The Latest Trends – On and Off the Wall

Decorative painting has been a staple in interior design to make spaces unique for eons. According to Architectural Digest (architecturaldigest.com/gallery/next-big-
decorative-painting-techniques), it is the latest trend in interiors today. However, these techniques have evolved, and are now better than ever! Faux finishes can recreate the look of stone, marble, brick, concrete or even wallpaper for significantly less and without the hassle or commitment.

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This master bedroom surface design is a Venetian Plaster. The technique uses a soothing white over a soft gray that resembles a subtle Carrara marble. This blends beautifully with a rich velvet, tufted upholstered headboard. The white linens play up the white of the marble wall, while the metallic elements such as the frames, décor, and mirror add just the right touch of pizzazz.

“Get the Look” – 
Instead of wallpaper for the walls, consider faux finishes for just the right touch of pizzazz.

Details of Items – 1. DIY recovered books $0, 2. Gold metal ribbon sculpture $45, 3. Navy and white porcelain chevron lamp $500, 4. Navy-and-white embroidered Greek key throw pillow $150, 
5. Spike metal wall sculptures, black with gold tips, small $45, medium $55, large $85, 6. Deep blue velvet, tufted headboard (king) $3,000, 
7. Gray and silver nightstand $1,000, 8. Large champagne organic shape mirror $650.

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Use an urban brick accent wall to give that updated modern look to your space, as we did for this foyer/living space. It adds textural contrast and depth for a fraction of the cost of real brick. Not only that, this mineral finish is a true art form. Just add a touch of bling to soften or to give it a feminine touch.

“It’s one-of-a-kind, a bespoke finish that is totally unique to the day, time, setting and even the client. My methods used to produce and express were very unconventional, but the wall is so much more, it just happens!” says Shawn Reeder with Organic Finishes and the surface designer who created these walls of art.

“Get the Look” – 
Find a surface designer who can turn an accent wall into a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Details of Items – 1. Aged gold round and teardrop mirrors $200 each, 2. Navajo fur pillow $200 each, 3. Edison Lamp $500, 4. Succulent bowl $150, 5. White ceramic vase $50. 6. Gold hand sculpture $100. 7. Leather strap arm chairs $2,400 each, 8. Small white credenza with woven door inset $1,400. 9. 8′ x 10′ cream and gray tribal rug $1,500.

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Add a deep stormy venetian plaster surface, in a dark grey, to one of your walls. Then bring in pops of black-and-white photography. A real live edge wood desk softens the space and gives it an earthy organic feel. Vibrant colors, like the chartreuse swivel chair and the bamboo woven multi-color rug, mix well with the neutral palate. Call it yin yang if you will, but just like the use of the Mars and Venus symbol accessories; the combination of elements creates the perfect balance of masculine and feminine for a multi-gender office space.

“Get the Look” – 
Periodically add transition metals to anchor the tone of a room

Details of Items – 1. Hair on Hide portrait frames $80 each, 2. Faux metal gears $75 each, 3. Metal wall clock $500, 4. Industrial cage lamp $300, 5. Leather baseball stich pillow, $100. 6. Chenille pleated back chartreuse swivel chair $800. 7. Mars and Venus sculptures in gold $250/pair, 8. Live edge wood desk $2,000, 9. Photography: Airplane detail $180, Moon $400.

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Gia Rose and Saydi Hunter are interior designers at Designer’s Market in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit 
designersmarket.biz/index.html