Sun-Drenched Den

from Paint Décor

Faux painting adds character to a family den. The leather-look finish is comfortable and stylish, perfect for the high-traffic area.


In college, Peggy spent time in Europe and developed a love for Mediterranean country style along the way. "It was there that I started paying attention to architecture and design; I loved the warmth and texture and the sense of age that you d see in southern France and Spain." With images of sun-stained stucco walls in mind, Peggy and Kramer warmed up the Lewises family room with a faux-leather paint job.

The technique is simple, and the effect is stunning. Over standard white-painted, orangepeel- texture walls, Kramer and Peggy applied a mix of tan paint and glazing medium. While it was wet, Kramer topped it with a sheet of plastic, smooshing the plastic to move the glaze around. When she lifted off the plastic, the result was a leathery-looking texture. Look closely and you ll see subtle geometry in the walls. Kramer created this look one rectangle at a time. Working in sections makes the treatment easier to achieve and boosts the drama. "The character of the walls changes as the daylight does; it's fascinating to watch," Peggy says.

"This room used to feel like a box," she continues. "Now, as my boys say, its 'awesome,' and it's one of our favorite places to be."

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