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
While researching for beautiful tiled rooms the Turkish hamam, stands out as does moroccan tile. See my blog on Moroccan and Mexican tile here.
The Hamam is a kind of a sauna or steam bath, that played an important role in Turkish society. More than a wellness retreat, the local hammam was a spot for social gatherings, where marriage proposals were made to young maidens by elderly ladies on behalf of their sons and where men talked shop and cut business deals.
Hamams were also a testing ground for young architects. If they could put a proper dome over a hamam, they could move on to bigger projects like mosques.
Kempinski Palace, Istanbul
Even though the centuries-long tradition of hamam-going came to an end in the mid-20th century when each new home was installed with a bath of its own, the ritual of spending time in a Turkish hamam is now more of an indulgence that you can treat yourself to. Bridal hamams are especially popular with the younger crowd as bachelorette parties, where singing and belly dancing are a must. Here are fine hotel hamams.
Luxury Spa Istanbul
London, Harrods Day Spa
A traditional Turkish hamam has three interconnected rooms called the sıcaklık (caldarium), which is the hot room; the warm room (tepidarium), which is the intermediate room; and the soğukluk, which is the cool room (frigidarium). In the hot room, you soak up steam and get scrub massages from the hands of an experienced therapist. The warm room is used for washing with soap and water, and the cool room is for relaxing, getting dressed, having a refreshing drink such as pomegranate juice or sometimes tea, and, where available, a nap in a private cubicle after the massage.
Four Seasons, Marrakech
Crystal Palace Spa
Love the sinks. How about these from Compas Stone for your bath/spa.
Topkapi Palace Hammam
So much for the spa application for tile. Here are some great ideas for designing with tile.
Kitchen focal point wall for the sink.
Mosaic Tile backsplash
Love this look.
Palm Beach, Designed by De Biasi
Marble Tile Bath