While thinking on the marketplace theme, these images came to mind…cobblestones, bricks, awnings, wrought iron…vibrant colors in the form of flowers, vegetables, hanging plants…and plenty of people!
Due to the fact that The Grapevine is a multi-purpose space with tables and chairs being moved on a weekly basis to accommodate various activities, multiple accessories were not a viable option. So to begin creating an atmosphere of a marketplace we began with the best decorating tool out there…paint! Using paint to turn plain concrete blocks into stone and square support columns into brick.
The color pallet.
l-r Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray 7504, Macadamia 6142,Artisan Tan 7540, Kaffee 6104, Wild Currant 7583 and Sommelier 7595. I don’t know the name of the existing wall color but it is close to SW Hopsack 6109.
The top four colors were chosen as the pallet for the stone. Staying within the shape and pattern of the concrete wall, I began to paint. There’s really not a formula for this look except to remember to keep it random. Continuing to vary the colors and keeping the whole wall in mind as you paint.
Using a 3″ wide flat paint brush, each block is painted a different mix of the four colors. Brown & gray, tan & cream, gray & cream, tan & brown…etc. As you paint, your paintbrush will become mottled with different variations of the colors you’re using. This just adds to the variety of the “stone” you’re creating. The “grout” is the existing paint color.