Loosely based on the finish created by using Italian travertine
marble, I created my own look with subtle shades of taupe paint. I drew my
design layout on paper first to determine the color placement. This makes it a
lot easier to keep track of what color needs to go where!
marked off 18" squares along two walls. I divided the 18" into the
width and height of the walls.
I started the squares in the corner (the focus as you enter the room) any
remaining amount will be at the opposite end of the wall.
ended up right on (yeah!). I used blue painters tape to mark off my first
squares to be painted.
Depending on the
baseboard trim you have the last row of squares (I have 5), may not be quite
You have to stagger the taped areas as you can't paint
right next to another row until the first has dried.
original walls were white, which I used as one of my colors. I bought a quart
of pale taupe latex wall paint to use as my darkest shade.
Then I mixed 50/50
the original white paint with the taupe to create my third color.
goes fast as I'm actually only painting 2 colors - the third being the wall
the first step is dry, I can tape the next section to be done. See why the
planned layout on paper is a good idea?
keep repeating painting squares as earlier ones are dry until all the painting
mark off on my paper layout which squares have been painted so it's easy to see
which need to be done next
finished effect is fun and really brightens the room! I left the other two walls
the original white color.
- especially when your colors are such a close shade
to each other.
It makes the embellished walls much more of a focal