Broken colour and paint effects


Some random paint effects

Unfortunately paint effects don’t really lend themselves to being photographed. On this page there are a small number of different types of paint finishes that use such techniques as broken colour, graining, a little trompe l’oeil. If and when I have new photos that do show off the effects I will include them here.


Broken colour – yellow and silver room

yellow broken colour work

Yellow broken colour work with silver trim

The walls in this room were painted using a rag rolling technique utilising 2 different yellows. One a slightly orange yellow, the other a green yellow. The base coat was white.

The door panels used the same colours but were finished in a drag technique using feathers while the rails and styles of the doors were painted with silver paint.

It is a shame that the full effect isn’t apparent on the photographs.

Yellow broken colour work

Yellow broken colour work on walls and doors


False marble and antique paint finish

False marble

False marble paint finish

These two photos are examples of paint finishing. The door and pilasters are painted to simulate marble. The fielded panels below the mirror in the second photo have been treated with a stippled patina to age them a little. The gold leaf was applied by specialists.

Unfortunately, as mentioned, paint finishes do not photograph well.

paint finish

Patina and antique paint finish


Details of different paint effects

Painted wood grain on a metal door

Painted wood grain on a metal door

The first picture is an example of using glazes to recreate wood grain.

The brief was to match the pine gates of the house on the dull garage door. The carpenter freaked out at first thinking that the doors would be too heavy for the up and over pully system. He was impressed when he realised I’d matched his wood.

The brief for this second effect was to recreate peeling, cracked paint. It is painted on a sample board but was transferred to a dado of a restaurant. The finish uses a dry brush technique to give the paint a worn look.

Distressed paint finish

Distressed paint finish


Faux bois – wood grain effects

False wood grain trompe l'oeil

False wood grain trompe l’oeil

The door in the picture is in actual fact a flat metal security door. The bar asked me if I could make it a bit more in keeping with the rustic feel of the Tex-Mex restaurant. I grained the doors (there are 2, one can’t be seen in this shot) and applied features that a carpenter would have used to make the door. The result: a door that most people thought was wood until they touched it.

The grey wood was painted onto metal sheets. The brief was to make the sheets look like old weathered wood that is found in beach side shacks. This effect was for a bar on the Costa del Sol. I also did some sign writing for them on some of these metal sheets that you can see in the sign writing section of this site.

False wood grain on metal

False wood grain on metal


Using glazes to marble and grain

Pillars before paining

Pillars before paining

These awful pillars had to be painted to match the marble on the floor. I wasn’t allowed to course the pillars to make them look real (a bit of trompe l’oeil) with the result they look exactly like what they are, painted pillars. But the customer is always right.

Pillars after marbling

Pillars after marbling


wood grain effect

Changing pine into mahogany

The doors to the secretary’s office were pine, but the boss’ office was mahogany. I was asked to paint the boss’ side to match the mahogany of his domain. The first picture shows the pine next to the painted mahogany. The second picture shows the painted mahogany next to the real thing.

Wood grain effect

Painted mahogany next to the real thing