Interior Finishes

By: Instudio  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Water Gilding, Silver Finishes

Special Decorative Interior Finishes

InStudio offers a comprehensive interior and exterior decorative finishes service.

Enhance your next project with a special decorative finish

Almost all surfaces and objects are suitable for a decorative finish, plasterboard, concrete, timber, glass, etc, although some finishes are more appropriate than others for particular surfaces. These finishes can also be applied to objects such as furniture. InStudio will recommend the right type of finish to suit your project.

Special decorative finishes provided by InStudio include :

  • A wide range of gold and metal leaf applications – for splash backs, mouldings, ceilings, walls, furniture, sculpture, decorative objects. InStudio can apply gold leaf gilding to glass, plaster, and metal, as well create murals and stencil effects.
  • Application, restoration and conservation of oil and water gilded objects and painted surfaces.
  • Water gilding (pure gold leaf up to 24 karat) – used on glass, wood and furniture to achieve a high lustre finish.
  • Special gold or silver finishes on acrylic sheet panels (pic. above right), glass and MDF – the high gloss finish adds instant drama and glamour to the product and space. Popular in hospitality settings, bars, wet areas or as screen panels .
  • Faux finishes, mural, rust/patina applied to doors or joinery to simulate an aged appearance or a shabby chic look.
  • Marbling, glazing and custom paint finishes on exterior or interior surfaces (see middle pic.).
  • InStudio can also design, shape, paint, letter and apply finishes to create a feature wall (pic. left).

Stylish three-dimensional solutions for interiors

Explore the possibilities of introducing three-dimensional solutions into your interior. For example, the creation of a grand over mantle or door surround using plaster board and a decorative finish can add finesse and interest to a plain shoe box-like interior.

A shaped wall and/or a multi-level wall can provide an exciting solution for commercial interiors such as shops.

Decorative finishes for hotels, offices, residences and super yachts

Examples of InStudio’s decorative finishes can be viewed at Dunedin’s Southern Cross Casino, Queenstown’s Millennium Hotel, and in Auckland’s Metropolis Hotel, Sky City Casino and Vero Building. Instudio has also provided decorative finishes for a number of offices, residences and super yachts in Auckland.

Keywords: Silver Finishes, Water Gilding,

Other products and services from Instudio


Decorative Objects

Change of color, design and seize is possible, we have a large range of design details, ornaments in stock. The mirrors and lamp bases are individually handcrafted and can be personalised to your specifications. A choice of alternatives for the standard mirror glass is available; add the extra cost to the price. The frames include a 3 mm standard mirror glass. The Provence is a larger mirror.



InStudio’s Decorative Art & Design courses aim to develop the student’s creativity and artistic capabilitiesin an informal and safe environment.The classes are designed for all levels of competency with or without any previous experience.InStudio offers the following three courses. The Interior design summer school will be held at Lopdell House Titirangi.


Painting - Decorative Painting, Faux Finishes

This course run in tandem with the antique restoration course. One morning per week 9.30am and finish at 12.30 midday. Saturday morning Classes: Decorative Painting. Location: InStudio, 7 Tanekaha rd. InStudio, 7 Tanekaha Rd Titirangi.


Introduction to Interior Design

This is a wonderful opportunity to be tutored by international designer Leonie Mae Tucker and Johan van Westen from InStudio. Leonie Mae Tucker and I have worked together for more than 5 years at Unitec and on a number of local design projects. Lopdell house has excellent parking and is right in the heart of lovely Titirangi village with its shops and cafes.


Restoration - Furniture Restoration

This course will introduce the student to the following aspects of antique furniture restoration. To guarantee a place in the course, send payment to: InStudio, 7 Tanekaha Rd Titirangi. 0604 Waitakere Or via internetbanking. Structural and non structural repairs.


Restoration and Conservation

Johan has worked and studied this art for more than 30 years both in NZ and the Netherlands.Most of the qualified antique restorers in NZ spend their time rectifying mistakes and damage. Recently Johan restored part of the interior of a historic church in Parnell Auckland. Our workshop offers an excellent antique restoration and conservation service. Reduce cost by using our our on-site restoration and conservation service.