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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gorgeous grisaille

This photo featured in yesterday's round-up of Michael S. Smith's work received a lot of comment love. It dovetails perfectly into a post I was going to title "Grisaille*, Disco, and Supergraphics" featuring the two photos below.

What do you think of juxtaposing a centuries-old painting technique with a groovy 1970s decorating flourish?

Jason Schmidt Photography.

Jason Schmidt Photography.

*Grisaille is painting term referring to monochrome compositions usually rendered in grays or browns.

19 comments:

Jon A said...

Hmm, I learned something today. :0

Would you also consider the technique in the second two photos to be a trompe l'oeil? The illusion of depth jumps out at me, and not that I'm any kind of expert, but it strikes me as very, very unusual to carry the technique across the three different surfaces (wall, wainscoting, and doors).

hello gorgeous said...

I LOVE it! I am in the midst of painting my bedroom gray. Although I'm not sure I picked the right gray and because it didn't match the sample, I'm not sure the paint guys can duplicate it when I need more.

Gray paint selection tips?

citysage said...

Just gorgeous. I'm a big fan of anything grey/brown to begin with, but pairing it with something glam is such a lovely counterpoint!

Cristin said...

Love that first room... it was my favorite from yesterday's post... and not digging the disco ball one bit.

erin@designcrisis said...

I need another house so I can redecorate again... those are two of the most amazing rooms, EVER. I am totally obsessed with disco balls, too.

HG -- paint: I only know BM, but Abalone is pale gray, Silver Fox is medium warm gray, Harbor Gray is very neutral, Thunder is a rich medium gray, Revere Pewter is a greeny gray. No gray looks the same in different rooms, and they never look the same as the sample cards. Good luck!

Raina said...

Trompe l'oeil, or "fool the eye," usually refers to a composition which creates three dimensional depth with hyper-realistic imagery.

So if the landscape on those walls was painted in such a way to suggest that one was actually standing outdoors and could touch the bark on the trees, it could be called trompe l'oeil.

As it is, it's simply a beautiful landscape.

A classic example of trompe l'oeil:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pere_Borrell_del_Caso

erin@designcrisis said...

Hi, just came back to press "Swoon" again...

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

"grisaille" is such a great word. oh, and I love all three rooms.

Raina said...

HG, grays are difficult. My only advice would be to paint good-sized test swatches on the wall and check the colors every few hours.

nkp said...

I'm with Erin, love the disco ball, love the grisaille, love the juxtaposition of the classic room with the groovy treatment. Boo hoo, I want another house to decorate too!

David said...

HG, when I bought that dresser from the cute boys downtown I asked about the wall color in their grey living room.

Sherwin Williams Mega Greige. Give it a look, it's a warm grey. They've got white trim and black floors and it's perfect.

I also agree with painting some big samples and checking throughout the day. Things change with the light, especially neutrals.

Kate said...

Love the mix, especially with the wooden floors to warm it up a bit.

Decorina said...

Hate the disco ball...the 70's weren't all that great the first time. But love the painting.

sherri said...

big surprise, but I love the disco ball and the paintings togehter. and once again, thanks for educating me on the design tip.

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Any room with a disco ball rings my bells! Whats with the light brick thing on the floor I wonder?

Raina said...

Dunno, but then it makes as much sense as the disco ball.

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Dunno - you are sounding so Aussie! (HAD to say!)
oh I just noticed the 'moire' chair in the bedroom pic - hmm, I'm not so sure about that!

hello gorgeous said...

Thanks, everyone!

I had selected Revere Pewter but the gallon I ordered had a pink undertone (which Erin knows it doesn't have). So they tweaked it to something I liked which does change colors throughout the day.

They matched more yesterday (but I have yet to see if it matches). Maybe I'll post pictures.

hello gorgeous said...

I am back for one more look. I am obsessed with this now and must recreate it. It would go perfectly in my mbr.

I love the chandy, btw, if I did not already say so.