DECORATIVE FINISHES

What exactly are Decorative Finishes? 

Faux finishing or decorative painting has been used for millennia, from the caves in France to the tombs of Egypt but what we generally think of as decorative finishing began with plaster and stucco finishes in Mesopotamia over 5,000 years ago.

Obviously the material art has evolved, but the concept of using paints, stains or other two-dimensional tools to enhance a surface and 'fool the eye' (trompe l'oeil) into believing its something different remains the same. 

In the mid-nineties when decorative painting was at its zenith, Julie Hardridge was building a reputation as THE go-to finisher and problem solver in the area.  Her talent and work ethic sustained her business through word-of-mouth for 10 years.  Her work can still be seen in beautiful homes and businesses from NY to CA, restaurants in Times Square, to the Governors Mansion in Hartford.

mural using trompe l'oiel technique that gives the illusion of space, texture and distance

Faux wood grained sample set

Faux Finished Grisselle Marble Panel 

trompe l'oiel portrait modeled after old world portraiture technique

Panoramic wall Mural in Dining Room 

food inspired ceiling mural for high end organic food company

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