Outrageous Italian fresco walls; buon fresco!

Ethnic Chic about Italian fresco walls

For one of our previous projects we used fresco wall paintings; a typical Italian technique from the Renaissance period, which we all love! Get inspired by different frescoes, mural artist Lucinda Oakes and read everything you have to know about this great Italian craftsmanship.

Affresco from Italy

Fresco is a technique of mural painting applied upon freshly-laid, or wet lime plaster. Water will be used to mix the pigment with the fresh plaster and meanwhile the drying proces the painting becomes part of the wall. The Italian word fresco means “fresh”, see the fresco work we did for this great lake house with the magical Lago di Como view:

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Lucinda Oakes’s fresco paintings

Later new techniques for the fresco work were developed, like pinning the paper drawing first on the wall paper so the main lines would be visible. For Lucinda Oakes, bespoke painting is in her nature. Her father is the legendary George Oakes, who was part of Colefax and Fowler for 30 years, and she “learned a lot from watching him,” she says.

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About Lucinda

After graduating from the Art and Design in Britain, Oakes created and hand-painted silk scarves for her living, but one day she was asked to mural a garden room in Italian fresco style. “The decorator initially approached my father. He’d just retired, so he offered to design the mural and taught me how to mix colors and lay on background washes, marbling, grisaille, and tromple l’oeil,” she recalls. “It was then that I realized I could earn a living using my artistic skills in a practical way.”

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Fresco is one of those traditional and typical craftsmanship that should always be appreciated. We love the hand-paintings and especially if you reconstructing a villa in Italy and you want to keep the history alive. If you’re interested in fresco, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Credits: Architectural Digest, Lucinda Oakes, 1stDibs & Project by Ethnic Chic
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