Rumor has it that good things come in 3’s and that was certainly true in this home. The home had 3 white mantels that needed to be transformed with artistic finishes. The objective was to give each one a unique personality that would elevate them beyond ordinary.
These mantels had very different architectural styles. A sophisticated monochromatic color scheme flowed throughout this home. Utilizing multiple faux finish techniques, all with the same colors, the mantels now accommodate the unique style of the individual rooms. This is how it was done. . .
Mantel #1: Contemporary
Straight lines defined this mantel as contemporary. The sleek architecture was emphasized by continuing the appearance in size of the marble/ travertine inset. The addition of a faux painted marble technique visually enlarged the proportions and gave it a more dramatic scale for the space.
Mantel #2: Traditional
The prominent bold raised design on this mantel is reminiscent of a traditional or old world style. Adding a faux texture created the illusion of intricate hand carved stone and brought the details to life. The matte sheen and dimensional effect work to soften the glossy surfaces that are prominent in this room.
Mantel #3: Casual elegance
Being a terrace level recreation room this mantel had simple architectural details that celebrated a casual living area. Two different decorative techniques were used to unify the natural elements in this space. A faux painted travertine technique was used on the straight surfaces as an outline. The texture over the curved elements created dimension and interest by relating to the floor tiles and stack stone immediately outside. Together, these artistic finishes blended the colors and added a unique focal point to this room.
Although the color tones for each mantel remained the same, it is amazing how paint and texture products can be manipulated to accommodate many different styles. It just goes to show. . . neutral doesn’t HAVE to be ordinary!
Which one is YOUR favorite? Be sure to let me know.