The walls in our India pied-à-terre are very new, and I want them to look very old. Walls are on my mind lately because when we visit Chennai soon, I will paint. I will plan the ideas, I will do the tedious prep work, I will transform with color and textures. I will savor the whole process — the fun and the sweat. Here’s inspiration photos I’ve been collecting of walls …
My apologies for not knowing all sources of above photos. If you know of sources, please share in comments.
The wall below was photographed by Suzanne Dimma and shared in House & Home. It is in an old, abandoned hacienda near San Miguel de Allende:
Below is image via William Zanotta:
Via photographer Sarah Maingot:
Via This Is Glamorous:
Via Belle Notte Linens:
Via Sharyn Bromley:
Via Interior Decline:
Via Desire to Inspire:
Via Design Amour:
Via Style Me Pretty:
Via Arabella McNie:
Via Flickr, truly old walls in an abandoned castle in Spain:
Next two via John Dugdale, a Hudson River Farmhouse:
Via Flights of Whimsy:
Via Enrique Menossi:
Via Virginia Macdonald:
Here are old dilapidated walls of the ballroom of the Lee Plaza Hotel in Detroit, from the Ruins of Detroit book:
Here’s the thing. What’s the difference between walls looking intentional and appropriate versus looking like walls that you couldn’t afford or couldn’t bother to finish? What’s the difference between messy and dilapidated, and fabulous? How do you make sure your results are on the positive side of these?
To get an effect that looks random or subtle, I realize it takes great care and effort, having done effects similar to these. See my tutorial that shows how to paint new walls to look old.