2017: Mid-Tones that Reflect the Seasons
Wintery grays and whites, spring floral colors, summery blues and greens, and autumnal spice tones are all forecasted in next year’s home decorating palette. So pick a season and enjoy, say home decorating experts, who note that next year’s color trends will reflect natural landscapes and the way each individual is inspired by them.
Natural looks like grasscloth, sisal and cork are major trends in wallpaper, says Gina Shaw, vice president of product development at York Wallcoverings.
Faux industry blogs are a great source of advice, tips, information and inspiration for decorative painters. This article provides descriptions of 10 of them.
10 Interesting Stops in the Faux Blogosphere
Focus on Faux is supplementing its subscription-paid online magazine with a free blog. Our goal with the blog is to provide more regular timely information for the decorative products industry as well as a taste of what you can expect if you become a subscriber to the online magazine.
There are many other excellent blogs with content for faux finishers and decorative painters. Here are 10 great ones:
Modern Masters Café
One of the industry’s leading manufacturers publishes a blog that offers product information, project ideas, tutorials, inspiration and plenty of great photographs. Some of the blog posts include: “Change Your Front Door Color on a Whim in a Couple of Hours,” “Rustic Chic RV Makeover” and “Metal Effects Patina on the Floor.” We venture to guess that there’s not another blog in the industry—or the entire Internet, for that matter—that features a zebra traipsing across a turquoise gem floor!
Paint + Paper
We love this blog from Melanie Royals’ Royal Design Studio. Not only is it beautifully designed, but it also has an array of great articles. The blog provides a wealth of information in such categories as How-To + DIY, Stencil Ideas, Wall Decal Décor, Modello Mastery, and Design + Inspire. Articles are illustrated with some truly beautiful photography. Just take a look at a couple articles—i.e., “Luxe Bohemian Look: Stenciled Fortuny Style Pillows” and “The Secret Is Out for Easy Stenciled Stairs”—to see what we mean.
House of Faux
The blog is just one way that founder Kathy Boyd is connecting artists in the industry. Kathy has established such events as the Faux Retreat and ArtFusion. The blog keeps industry people informed about the artists, news and events of the industry—not just giving the lowdown on Faux Retreat and ArtFusion but also passing along details of such industry gatherings as Salon and the IDAL Convention. Among the useful article on the site are: “How to Charge What You Worth,” “How to Watermark Your Images” and “How to Get the Best Airfare” (great advice for those who want to get to an industry event as cheaply as possible).
Anything But Plain
This blog is affiliated with Anything But Plain, the Houston decorative painting and plaster company launched by Janie Ellis in 1989. The blog allows Janie and her team of artists to introduce themselves to their website visits, to showcase the many different types of projects they do, to share trend information and to highlight charitable events such as Red Nose Day. Blog posts include: “Beating the Winter Blues with Winter Hues,” “Who Said Wallflowers Had to Be Boring!?” and “Fashion Meets Finishes.” It’s also a venue for informing readers of their award-winning work.
Self-described "Renaissance gal" Rebecca E. Parsons, who may of you know from her decorative paint business “faux is me studios” and her many related teaching and creative endeavors, has built this blog-style online magazine as a source of recipes, decorating tips, painting tutorials, inspiration and so much more. Recent posts include “Rustic Painted American Flag Tutorial,” “Craft Do Over Painted Purse Tutorial” as well as inspirational stories from her personal journey.
The Magic Brush Inc.
This blog by Kansas City artist Jennifer Allwood focuses on painting, decorating and living courageously in your life and business. Here you’ll find painting tips, business advice, project photos and interesting thoughts about the creative process. Among her recent posts are a step-by-step of a bold green dresser makeover with decoupage drawers as well as some info about using leather paint.
A Fine Finish Decorative Art
California decorative artist Katie Fitzgerald is the founder of this blog covering the art and business aspects of the decorative arts profession. Topics include: “Walls Gone Wild…With Animal Prints,” “How to Consistently Make Money with Glaze Finishes” and “Outlet Eyesore? Switch It Up With Camouflage!” She also offers some interesting perspectives on wall décor, such as “Why White Walls Were NEVER a Good Idea.”
Spiegel’s Decorative Finishes
Eric Spiegel, decorative artist based in southwestern Florida, uses his blog to showcase some extraordinary projects, such as the graining he accomplished for a 100-foot yacht, while also dispensing “prescriptions” as his alter ego “Dr. Faux.” Some of his sage advice: Stop being afraid of color!
A Work of Art! Decorative Art, Murals and More
Sandra Gonzalez, decorative artist from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, uses this blog to highlight a variety of her projects with photos galore. One recent project turned a child’s bedroom into a “Frozen” masterpiece, while another showed the meticulous work that Sandra did for a master bedroom retreat.
Patrick Ganino’s blog is filled with star power. Scroll through the blog to see the larger-than-life mural he created of Dennis Rodman as a giveaway to the former NBA star’s fan base. You’ll also see some artwork Patrick did for character actor Burt Young and a report about his experience doing a live painting at an event to raise money for Rosie O’Donnell’s charity, Rosie’s Theater Kids. His subject matter: singer/composer Cyndi Lauper and theater owner Jordan Roth in honor of their Broadway Show, Kinky Boots. Fun stuff!
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