metallic paint faux finishes

metallic paint faux finishes
metallic ceiling

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Faux painted dome ceiling trends

Faux painted dome ceilings on Long Island are a specialty of renowned artist and faux painting artisan Arlene Mcloughlin. Domes of distinctions are many times found in the main entry way of grand foyers in Long Island Gold Coast mansions. These domes when treated witha decorative paint finish are incredibly beautiful statements pieces in a home. Many of the dome ceilings Arlene has done are faux painted with metallics, or plasters, these paint finishes are beautiful and durable. The other alternatives for these domes are murals, we have had the luxury of painting many murals on Long Island and especially in ceilings and domes. Pictured are a few of our favorite dome ceilings on Long Island.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mixed media popart paintings

I'd like to share with you some mixed media paintings I've been working on. I enjoy painting and creating celebrity pop art, one person I go to over and over again is Marylin Monroe, here are a few that I have done, using some eclectic materials, like pencil shavings, flowers, beads and epoxy. I hope tou enjoy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Long Island Muralist recognized for excellence by Houzz.com

Long Island Muralist Arlene Mcloughlin is proud to announce for the second year in a row, recognition from Houzz.com for customer satisfaction, and excellence. We have a full portfolio showing our high end work on Houzz.com, we offer color consultations, design suggestions, artistic painting, murals and faux painting. See our full website as well for new projects. Our facebook page is updated twice weekly with projects we are working on.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Plank wood walls

Plank wood, reclaimed wood and drift type woods are a hot commodity right now in wall decor. Recently , I have done several work for several clients utilizing real and faux painted plank wood looks. Depending upon your budget real wood can be installed relatively easily with a few power tools and an experienced crafts person. If your budget is more cost conscious a faux painted look can achieve the look of beahed wood, driftwood, or reclaimed barnwood. I'm including several photos showing numerous color options and styles.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Guggenheim Castle Designer Showcase

Arlene Mcloughlin is proud to announce her participation in a very special Designer Showcase. The Sands Point preserve is hosting its second annual Designer Showcase. In affiliation with Silvana Locciasano at Bella Casa Designs , the pair teamed up to create the ultimate luxurious "man cave" The room entitled "Play Like a King" features faux painted alligator , murals, venetian plaster, fabulous window treatments and details for royalty including leather game chairs, a custom poker table and more. The showcase runs at the Preserve from November 1 till the 30th

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sands Point Preserve Designer showcase

The 2014 Designer showcase at the Sands Point Preserve is located in the Hempstead House also known as the Guggenheim Castle. Our room won out of26 a place in the top 5 from Shawn Elliot Luxury Magazine. I am proud and excited to have joined forces with Silvana Locciasano of Balla Home Designs. Together we created our room appropriately titled "Play like a King" our man cave themed playroom is room 22 in the 26 room show featuring some of the best design firms on Long Island. Our room features an alligator faux painted accent all behind the fireplace, faux painted leather panels, a fantastic plaster finish with gold leaf and a trompe l'oiel marble fireplace surround. The ornamental plaster relieves, on the ceiling original to the castle were nuanced with gold leaf. Some of the artwork in the room as painted by me including the large joker, queen and king paintings. The staging done by Bella Home featurea rich wood poker table, fabulous leather chairs , stunning window treatments and beautiful masculine accents throughout. The showcase runs the entire month of November from 10-4 closed Tuesdays and Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 17, 2014

South Hampton Mural

The Gas Hampton Station on 39 got a big facelift this past summer, going from a dull grey box that had no curb appeal, to a fun fully muraled seascape that reminds every one who passes it that the vacation is about to begin. I spent about a week painting the Montauk lighthouse, cabanas, umbrellas and bathers on the three sides of the building . The customers stopping all day enjoyed the transition and watching it happen! The outdoor mural is weather treated and should last for years to come

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Nursery decorating trends and murals on Long Island

In the past few months I have been getting many calls for nursery murals , these calls are a bit different from the usual sports murals, jungle murals, and princess murals, Ive done in the past. My clients want something different for their baby nurseries, the trend in nurseries now a days is bling! Bling meaning glitter, jewels, foils, and metallics. Almost half of the nursery furniture is grey, platinum, pewter or rich dark woods for cribs and changing tables. Incorporating these elements into wall finishes, and murals is a lot of fun, some of the finished include faux painted argyle, stripes, fun patterns, and stencils. The murals themselves seem to be a bit more sophisticated, and less baby driven. Foils and gold leaf used in the patterns also add a touch of that royal feel for your little princess or prince.The photos included in this blog show a striped nursery with a cloud ceiling mural
, an airplane mural with a suprise 3 d element of a real propeler and finally a magnificent ceiling mural with metallic foils. see my website for more nursery mural ideas at www.arlenemurals.com

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Raising hopes and homes on Long Islands south shore and improving the appearance with murals

The after math of hurricane Sandy left an enormous amount of homes devastated as well as unsavable, many homes were left with the great task of raising their homes. After the homes are raised often on cement, or cement pilings people are left with an 8 foot slab or multiple collumns. In recent months I have been commissioned by a great many homeowners looking to beautify these concrete slabs. We just finished a slab 30 feet by 8 feet in Island Park area that faces a canal, we did a simple tropical scene complete with water , sky and palm trees. Exterior grade latex paints were used and the results are a very pretty alternative to an otherwise ugly wall. These murals are affordable and last an average of 10 years with out major touch ups. As always murals add a feel of custom artwork to any space interior or exterior, but in the case of raised homes on Long Islands decimated south shore these murals also offer an expression of hope and strength that these homes are done and finally passed the storm. for more murals see my website at

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Livingston , New Jersey Mural project. this mural project was exciting for me because it was in a new development in the prestigious Bel Aire section of New Jersey, the client found me on Houzz.com by viewing my idea books there and seeing my existing projects. we designed the mural to fit in pre existing boxes that were the focal point of the magnificent two story foyer. The client wanted a tropical feel that was muted and not over whelming. I used a soft color palette in soft shades of greens and golds, the walls were softly stippled first to give a nice warm background for the murals.