Hello! I’m thrilled to announce ANNIE and FELIX SLOAN, authors of the forthcoming book ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color’, as our EXPERTS for the ASK THE EXPERT SERIES here on the KI NASSAUER Community! Annie and Felix will answer YOUR questions on the topic of style and color. With Annie’s Fine Art background and depth of experience in color and paint techniques, combined with Felix’s design background, this highly knowledgeable team is ready to address all your interior color and style dilemmas!
Here’s how it works:
Feel free to post questions NOW through Thursday, October 9th, 2014. Annie and Felix will check-in and answer your questions Monday, October 6th through Thursday, October 9th.
Let the discussion begin! Have fun and happy junking!
About the book ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color’:
Annie Sloan has written her first book about interior design, co-authored with her designer son, Felix: ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color’. The new book (to be released November 2014, CICO Books) examines nine popular styles: Bohemian, Neoclassical, Vintage Floral, French Elegance, Traditional Swedish, Coastal, Rustic Country, Modern Retro and Warehouse. With gorgeous images of artists and designers homes throughout Europe; the background of each of the nine styles is explained. As you would expect from the ‘Queen of Paint’, the book includes ideas and sketches, mood boards and practical tips on how to achieve the looks in your own home.
Check out this sneak peek of what you’ll find in the book!
A note from our experts, Annie and Felix:
“I chose interior design as the subject for ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color’ because I frequently hear that people can’t get things to look right in their own interiors. I believe this is because they need to really think about what their own personal style is, rather than be swayed by the latest trend. This style can range from anything: Bohemian to Modern Retro; most tastes are a fusion of many styles. In addition, it is important to understand the style of the property you are working with.”
“Our goal in ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color’ is to explain each of the popular styles and show how it is possible to work with a number of these successfully, without slavishly keeping to just one. We are all eclectic and have various pieces of furniture that we need to incorporate in our homes. We very much believe in avoiding style clichés: Coastal style doesn’t need to be all about seashells. If you love Neoclassical, for example, you might think it is not possible to replicate this look in your home, but we show you how to incorporate those style elements with other styles.”
Read about Annie and Felix:
Annie Sloan trained as an artist, receiving her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Reading University, England, in the 1970s. She started decorative work on commission, painting murals in houses. By 1988 Annie had written the phenomenally successful book, ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’. Unable to find the paints she wanted, she applied her knowledge to creating her own brand of decorative paint, Chalk Paint® in 1990. In 2000 Annie set up shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint®, run courses and offer interior design services. Now there are nearly 1,000 Annie Sloan Stockists worldwide, and an ever-expanding portfolio of complementary interiors products. Annie has lived and worked in Oxford for the last 25 years; her husband David runs the business with her. They have three sons.
Felix Sloan is Annie Sloan’s middle son and has worked in the family business for over 15 years. Felix has a BA in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Art and has developed the Chalk Paint® brand alongside Annie in recent years, in his role as Brand Director of Annie Sloan Interiors. Apprenticed to Annie from a very young age, Felix has worked with her behind the scenes on her last four books. His previous work as an interior decorator specializing in decorative paint effects exposed him to many different interior styles and decorating techniques. Felix lives in Oxford with his partner Lizzy and their baby daughter Willow.
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We’d like to thank Annie Sloan and Felix Sloan for answering our questions re: style and color! It was such and blast! We can’t wait to get our hands on their forthcoming book, ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Color’! The book can be pre-ordered here!
Annie and Felix’s work on the Community is done- but don’t be shy! Feel free to continue the discussion with other community members here! Also, keep checking the sidebar here on the KI NASSAUER Community for info on our next expert!
Thanks again Annie & Felix!
Thank you Annie for answering our questions. I have been studying pieces that have a really natural layers with 3 or more colors and a chippy look and I’m trying to figure out the best way to do it so that it looks like the chipping “just happened” over time.
1. Other than distressing, crackle medium and the wax puck, are there any other ways to get this look? Or, which of these methods do would be best?
2. When you have multiple layers on one piece, do you paint JUST sections of a piece with different colors and then paint a solid coat of the top coat over the entire piece, and then sand and distress it off?
Attached is a picture of the technique I’m talking about.
Hello TheSplatteredSmock! The easiest way to achieve the chippy look with Chalk Paint® is by really allowing the paint to get very thick. Leave the lid off your can of paint or decant into a bowl and let the paint thicken for a day or two. Then layer the paint on thickly and unevenly – you can even do this with a spatula or knife. Once dry, knock it off with a piece of coarse sandpaper or the end of your brush. The paint will come off in large chippy lumps – it looks great!
If you take a look at Annie’s last book, ‘Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’ there’s a step by step project in there to help guide you along.
On the example you sent, it looks like two layers, not three. You could do the base coat in Primer Red from the Chalk Paint® range (applied thickly and unevenly as above) and then your second (normal) coat could be a mix of Aubusson Blue and Louis Blue. As the second coat is a mix, you could vary the mix as you go so it’s the colour varies throughout.
Finish with Annie Sloan Soft Wax once the paint has dried. You could also use some Dark Wax to give an aged patina.
Annie and Felix
There is so much about chalk painting and mixing the wonderful colors that I do not understand. I see pieces I love, but can’t always figure out how the color is achieved. Can you please help me with this picture by telling me what colors were possibly used and in which order? I have a much smaller buffet that I would love to replicate this on. Thanks to Annie Sloan for all your great advise and pictures for inspiration!
Hi Monica, Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and try mixing colours!
Rather than starting with a perfect piece that you want to copy exactly (a very difficult thing to do without the same lighting, piece of furniture and painting style!), take inspiration from it and start experimenting.
Annie’s last book ‘Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’ is full of tips on mixing colours so that you can understand the theory behind it and give you confidence to experiment and play with your own mixes.
You can also always go to your local stockist who will be able to help you find confidence with colour mixing, too!
Annie and Felix
Hello Annie & Felix, I have a beautiful southern style farm house and when I moved in, my style was more of the shabby chippy vintage architectural cottage style. However, I seem to have evolved from that to industrial to now incorporating some mid century pieces into the mix. My questions is, do you think it is possible to successfully mix these styles within a southern style farm home and what colors should I focus on to bring my home out of the the chippy white look to something a bit more updated?
Also, I love color so when we moved in I painted almost every room a different color, all in warm autumn tones. Is there a rule of thumb for color on walls in a home, and do you think it’s OK to have so many different colors in a home?
Hi Margo, We have a whole section in our new book about style fusions. Mixing different styles to match your personal tastes is of course the way to go!
Colour is a great way to bring together disparate elements and create a cohesive look. Maybe on some of your shabby chic pieces you could look at changing some of the handles or repaint them to update their style.
We are excited to hear people like you moving towards using more colour in their homes. It’s great to have different colours throughout your home! Maybe look at focusing on two to three strong colours, and one or two neutrals at the most. For an industrial look, why not try painting a wall in Graphite from the Chalk Paint® range. That will update the whole look of a room immediately.
Have a colourful time!
Annie and Felix
Hi Annie and Felix,
We have recently moved into our house. Time to make the Husbands den/TV room over to fit the style of the rest of the house. Room is small 11′ x12′.Our taste is eclectic between contemporary and industrial, like to repurpose odd items for today’s use and time.
Enclosed a picture of the adjoining great room to give you an idea of colors and style. Just hung some old stripped porch doors with barn track for the opening of the room. Like the color of the doors now but wondering how to get the new pine trim to match that white washed look? picture enclosed.
Handy Husband is starting to built a base wall unit that will hang with a French cleat above the floor for the TV to set on. Two more base cabinets will fill in each side of the middle unit. They will all have doors on them. We have lots of books and knic knacs that we would like to display on this wall. Any ideas for shelving? Thoughts on how we should finish the pine? paint/stain/oil/color? Walls are a soft blue grey, trim currently white, and carpet is soft blue grey. Not crazy about carpet, open to new floor ideas, something durable as we have two small dogs.
Stuck on what treatment to use on that big window with the arch in the room. Morning sun streams in so we need something there. Husband says recliners have to stay, but he would welcome any ideas for the chair side of the room to make it more interesting.
Hope some of this makes sense. Open to any tips/ ideas that you come up with. Looking forward to purchasing your design book when it comes out in November.
I feel quite honored to have you both answering to my design dilemma
Thank you, Karla
Hi Karla, What a great space!
It’s very easy to create a whitewashed look on new pine. Use Old White from the Chalk Paint® range. Paint it directly on to your pine trim, let it dry and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. You can choose how much you wipe away so that it matches the level of whiteness that you want. Once dried, seal it with Annie Sloan Soft Wax.
Why not finish the rest of the pine in the room in the same way?
From the adjoining room, we can see you’re not scared of colour, which is great! In your den, maybe think about bringing in a very strong or dark colour behind your big chairs. What about a nice strong blue? You can bring even more colour and interest into the room by incorporating a rug.
You should make it look more personal too! The space should reflect your style and feel like it’s truly yours. Think about maps, family photos, things that reflect your hobbies and great memories.
Annie and Felix
Hi! And Help! I am terrified of decorating. So much so that I have yet to put anything on my walls! I have purchased a few things I like but do not know where to begin with placement or pulling a cohesive look together. Any pointers?
Hi Bkernodle, First of all, don’t be scared! What’s the worst that can happen? You can always repaint, if it doesn’t work out the way you want it to.
How about starting with a sketch book and creating a mood board? Collect bits and pieces that you like together. You can staple in fabric swatches, colour swatches, magazine clippings. Put things in the room that please you and don’t worry about what other people think.
Take a colour you like and work with it, using dark versions of that colour and then pale versions of that colour in the room. Then try incorporating a contrasting colour as a highlight to create a little excitement.
Keep it simple and enjoy!
Annie and Felix
Do you recommend using polyurethane on chalk painted furniture instead of wax?
I find the wax streaky, and fingerprinty despite my best efforts, sometimes. Love the paint!!!
Hi Cindy, We almost always prefer to use wax. It gives a beautiful soft finish. Polyurethane gives a very different – quite plastic – finish, which can be appropriate for some projects.
If your wax appears to be streaky it is most likely because the paint underneath it is streaky. The wax will bring out any unevenness in the paint, even if it’s not noticeable before waxing. This is a common problem, usually caused by pressing too hard with the brush or going back and forth over the paint too many times.
Why not visit your local stockist, I’m sure they’d be glad to help you perfect your brush technique and achieve the finish you’re looking for.
Yours, Annie and Felix
Hi I am excited to be painting my very first piece of furniture with your paint and paint products! I do have a couple of questions with regard on how to get this look with the picture attached below? I have painted the entire piece duck egg blue and am wondering what the next color or step should be. I also have Old White and Provence, as well as a Gilders Paste in Antique Gold. I really want the detail of my dresser to look like the frames and am wondering what colors do you think I should use on the top, I am doing a French style bedroom and just love this technique an color choice, any help you can offer would be so appreciated Thank you so much for hosting this forum.
Hi MimiSpeer, What a great project! This is a nice choice for a French style bedroom.
Are you painting over a gilded frame? How about using Provence over this now? Try dry-brushing it on, perhaps focusing on the deeper recesses.
If it is gilded, use a damp sponge to wipe off some of the paint layers until you start to see gold coming through on the more raised parts of the piece.
If it’s not gilded, use a damp sponge to wipe off some of the Provence layer to reveal some of the Duck Egg beneath. This should create a lovely, almost verdigris look. Then, you should be able to apply your gilding paste to the raised areas with your fingers.
Bonne Chance! Annie and Felix
Hi, Love everything about your paint !! Thank you so much for sharing all of your secrets.
My questions is regarding using a liquid sealer in lieu of wax. Will you be coming out with a liquid for furniture/cabinetry?
I paint professionally and have completed over 25 kitchens. My biggest concern is hot grease splatter on the waxed cabinets.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to your reply
Hi Christine, Have you tried using Annie Sloan Lacquer?
We love wax best for most projects. We love the way it ages and distresses, so it works really well with a two-colour finish. Annie’s kitchen cabinets are actually finished with wax and have lasted a good 10 years. They’ve developed a beautiful patina. Wax can show up grease stains, particularly on lighter colours, but you can always touch up or re-wax.
If you’re looking for a lasting smooth and clean finish, a liquid varnish like Annie Sloan Lacquer may be the answer.
Yours, Annie and Felix
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