Ideas For Today ‘The Best Dressed Wall’ From Villa Vizcaya
James Deering’s Sitting Room was Vizcaya’s finest interior. Artist Paul Chalfin had sole responsibility for the interiors. He worked from F. Burrall Hoffman’s architectural drawings which show the rooms as unfinished concrete boxes. Rooms of today remain boxes into which a design is achieved with the use of the furnishings. Let’s introduce ‘The Best Dressed Wall’ to showcase rooms which are more than the furnishings. Where the walls are the design which the furnishings compliment. This Italian Directoire room is both masculine and extremely delicate. The wall between the windows is a great inspiration that can be easily and affordably duplicated today.
This picture focuses on the wall between the windows. The space has been nicely divided with a wide border which works well for the entire room. One way to achieve the border is to use blue painter’s tape to mask off the border and paint your border color. From there you can choose from one or all of these options; stencils, faux finishes, moulding and ornament.
Here is a very nice panel moulding with an embossed design. The detail will look great if you choose to use a glazing technique or highlight for the finish.
Home Depot 8′ x 5/8″ x 3/8″ $4.99
The moulding which was used on our inspiration wall is quite narrow. The most difficult part of installing this double border will be the mitering of the inside moulding.
A great resource for border stencils is Royal Design Studio. If you choose ornament, a running design like a bell would work. The size of your border will determine how large your corner rosette should be.
For the middle, my favorite finish for a best dressed wall was developed by Victoria Bingham of Buon Fresco Academy of Fine Wall Artistry. First she does a fabulous venetian plaster and then adds a stencil design with wax. The finish has shine, depth, color and pattern. The center of our inspiration is actually silk.
The master’s bath is surprisingly timeless which is saying a lot for a vintage bathroom. The handsome marble panels could be duplicated with faux marble and then real ornament added to the centers.
Italian Urn style 11614
Love the idea of using muses for panels in a bath.
This vanity is not practical with no doors, but I do love the grill on the face with everything else that is happening in the room.
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