Nearly all of the custom antique faux’ finishes that we do here at Cathouse Beds, came about as a result of customers, decorators and clients that happen to have something they wanted their antique iron beds “finish”, to blend with. The most common items are material swatches from items like dust ruffles, blankets, pillows or just sheets, that the customer wants their finish to blend with……..not necessarily match in color, just comfortably blend and work along side.
Although the most common things customers send me to work with are material swatches……..paint chips are almost as popular. With a tangible paint chip in hand, there’s really no misinterpitation of what the client wants and their verbalization of that color. We all have different names for colors. So it’s really impossible, unless you’re referring to a primary color, just what anything else really looks like from a verbalization. When discussing particular colors with a client, I can offer suggestions and get a good feel for what they want. But I would never attempt to try and do any “finish” outside of our standard custom finishes that can be seen on our company Facebook page and ourwebsite, without something tangible to be able to match colors to.
One of the more unique and unusual items I’ve ever been asked to match, was a copper pot. My client happened to have an antique copper pot collection that she had on shelves on the wall in her bedroom. To really nail the look she wanted I asked her to send me one of her copper pots, that best represented the finish she was after. he photo of thatcopper pot and the sample we did for her is in a photo on this page.
Another unique item I was asked to work around and match as closely as possible, was a drawer pull from Restoration Hardward. It was a beautiful little “pull”, with a very subtle mineral bronze look to it. You can see what we came up with in one of the attached photo’s on this page.
One of the things that make iron beds such a desirable decorating item, is their ability to adapt to just about any decor and any color scheme. When considering a custom finish for you bed frame……always consider it’s surroundings and how much you want the bed itself to either be highlighted, with a strong contrast to it’s surroundings , or downplayed so other items in the room are the center of attention. When that is the case, you’re going to want to select a finish which fades into the background and doesn’t stand out.
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