Grisaille is a term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour. A full color painting requires more time and skill than one in monochrome. Grisaille was often chosen as a quicker and cheaper alternative, although it was also chosen quite deliberately for aesthetic reasons, in order to create a specific visual effect. I love monochromatic rooms and adding the artistry of grisaille does create a fabulous effect. Fifty Shades of Gray is consistently my most popular post with the best collection of gray interiors. I have a number of wonderful examples of grisaille if you choose to revisit these posts here are the links: Fifty Shades of Gray 2016, Fifty Shades of Gray in Classical Interiors 2015, and Fifty Shades of Gray 2013.
I am in the process of designing a brunaille mural. Paintings executed in brown are referred to as brunaille. The term brunaille was coined in the early 17th century by the French to describe pictures painted in shades of brown.
Here is the Powder Room mosaic tile floor.
The color palette for the brunaille mural will be similar to this lovely mural.
Brunaille murals/paintings are less common than paintings executed in grey (grisaille), though more common than those in green (verdaille).
Love this verdaille mural by Jean-Baptiste Pillement.
Grisaille paintings resemble the drawings, normally in monochrome, that artists from the Renaissance on were trained to produce; like drawings they can also betray the hand of a less talented assistant more easily than a fully coloured painting.
Grisaille composition was often modeled to resemble sculpture, either relief or statuary. It is an excellent choice for trompe l’oeil murals.
Beautiful example of brunaille mural.
Gray Scale for grisaille.
Hermitage decorative painting.
Putti holding a swag.
Grisaille Paintings and Murals
Love the use of panels for the grisaille artwork. Beaux-Arts wall panel kits at $200 for a finished panel are a perfect choice for this look.
some of these are wallpaper.
Love the touches of color in this mural. I plan on adding some colorful elements as well.
Love this. Great use of light.
Same mural as above.
Cutting Edge Stencils offers the ultimate mural components kit.
de Gournay Wallcovering
Rundale Palace was the location for the BBC miniseries War & Peace, starring Lilly James from Downton Abbey.
A client who loves the Baroque style wanted me to see the Throne Room/Gilded Room wall panels.
The panels are an amazing example of Scagliola. See my blog The Art of Scagliola Today. In addition to the scagliola panels, my client is interested in large ornament for her Great Room. The ornament is fabulous.
Rundale is considered the Versailles of the Baltic. The land was purchased in 1735 by Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron for a summer residence. The Baroque palace was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Construction began in 1736, but proceeded slowly because part of the materials and resources were transferred to the construction of Jelgava Palace, a project which was more important for the duke.
Jelgava Palace or Mitava Palace is the largest Baroque-style palace in the Baltic states.
Today, Rundale Palace is one of the major tourist destinations in Latvia. It is also used for the accommodation of notable guests, such as the leaders of foreign nations. The palace and the surrounding gardens are now a museum.
The miniseries is so well done. Eight episodes in incredible rooms with gorgeous period costumes. Another wonderful room is White Hall.
White Hall underwent a 10 year renovation.
I found these great closeups of the plaster work.
So beautiful. The artistry is amazing. I am ready to visit. And there is more…..
Riga is the capital of Latvia. It is famous for some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Latvia is home to the widest waterfall in Europe: Ventas Rumba, at 110 m (360 ft) wide, though only 2 m high.
Riga is the birthplace of the Christmas tree (500 years ago).
More beautiful rooms from Rundale Palace.
Scagiola panels and large hand painted ornament.
Ceiling Medallion in a Premium Finish.
Rundale Entrance Stairway
Really love this hand painted garland. Subtle and elegant.
The ornament in this room is very unique.