What was once a small, dark space illuminated only by indirect light from the adjacent foyer is now bathed an ambient glow reflected off Italian plaster walls and a gilded, Venetian plaster ceiling. To soften and formalize the space, the cinderblock walls were plastered in a creamy, Italian Marmorino Sahara Italian plaster, utilizing a technique that filled in the block patterning and applied a subtle irregularity to the plaster finish.
To highlight the arches and moldings, the stone surfaces were lime-washed and antiqued to produce a warm and aged patina. Complimenting the stone and plaster finishes, classical columns and medieval Sgraffito portraits pop as design elements. To draw the eye upward, the crown molding transitions to a ceiling border, created of Italian plaster with the same sandstone-toned finish. The highlight of the design space is the plaster ceiling, glowing in Stucco Milano, a gold Venetian plaster, illuminated by hidden, low voltage indirect lighting built into a narrow cove molding.