Pick up the April/ May copy of Austin-San Antonio Urban Home Magazine to see a design trends article on Decorative Finishes that spotlights Imago Dei’s work. Two featured projects were created by Interior Designer Laurie Pearson, of Laurie Pearson Designs. Imago Dei created the decorative finishes for both of these rooms (see images below.) And of course, the stunning photography was by Lynsey Jones of Lynsey Creative.
Decorative Finishes by Tavaner K. Sullivan
an excerpt from the article:
For as long as people have sought shelter, decorative finishes have been used to personalize, add character and complete a space. Whether the elegance of a plastered wall, the story of a mural or the mesmerizing detail of stenciling, all have stood the test of time and evolved into respected forms of art…
Jeremy Wells, co-founder of Imago Dei, approaches his decorative finishes in the same way he does his fine art; focusing on texture, composition and color. Because of his background in fine art, he pays particular attention to color theory, how layered colors create new colors and their affects on a space.
“You can’t pick colors in a vacuum. You have to approach it holistically and think about everything surrounding the surface that you are creating,” he says. “Take into consideration the light and the way it moves throughout the day and space, the flooring, fabrics, furniture and the use of the space.
In decorative finishes, portion and scale are just as important as color. For example, in his Houston office, Wells pairs a neutral, cool gray wall next with a smaller vivid and intense turquoise wall. An entire room of such a color would be exhausting, but in a small section, it is just invigorating enough. “There is a delicate balance,” says Wells.
When working with a large space, think subtle, and when going bold, think of sweets, Wells recommends. “If you eat too many sweets, you get sick. If you want to go bold, do it in small doses- an accent wall, a powder room, a vaulted ceiling.”…
When creating decorative finishes, Wells offers three essentials to keep in mind: 1) Work with someone who understands the purpose of the space and has the track record to create and achieve a beautiful space. 2) Not all finishes are right for all spaces. 3) Think of the space holistically and design a finish that will be well-suited for the room as a whole and does not compete with the other design elements.