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Casting off the previous hundred years of architecture and design, Art Nouveau style created a sensation when it exploded onto the Paris and London scenes at the turn of the twentieth century. Although Art Nouveau may appear harmlessly pretty now, late Victorians found its flamboyance shocking, and most either loved it or hated it. It was the first truly modern design style, making a conscious break with history and tradition and beating down the barriers between the fine arts and the decorative arts.

Art Nouveau practitioners like Aubrey Beardsley, Antonio Gaudi, and Gustav Klimt took their inspiration directly from the curvilinear forms of nature, developing a new design lexicon of highly stylized natural forms and exuberantly flowing shapes. Applied artists like architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and glassmaker Louis Comfort Tiffany were not far behind, and spiderwebs, dragonflies, dogwoods, peacock feathers, poppies, locusts, and thistles soon buzzed and blossomed on wallpaper, furniture, textiles, and accents. Sinuous lines, elaborate patterns, and flat, asymmetrical Japanese-inspired compositions were carved or painted onto every available surface. Colors ranged from elegantly muted sage and mustard to opulent lilac, gold, salmon, and robin’s egg blue.


Art Nouveau Style

Ornament is the soul of Art Nouveau design, which held that no object was so mundane that it could not be beautiful. Must-have Art Nouveau accessories include art glass -- jewel-toned Tiffany stained glass, etched Lalique glass, or Galle cameo glass, which has a raised design cut out of the glass with acid, are good places to start a collection.

Mackintosh-style ornaments are widely available -- he designed everything from the Glasgow School of Art to jewelry boxes -- and elegant posters by Alphonse Mucha or Jules Cheret add a period flair to an Art Nouveau-inspired space. And while an original Tiffany lamp costs a fortune, Art Nouveau pieces were designed for mass production, and reproductions are widely available.


Hand Painted Floor Cloth

Freshen any room with this creative checker board painted floor cloth.

Antique paint glaze

The magic of a painted floor cloth can transform a common space into a unique and beautiful expression of you and your family’s personality. Use these versatile cloths for entrance floors, children's rooms, porches, or just about anywhere. Due to the hand painted nature of each floor cloth there is a great opportunity to customize an interior detail to the home, adding quirky elements and personal touches that help create these singularly unique painted floor cloths.

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Antiquing Video Tutorial

Turn ordinary objects into heirlooms! Creating the 'Classic Antique' glaze finish for objects, furniture, walls and more. This detailed step-by-step tutorial shows how to mix the right colors to create the perfect antiquing solution for any object, furniture, picture frame and more.


Lithos Venetian Plaster

Finishing Venetian Plaster with natural polished marble effect

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Lithos is the contemporary version of the famous ancient Stucco Veneziano. It is a beautiful and highly refined decorative finish for hotels, offices, shops, exhibition halls, living rooms, etc. Ideal for all types of interior surfaces such as cement renders, Gypsum plasters, prefabricated panels wood and its by-products, as long as sufficiently smooth. With the range of colours and the applicator’s capacity and inspiration, it is possible to attain a variety of designs and chromatic effects. The resulting coating, in addition to being highly attractive, is abrasion resistant and washable.

Spread rate: 35 to 45 sq. ft. per quart.

0.8 - 1.0 kg/m² (for a recommended dry film thickness of 1,0 mm)

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Elements of Art Nouveau Style

Rustic earth tones

Vibrant, colorful patterns underlie this design style.

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The Parchment colorwash. Creating the impression of aged walls, the Parchment finish evokes a feeling of history and old world charm. The color density varies over the finished surface and creates appearances of lightly mottled parchment. A soft and airy finish, the Parchment glaze is an ideal way to create mood and character in any room. I’ve found it to be an ideal solution for finishing irregular or textured wall surfaces.


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