13 May 2015

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Quality materials, great design and painstaking attention to detail were all essential to ensuring the customer was delivered high quality damask effect walls without any of the lines and joins that are associated with wallpaper.

The stunning finish to the walls throughout the hall, staircase and landing of the attractive property near London’s Sloane Square, was achieved by using Aliva UK’s Metropolis Colour range of polished and textured plaster, paint and resin.

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David Isles from Regency Plastering Limited, the contractor for the project explained: “Our brief from Stephen Ryan Designs was to achieve a vintage Damask effect, their idea was that the Damask had been peeled away after many years but had left an everlasting effect on the plaster substrate. Once we had agreed on a suitable pattern we went to work with our sign makers to make it all fit into the required spaces. It needed to be bold but not overpowering.”

Tom Kitchener, Metropolis sales manager, explained the delicate process: “The expert craftsmen at Regency Plastering undertook the project by applying Metropolis Italian lime-based plaster, which was tinted to Old Time Max grey in the Metropolis Colours collection, to the walls in one coat and leaving it to dry. They then placed approximately 50 Damask patterned stencils over the first layer and applied a second layer of plaster. When the second layer of Old Time Max started to cure and was slightly tacky they very carefully removed each stencil, which could take between 30 and 60 minutes for each.

“When all the stencils had been removed the craftsmen completed the concrete effect with a hand trowel, and then lightly sanded the edges to ensure the crisp neat finish.”

David Isles added: “After a few tricky days setting out and applying the stencils we were ready to start applying the top coat. Jobs like this always push the boundaries of what’s achievable with plaster but once the stencils started to be removed we knew we had achieved our client’s vision and created a stunning finish.”

Spanning the spectrum, Metropolis Colours are a carefully crafted collection that enhance the aesthetics of any wall and give interiors a whole new dimension.

The range, which is displayed in Metropolis’ new London showroom on Wigmore Street, showcases 13 different Colours in lime and acrylic-based plasters and paints for talented interior designers who want to create avant-garde fine finishes. The products are breathable and washable and can be easily refreshed when required to ensure a long-lasting interior finish. With everything from metallic and pearlescent paints to a look-alike slate finish.

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