Walls with antique painted motifs set the mood.
With summer drawing to a close, it’s a good time to plan painting projects, swapping out textiles or perhaps papering a wall or two. And what better place to start than the bedroom which so many of us are prone to set up and forget or put off redecorating until last. I love oddball or bohemian bedrooms which I see as the ultimate personal expression in an importantly intimate room. Each of these are keyed to faux-painted walls with antique fresco and fresco-style motifs. While painting on wet plaster (a.k.a. real fresco a al Michelangelo) is an arcane specialty, there are always stencils.
The wall behind the bed sets the overall tone in an art collector’s Malibu bedroom [top] where fresco artist iLia Anossov created a pale fragment of an ancient-world frieze on the wall. Such a remnants of Rome look goes perfectly with a fairly basic whited upholstered headboard and a suzani used as a blanket cover. Other modern print fabrics also would blend well.
Another bedroom, where garlands and a faux mirror are painted to look like a faded past, things takes a darker turn due to the color of the chair rail section of the wall. Stylist Amanda Talbott keyed in with winter midnight tones for the bedding mixed with interesting accessories like the striped steamer trunk and sweet chandy. So bohemian and romantic, too.