space and build profitably. Some homes have unique wall breaks, larger rooms with different ceiling heights, random soffits here and there, open staircases, two or three storey foyers, and my personal favorite, the "main wall" that runs from the front door all the way to the kitchen in the back of the house without stopping.
Clients often call me for a solution on how to paint these "modern problems." Where does one room end and the other begin? What is the ceiling? What is considered the "wall?" The answers are as unique as the situations, and no two are alike.
One recent example was "Miss Avery's Room," a little girl's bedroom on the third floor of a home located in a beachy suburb outside of NYC. While renovating, Miss Avery's parents maximized all available space in what was originally the third floor attic. Miss Avery's room, as a result of this, had some really unique walls angles and slopes. Upon my first visit, I could plainly see how the average homeowner would have no idea where the walls ended and ceilings began.
As a remedy, I suggested we paint the entire space above 30" a pale aqua blue (inspired by the world famous Tiffany box). Blue tends to be a very transcending color. It works well when you desire the ceiling to "disappear." I custom made a second "off-spring" shade of blue by adding 30% Super White to the original color, thereby lightening it about 3/4 of a shade. This was applied to the lower wall, all of the space below 30" of height.
|See what I mean?|
|Look at this dramatic wall/ceiling slope!|
I then defined the two closely related blues by creating and applying a custom cut stencil of polka dots around the circumference. This "circular shape" border does double duty by simultaneously anchoring you in the angled room and softening the hard lines of the space.
|I began the stencil on one wall (the one to the left)|
where I saw a break I could work with. I then
stayed true to that line height all around the room.
|I custom cut the polka dots into a piece of 7 ml mylar|
and stenciled this border to anchor the room
As a finishing touch, the very talented Jenn Danza added a hand-painted monogram-type personalization to the room with the addition of Avery's name above the crib.
|The monogram is a great way to personalize a child's room |
without using wall-hangings. The idea crystalized after all
of the other elements were in place.
|Jenn used a book of Font Styles to inspire the overall look. We also used our |
camera phones, an ipad and Skyped on a lap-top to communicate our ideas
and progress with Miss Avery's mom who works in Manhattan.
Modern Problems and Modern Solutions!
The results were lovely and the clients were thrilled. Sweet dreams, Miss Avery... may you enjoy many happy memories in your new room!