Faux Marble Paint Effect Arch

Project details - Faux Marble Paint Effect Arch

Faux Marble Paint Effect Arch, Thorner, Leeds

For this faux marble painting project I was based in the lovely village of Thorner, near Leeds. The client had been looking for a decorative solution for his archway for some time and whilst talking options over with a friend my name came up. A number of years ago I had faux marbled the friends roll top bath and he had been very happy with the results – a stunning jet black with white and grey veining.

Faux marble work is one of my absolute favourite specialist paint effects to do, and after an initial phone conversation, I was eager to visit the home and see what options I could offer.

During the consultation I showed the client various sample boards, each showing various designs, styles and colour ways. The client’s home already had many bespoke features and he simply loved the idea of having a decorative artist create a truly unique and hand painted ‘piece of art’ for his archway.

As you can see from this ‘finished’ photos, the archway is the divide between a beautiful handmade burr oak kitchen and the dining room. When painting faux marble the colours can be individually tailored to complement the other aspects of a room and in this case it needed to complement not only the wood of the units but also the real marble of the worktops. With this in mind it was agreed that that the colours of the archway would need to be slightly lighter than the worktops but have the same sort of patternation.

I have spend over 15 years refining my faux marble effect and this was a really lovely project to do. The client was over the moon with the results and loved watching all the different processes and techniques I used to create the effect. He now has an original piece of art and a genuine talking point, how many people when they first look at it will think it’s real marble? 🙂


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