Bamboo has been a popular design motif since the 18th century. But decorative painter Brian Carter had a fresher, cleaner look in mind when he updated this beige bath.
Carter used painter's tape to create 2- to 4-inch-wide stripes on walls painted with Benjamin Moore's
Shaker Beige. "Make the stripes different widths for the most natural look," he says. Starting at the top, he brushed on glaze in sections 9 to 12 inches long, leaving every other one blank—and making sure to offset the sections from one stripe to the next. Once the glaze was dry, he filled in the blank areas, overlapping brush marks to create the nodes. The walls were done in a weekend.
"Oil-based glaze dries slowly, so you can keep the color even and clean up any mistakes," says Carter. Using a 2-inch-wide brush, he created translucent stripes, overlapping glazed sections an inch or so to suggest the nodes on stalks of bamboo. Tip:
"Choose a tint for your glaze that reinforces a color in the room," Carter says. "The raw umber I chose here brings out the shading in the limestone tile."