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Cold Comfort

Boston’s Back Bay is home to stunning architecture.
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Hidden to the eye of the passerby however is the rich and varied interior architecture and design. This interior house painting project on Marlborough Street is a perfect example; outside, an innocuous brownstone, discrete, genteel, just another well maintained Back Bay property. Inside, a striking homage to the original owner’s interest in Far Eastern culture and aesthetic.

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Catchlight Painting
93R Border St
Newton, Massachusetts 02465
(617) 734-1696
https://www.catchlightpainting.com/portfolio/

Boston
Massachusetts
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Mahogany trim, elaborate and decorative, is painted a jet black. Elephant tusk sconces are similarly lacquered then highlighted with a gold accent. Lacquered red walls offer depth and reflection - the red a broken strie rather than a purely opaque finish.
A thematic and immutable black finish in the wet bar; the smallest splash of color ‘pops’ here.
Opposite of the fireplace, an expanse of Chinese red lacquered walls and views onto Marlborough street.
This perspective reveals the room’s club-like atmosphere - quiet, mature, deliberate. Notice the markedly unusual ceiling - the painted geometric patterning includes swastikas - Eurasion cultures used this symbol to refer divinity and spirituality; it was also adopted to show auspiciousness and good luck. The symbol, having been perverted by the Nazis in the 1930s, led to the swastika adorned ceiling being wallpapered with grass cloth.
Before images offer a reference point and stark contrast to the finished image - here you can see the ceiling revealed and the walls in the process of resurfacing prior to lacquering.
Before images offer a reference point and stark contrast to the finished image - here you can see the ceiling revealed and the walls in the process of resurfacing prior to lacquering.

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