Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Firefly Books (February 15, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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I found Paint Style at the library and after pouring over it for 3 weeks decided I had to own it. The photos are gorgeous and better yet captioned with specific (Benjamin Moore) paint colors and the techniques used to achieve the finish. There are also detailed instructions on how to achieve stippling, Venetian plasters, subtle tone on tone effects and bold patterning to mention just a few. A pictorial catalog of the tools and brushes needed also makes suggestions on how to use the tool for different effects. As a painter I'm always looking for something different and find this book as helpful for painting on canvas as it is on walls. Rarely does a design book stay on my shelf for long. With this book I found myself going back again and again to look and to learn. Now it can go back to the library for someone else to discover.
What is probably most useful about this book are the large pictures of finished projects. No matter how confused you are about what you want to do, this book covers so many different styles, colors, and kinds of projects that you should find inspiration here.I really enjoyed the vivid differences between the styles. So if you are going very modern, geometric designs, like those on page 113 will be useful. If you favor blue and white country, there are plenty of cozy, stenciled rooms. And for those who love tradition, you are bound to enjoy the lavish antiques and fabulously ornate ceiling on page 19.The books covers glazing, stenciling, stamping, geometric, textures and faux finishes. It delves into historical uses of color and how to chose a color palate.
Very easy to read and comprehend. Lovely presentation. Very glad to have gotten this one. I am currently doing a modified Tuscan Plaster finish in a very large room. This book gave me great insight into how to do it, and why to do it a certain way.
First came across this book at an internationally recognized architectural interior design studio firm in NYC. Unable to steal it without being detected, I searched for the title on and found it to cost only about $25-ish. This book covers every paint finish technique. As an interior designer and DIY enthusiast,I had expected this book to be either unavailable and/or to cost much more, as any professional design text would.
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