Favorite Paint Treatments for Walls {Friday Favorites}

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Happy Friday friends and welcome to another Friday Favorites!

Unique paint treatments for walls are probably my favorite type of DIY project to do in my home.  I haven’t done much of it lately but with some of these gorgeous paint trends and finishes that I’m sharing with you today, I’m really tempted to dust off my brushes and ladder!

Here are my three favorite paint treatments that are popular today in design and for more information about any of the images below, just click on the image and you will be taken to the source.

1) Strie Finish



via Modern Masters

via Modern Masters




Strie {pronounced stree-AY} is a paint technique that was originally created to simulate age and wear but it has evolved to become more of an elegant design effect not only on walls but also in fabrics, wall coverings and tiles.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous way to obtain textural effect and depth because of the two tones in color and the lines of the brush. There is a base color and then a top color glaze that is applied and dragged with strie brush. The closer/wider the bristles are to each other and the further apart the two paint colors are, will determine how subtle or bold the strie effect is.

Ralph Lauren has a beautiful linen-like strie paint treatment that they offer called “Indigo Denim Paint Treatment” that is a traditional strie application but for this technique, they go both horizontal and vertical for a linen/grass cloth look:


via Ralph Lauren Home

via Ralph Lauren Home


here is the Ralph Lauren Indigo Denim technique in very subtle lighter colors, which you can see gives the way beautiful texture and depth:


via Ralph Lauren Home

via Ralph Lauren Home


I am so in love right now with this technique!  I like to work with Ralph Lauren glazes and colors and they also offer the extensive how-to videos on all of their paint treatments, precise tools and products that make beautiful wall treatments so easy for anyone willing to give it a try:


Ralph Lauren Indigo Denim Paint Treatment


via Ralph Lauren Home

via Ralph Lauren Home


If you’re interested in learning more about the strie paint treatment, you can check out the Ralph Lauren Home for video tutorials and products.

3) Plaster/Lusterstone

via Segreto Finishes

via Segreto Finishes


Venetian plaster painted with Sherwin Williams #6488


via Segreto Finsihes

via Segreto Finsihes

Venetian Plaster by Segreto Finishes


Lusterstone added to custom paint color


Painted plaster on wallcoverings:

via Patricia Fisher

via Patricia Fisher


Plaster/Venetian plaster has been popular for a long time but the end finish continues to evolve and change.  Back in the late 90’s, the rage was thick Venetian orange-ish textured walls to look like something out of Italian villa.  The popular plaster finishes today are more subtle and simpler but still add depth to a wall through the chalky texture and color variation. To me, plaster adds character.

I have done Venetian plaster myself and learned how to do it years ago and I really enjoyed the process and I want to learn more about what I can do with plaster. Modern Masters has a large video library with tutorials and hands on instruction for how to use their products if you are interested in learning more about this technique.

If you’re interested in having the finish done in your home and have no desire to do it  yourself, you can contact a local decorative painter or local paint store for paint professionals who do plaster decorative painting. If you live in the Houston area, Segreto Finishes does amazing work!  Segreto’s website is a special treat to look through for inspiration and ideas and you will not believe what this company can do with paint!


3) High Gloss Walls/Enamel


via Met and I Loved It

via Met and I Loved It

via Modern Declaration

via Modern Declaration


via S.R. Gambrel

via S.R. Gambrel


via Phoebe Howard

via Phoebe Howard

High Gloss Brown Wall


High gloss painted furniture has become so popular in the last couple of years but now it’s making it’s way onto our walls and I just love it!  I do have to say though {being the neutral girl that I am}, for my own traditional home, I prefer this treatment maybe on an accent wall in a rich navy or a small powder room in a gray blue safe neutral color.   If you’re looking to spice things up a bit and add a little glam to a space, this is treatment packs a glamorous punch!

There are not a lot of “how to’s” on creating a high gloss wall but I did find one article here that is really helpful if you are interested in this treatment.

I love all three of these treatments. I can see each of them in different spots in my home.  I think the strie will happen a lot sooner than later and would be perfect in my dining room.  Now I just need to decide on colors!  So what do you think?  Do you have a favorite here?

Lastly, I wanted to announce the winner of the $25.00 gift certificate giveaway from the fabulous Etsy shop, In or Out Media and the winner is…..


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Comment #4 is the winner, which is Jeanne!  Jeanne check your email for information!  Congratulations!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Julia’s designs and Etsy shop, you must take a peek!  So many beautiful designs!  Thank you so much Julia for not only for hosting the giveaway but also for creating our beautiful printable of the month:

Free Printable {set of 4} 5 x 7 Love Prints


Have a great weekend friends!




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12 Responses to Favorite Paint Treatments for Walls {Friday Favorites}

  1. Kathy says:

    I like the plaster look. I actually was curious, in that we have plaster walls – we deal with a lot of cracks – so, for our bedroom I did a treatment to highlight, so to speak, the cracks. The high gloss look, definitely, to me would be best for an accent wall – it is so bold!
    Great post,
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    • Cyndy says:

      I have heard that some people who have the plaster treatment get small cracks. I would think that would add to the finish? Maybe not. Yes, that high gloss is very interesting and I like it a lot but it would have to be in small doses! Have a great weekend Kathy!

  2. Deb says:

    Hi Cyndy:
    I drool (literally) over the work of Segreto! Their work in person is incredibly gorgeous. I am wanting to do a plaster finish in our guest bath but afraid I will compare it to theirs and feel like a failure. Ha!!
    Great post – as usual!
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    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Deb!! I know, I feel the exact way about Segreto! I cannot ever imagine getting a finish as beautiful as they do it! I think though with a little research and practice, I think you could get a beautiful finish. I love all of their cabinet finishes too! Have a great weekend Deb!!

  3. Mary Ruth says:

    LOVE all of the images! You really woke me up this Monday morning! I even had a re-think on high gloss paint!

  4. Mary Ruth says:

    I am thinking of using this in my hallway, might reflect light nicely, I have orangepeel (or knockdown) texture and I think it might make an interesting play with light! Will let you know IF I actually do it! I have satin (pale aqua) finish on my wall now.

  5. Marjorie Hall says:

    Hi, I love you website, I was looking for the recipe for chalk paint for the wall. I thought I’d seen it on your site, but can’t seem to find it…..Thanks, Marjie Hall

  6. I like your website content very much,can I on my website reprint your article?

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much. Please do not reprint my post on your website but you are more than welcome to post an image and a link to my content. Thank you again.

  7. Jessica says:

    Is the Strie technique possible on knockdown finished walls? I’m not sure if the effect would be the same because of the texture.


  8. Sophia says:

    I have used the Ralph Lauren linen technique on my walls but now I would like to give them a different look. How do you go about prepping, removing and painting over the linen effect?


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