Paint Style: The New Approach to Decorative Paint Finishes

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Overview

How to harness the power of Benjamin Moore color.

Interior designers and architects are big fans of Benjamin Moore paints, which offer innovative color selections, high quality and long-lasting durability. These products excel in providing decorative effects, which are becoming more subtle and elegant in tone and texture. They also ideally suit graphics and geometrics, which rely on vibrant colors that are clear and true.

Paint Style is a practical guide to using color and decorative effects for revitalizing a tired decor or providing a perfect finishing touch. Examples in the book show what many of the most popular finishes look like in "real life." Lesley Riva chooses the best of classic and contemporary work from leading interior designers.

More than 50 projects are included. Each one is rated by skill level and describes the techniques used,
identifies the specific Benjamin Moore colors, and includes step-by-step instructions.

Paint Style also features:

  • Glazing, stenciling, stamping, geometrics, texture and faux finishes
  • Essential skills and tips for success
  • Technique lessons and tools of the trade
  • Tips on using a color wheel and choosing a palette
  • On-location photographs with detailed captions
  • A glossary of color descriptions.

With its true-to-life professional examples, carefully set-out projects and insider tips, Paint Style provides both information and inspiration.

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Editorial Reviews

Real Estate Magazine
Advice on how to select and combine colours....dozens of photos [and] a colour library showing the latest colour palettes.
The Manhattan Mercury (Kansas) - Liz Seymour
A good resource for the DIY painter interested in stencils, glazes, stippling, color rippling, painting floors and faux finishes.
Las Vegas Review-Journal - Mike Klimek
Riva...takes a practical approach to the art of adding color to a home. She offers professional advice.
Muskoka Today (Gravenhurst ON) - Lois Cooper
Another great book for the family decorator.
The Vancouver Sun - Kim Pemberton
Shows you how to go one step further when painting your home by adding a decorative finish.
The Globe and Mail (Metro Ed) - Maggie Wrobel
Shows off shots of gorgeous rooms that are clearly meant to kick your decorating but into high gear.
The Hamilton Spectator - Washington Post
[The book] is more about painting techniques thn actual color, making it a resource for the DIY painter. Benjamin Moore purists will like this book because it categorizes many of its most popular colors by shade and labels the paint color and number on each page.
The Ottawa Citizen - Orlando Sentinel (wire)
Filled with conceptual inspiration and step-by-step instructions on a variety of paint techniques.
Grand Magazine (Kitchener)
Will make anyone instantly dissatisfied with plain painted walls.... Everyone is sure to find something they'll like in more than 50 projects featured in the book... Perhaps the only decorating possibility left unanswered in the book is where to start painting.
Style at Home
If the thought of faux finishes gives you awful '80s flashbacks, fear not! This tome features paint treatments that are as stylish and modern as they come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073764
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Riva writes on color and design for numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Saveur and Harper's magazine. She is the author of the Benjamin Moore book Interior Style.

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How to use this book:

The power of color to transform a room is familiar to anyone who's picked up a paint brush. Going one step further and using a decorative finish adds a whole new dimension: Classic stries can produce a look like raw silk, color washing contributes a cloudy depth to the color, and, of course, faux finishes can simulate everything from marble and stone to fine woods. Today, decorative painting encompasses these advanced finishes and something as simple as an overscaled stencil design or a series of stripes in contrasting colors. PAINT STYLE shows you both classic and contemporary possibilities with paint and color, and gives you the techniques and even the colors to enable you to produce these effects.

Any successful decorative finish begins with good colors. "Good color" is highly subjective, but we've provided some guidelines to help you arrive at the pale blues or lilacs, creams or rich browns, sage greens or teals that will appeal to you. Then, we've gathered the best work from leading professionals to inspire and show you what some of the most popular finishes look like in "real life."

In the step-by-steps, we give instructions, tips, and specific colors for techniques that are building blocks -- used separately or in combination, they will enable you to create a huge array of looks. But, in the end, decorative painting is as much art as craft and best mastered by hands-on practice. How much color you mix in the glaze or how you apply it to the wall varies from painter to painter and the results vary correspondingly. Sometimes the mistakes turn out to be happy ones. Ultimately, the best approach is to pickup a brush, experiment and discover the power of color and decorative painting for yourself.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Introduction
Color

  • Choosing a palette
  • Color library
Inspirations Glazing
  • Glazing essentials
  • Mottling
  • Stippling
  • Ragging
  • Color washing
  • Combing
  • Strié
  • Variations
  • On location: Artful elegance
Stenciling and Stamping
  • Stenciling essentials
  • Stenciling
  • Border patterns
  • Stamping
  • Variations
  • On location: Turkish delight

Geometerics
  • Measuring and taping essentials
  • Lattice
  • Checkerboard
  • Variations
  • On location: House of a different stripe
Texture and Special Finishes
  • Textured paint
  • Venetian plaster
  • Variations
  • On location: French connection
Faux Finishes
  • Wood graining
  • Limestone blocks
  • Marbling
  • On location: Going with the grain
Tools and Paint
  • Tools of the trade
  • How to handle brushes and tools
  • Paint essentials
  • General equipment
  • Safety, cleanup and storage

Index
Resources
Designer Directory
Decorative Painters
Photography Credits

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Preface

How to use this book:

The power of color to transform a room is familiar to anyone who's picked up a paint brush. Going one step further and using a decorative finish adds a whole new dimension: Classic stries can produce a look like raw silk, color washing contributes a cloudy depth to the color, and, of course, faux finishes can simulate everything from marble and stone to fine woods. Today, decorative painting encompasses these advanced finishes and something as simple as an overscaled stencil design or a series of stripes in contrasting colors. PAINT STYLE shows you both classic and contemporary possibilities with paint and color, and gives you the techniques and even the colors to enable you to produce these effects.

Any successful decorative finish begins with good colors. "Good color" is highly subjective, but we've provided some guidelines to help you arrive at the pale blues or lilacs,
creams or rich browns, sage greens or teals that will appeal to you. Then, we've gathered the best work from leading professionals to inspire and show you what some of the most popular finishes look like in "real life."

In the step-by-steps, we give instructions, tips, and specific colors for techniques that are building blocks — used separately or in combination, they will enable you to create a huge array of looks. But, in the end, decorative painting is as much art as craft and best mastered by hands-on practice. How much color you mix in the glaze or how you apply it to the wall varies from painter to painter and the results vary correspondingly. Sometimes the mistakes turn out to be happy ones. Ultimately, the best approach is to pick up a brush, experiment and discover the power of color and decorative painting for yourself.

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