Silver Finishes, Silver Leaf, Silver Paint Effects
Silver leaf and silver paint can enrich both traditional and contemporary interiors, illuminating dark corners like hallways and stairwells and turning poorly lit spaces into stunning features. Nicola Thwaites Specialist Decorating offers silver leaf for decorative gilding of classical mouldings, furniture and architectural features. Less costly, Dutch metal is an alloy of copper and zinc also applied in thin leaves to create customized silvered effects. Also available: Antiqued and distressed silver paint finishes for a vintage look; hammered, brushed and satin silver finishes; and silver powder for a frosted effect. Base coats of red and ochre create a warm tone, while blue and umber lend a gunmetal or pewter cast. Silver paint finishes can be varnished for durability. Recent silver paint and silver leaf gilding projects include a restaurant in Mayfair, a suite at the Savoy, and a stairwell in a Regentís Park residence.
Clockwise: Antique silver finish, Textured silver arch, Aged silver with silver powder, Silver leaf detail