Sunday, August 31, 2014
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
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.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
This is a recent project I just finished in Glen Head NY. The chinoiserie style mural is all handpainted and comprised of a total of 17 separate vignettes. When I was approached by the designer to create this chinoiserie painting I was asked to take into consideration the clients home which was a traditional center hall colonial with very traditional lines and moldings. The Clint did not want the design so filled in as was the case with many wall papers in this classic chinoiserie style. I designed a macquette with a more open design using flowers and bamboo leaves specific to the clients tastes. Since the walls were separated by breaks and moldings I decided to create each mural as it's own chinoiserie panel as opposed to one continuous panoramic mural. The result in a soft grey \ blue background with cream colored leaves and florals is a dreamy soft oriental inspired show stopper when you enter the home.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Continuing trends in faux painting and decorative paint treatments on long island this year seem to be still holding strong with a more updated and clean look. I am getting requests for more venetian plaster, more troweled tight Lusterstone and the ever popular metallic paint finishes. My best selling finishes are still the metallic tissue paper finishes, i have less requests for tuscan or mediterenean looks. Metallics applied in simple layered washes, over texture and in pattern forms are trends worth paying attention to. Metals don't have to mean contemporary or modern, these finishes can still radiate that arm home look that people like, these paints from Modern masters, and Faux Effects come in such brilliant colors that the options for a gorgeous back ground or accent wall are limitless. I really like using these paints on ceilings and in murals, the effects are stunning.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
A growing trend in the remodeling business on Long Island is hand painted or refurbished kitchen cabinets.the benefits of painting a pre existing kitchen are huge. the savings of thousands of dollars in comparison to buying new cabinets , as well as the freedom to actually design your own paint job. I have painted numerous kitchens in a distressed, shabby style. More recently I have been getting requests for black, red, grey and metallic cabinets, many clients do thier island a different color which is also very fresh looking. Repainting your cabinets is a relatively painless project as there is very little dust or disruption, the job usually takes about 3 to 5 days and the results are stunning.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Trend alert! The Italian look in plasters is still a strong look on Long Island in the faux painting world. The look is being accentuated with heavy rough plasters, stenciling and a modern twist of foils, leaf and metallic accents are giving the look a new and modern feel. The foyer pictured here is a two story foyer with a heavy knock down of a terra cotta Venetian plaster , the wonderful millwork is stained dark and really frames the beautiful gold foil tray ceiling as the focal point of the room All painting done by Arlene Mcloughlin Mural studio
Saturday, November 9, 2013
This gorgeous ceilings was a pleasure for us to work on, located on beautiful Central Park West, the room screams of subdued elegance. With the lovely millwork, and high ceilings, the coffers needed a very soft feel. We applied a light base coat of Benjamin Moore dove grey to the ceiling, then a soft glaze faux finish using Benjamin Moore wolf grey. The effect is a soft cloud like glaze inside the boxes. Next we added a little "bling" with a 1/2 bead of silver aluminum leaf along the outer edges of the moldings. The effect is quite stunning, with out over powering the room . For more faux finishes, glazes, and decorative painting in Manhattan, and Long Island please visit www.arlenemurals.com
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Here's a fun weekend project that I have collaborated on with my friend Howie Byrnes. He takes care of the asphalt, pavers and general construction of the custom backward basketball court and I do the painting. We have done several of these custom basketball courts the latest one is a New York Knicks colored and themed court. Located in Massapequa , N on the water the back yard view s magnificent! What better way to enjoy a family basketball than your own backyard court. We use industrial paints from Benjamin Moore . The basketball key and 3 point arc are all to NBA standard measurements.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This spectacular home in Rockville Centre NY was finished about a year ago. We had the pleasure and the challenge of finishing the main entry way foyer. The focal points in the foyer are the 28 foot dome ceiling surrounded by large coffers. The dome has a copper faux finish with textural tissue paper. The coffers are treated with luster stone plaster and a hand painted all over stencil pattern. The walls have a soft multi colored faux finish glaze treatment. We extended the stenciling and plaster to the staircase underside as well. The spiral staircase has rosettes that we aged and gold leafed. The final results are an extremely warm, and inviting entryway that is opulent and grand with out over whelming.