Guest Blog by Brooke Cribbs of Cribbs Style
Paint has always been my number one DIY go-to when transforming any space. You can instantly change the vibe with color – and now, also with movement using Romabio Velatura Mineralwash decorative paint.
Two years ago we built our dream home, and this year I was approached by American Farmhouse Style magazine for a feature. After brainstorming projects with Romabio over the last year, I knew I wanted to create a new media room space for the magazine article using Romabio Velatura Mineralwash. I was already drawn to the rich, curated colors that Romabio offers in their Interior line of mineral paints – The Mighty Mineral Paint, as American Farmhouse Style calls them – so this collaboration worked out perfectly. Brainstorming for my media room project, I was completely intrigued by the movement you can achieve with Velatura Mineralwash, and decided to use it to create a focal wall.
I am thrilled with my media room, and my family loves spending time in this space watching all our favorite TV shows and movies. I am so thankful that with the help of Romabio, I was able to bring my design to life.
Brooke Cribbs, Cribbs Style
I love the limewashed wall look, but I wasn’t so sure about the commitment of doing a deep texture on my brand new walls with Italian plaster. While I enjoy trying different things, as a creator I often change things up and, the thought of needing to fix a textured wall did not sound fun at all. However, after consulting with my friends at Romabio and watching a tutorial on their website, I knew Velatura Mineralwash is just what I was looking for – the movement of color without the added texture, and just the feel of flat paint.
Deciding to try it out for myself, I grabbed a piece of sample drywall and tested a few color options. Velatura Mineralwash is a fairly simple two step application process. In the first step, use a wide brush and apply the product (undiluted) in a crosshatch, or “x” design, across the board. Once that coat dries you’re ready for the final, artistic layer. In a separate mixing container I added the Velatura Mineralwash and a little bit of water to created a diluted mixture of the same color. This part is a judgment call, the more water and dilution the easier it is to create movement. For the second coat, I applied that mixture in the same crosshatch motion and before my eyes I could see the movement of color like monochromatic clouds on a canvas, and the variation in tones.
For my media room I wanted to create a focal wall behind our large TV to give an authentic theatre feel. After consulting with my friends at Romabio, I decided to have a bit more fun to achieve a more dramatic effect. I chose the color Navy Steel as the base color and first coat of Velatura Mineralwash, and applied it to the wall the same way I did the sample board. For the second step of the process, I used the Navy Steel in two shades lighter and diluted to create even more movement. Know that when you order any Romabio paint from an independent paint retailer, they can custom tint it for you.
Using a combination of the crosshatch and rag roll method, I could see so many variations of light and dark making it the perfect backdrop on this wall. I loved how I was able to customize the look of this space and the best part. . . so can you! Using Velatura Mineralwash was truly a DIY friendly way to add the high-end limewash look to the media room. Since the product is a flat finish and self priming, it essentially acts like a primer. So, it’s an easy swap of I ever change my mind down the road and decide to do something different. (But between you and me, I don’t think that will ever happen because this wall is truly so beautiful.)
The application process was easy and the color variation is gorgeous and definitely a conversation piece in the media room.
Romabio Interior Mineral-Based Paint
To create an even more dramatic effect in the media room I used Navy Steel in Romabio Low Lustre Interior/Exterior to paint the ceiling, and walls. For a polished look I used Romabio Satin Interior/Exterior paint on the window trim, and the back of the door also in Navy Steel to make the media room even more cohesive.
I’ve used various paint brands over the years and after using a mineral-based paint line, I can definitely see the many differences.
Why Mineral Paint? Mineral-based paints have rich finishes. I assumed that going from using builder-grade flat white paint to such a dark paint I was- setting myself up for a lot of work. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Romabio’s Interior paint covered the space so well. I only had to give it a second coat because I missed spots not because the paint didn’t cover.
I was also surprised that even though I essentially covered every inch of that media room in paint, there was virtually no smell. I’m used to paint having some sort of lingering smell and that’s not the case with Romabio’s mineral paint. Romabio’s mineral paints are designed in Italy using natural Earth minerals, which not only make the colors rich, but are also non-toxic.
I want my family to enjoy this space, but I also want them to be safe in it too.
Where To Buy
While Romabio is known for their amazing Exterior mineral paints, they offer a line of Interior mineral paints that are sure to make your home gorgeous. Romabio has a curated line of Interior colors and whites and neutrals, or as mentioned, you can have their paints custom tinted at your local independent paint retailer. You can also find their products on the Romabio Amazon Storefront – including what I used in Navy Steel.
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