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Expert Tips on Decorative Paint Finishes: An Interview with Erica Shoemake of Glamm Interiors

By Erica Shoemake

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Glamm Interiors is a residential and commercial interior decorating company specializing in custom window treatments, custom bedding, decorative faux painting and remodel/new construction consulting. I used to own a home accessories store in Katy and I have been making homes and businesses in Katy and West Houston fabulous for eight years.

Can you briefly talk about what decorative paint finishes are and where they can be used?

Decorative finishes can be as simple as a applying tinted glaze over a solid paint or as elaborate as creating a heavy textured finish with paint and glaze, such as Tuscan plaster. Decorative paint finishes can be used in just about any room to create a subtle accent, like in an art niche, or a dramatic statement in a rotunda ceiling.

What are some of the most popular decorative faux finishes and/or designer treatments that people in Texas are requesting?

Various multi-layered glazing techniques, metallic finishes and hand-trowelled plaster under paint with a glaze overlay are all very popular in Texas right now. In some cases, I am even combining different finishes to create unique looks.

How is the price/cost usually determined for different painting projects?

Pricing on a decorative paint project depends on the size of the space to be painted and the decorative finish selected. Certain finishes are more labor intensive than others and a large room or tall ceiling adds to the time and resources required to complete a project.

What are some of the benefits of having decorative painting in your home?

Decorative paint finishes help create that "Wow" factor that you won't find in many other homes. I love creating a focal area where there was just a plain Jane space.

What advice do you have for a homeowner who is thinking of going with a "regular" painter or DIY for decorative finishes?

Most standard painters are not trained or practiced in decorative paint finishes. That's not a bad thing. It's just best to work with someone who is skilled in the finish you are wanting. Also, most homeowners do not necessarily know which finish they want, they just want "faux painting". Someone who is skilled in decorative paint finishes should have samples so you can see the different finishes he/she can prepare.

As for DIY, it can be fun to try something new, but certain finishes are not for the impatient or faint of heart. Some finishes require four or five different steps that must be applied consistently over you entire space. That can be a bit daunting or frustrating for someone who is not prepared for the work. I have come in on many projects to "fix" the work of untrained, inexperienced painters or homeowners who gave up half-way through.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

I can be reached by phone at (832) 368-9968 or e-mail at elshoemake@glamminteriors.com. Also, check out our website at glamminteriors.com.

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