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 over options with a friend my name came up. Several years ago, I had painted his roll top bath with a faux marble finish, and he had been very happy with the results.

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 colourways. The client’s home already had many bespoke features and he really valued quality craftsmanship. I have spent over 20 years refining my technique and he loved watching all the different processes and techniques I used to create the effect.

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 harmonise with the other aspects of a room, 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. The client was over the moon with the results and saw the marbling as an original piece of art and a genuine talking point, wondering how many people when they first look at it will think it’s real marble….


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Based in Yorkshire, Lee works as a faux finish painter throughout the UK and is within easy reach for projects in Harrogate, Leeds, York, Wetherby, Otley, Ilkley, Ripon, Skipton, Wakefield, Halifax, Doncaster, Pontefract and all the surrounding areas.