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Niermann Weeks’ Finish Library – The White Family

April 22, 2009

Joe loves new finishes, and we have accumulated about 500 different ones. The most popular ones we’ve sampled in our showrooms in display boxes.

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The difference from one finish to another, however, can be merely a matter of degree, ie. several shades less green tint. For instance, when I showed Joe our 40+ different variations on antique white, then several things happened:

* He became less eager to create yet another antique white.

* NW gave specific names to specific finishes.

* NW actually discontinued some of the minor variations.

* Clients more easily got the finish they intended.

It was a happy day. Our website today shows a mere 30 finishes in “Creams/Tans” and 70 in the “White/Greys” section.

image0044Chalk rust may be the most popular of the surviving antique whites. We call this a crunchy finish, as it’s composed of many different layers of plaster and paint. It’s supposed to look like the remnants of a fabulous gilded finish from the 18th century which has fallen on hard times. The gilding has eroded away, exposing the inner layers of plaster and dirt and rust.

It’s a great finish for a chandelier like our new Vivaldi, hanging here in our DC showroom.

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Because of its crunchiness, it doesn’t translate well onto a piece with a larger, flatter surface area, like this Venetian Bed. We’ve developed the more durable Venetian ivory and gilt for beds.

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image0104Camel and Silverleaf is a prime example of a whitish finish that does translate well from design to design, regardless of surface area.

It started out on our Neoclassical Urn Lamp which Joe designed with Charlotte Moss.

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We’ve now put that finish on:

A custom tall Charlus Etagere

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Our standard Annecy Settee and Chairs

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Our Versailles Bed

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