Modern Mastery: Sylvia Thompson

This installment of our Modern Mastery series features the elegant works of New Orleans-based Sylvia Thompson of Sylvia T. Designs. She uses Modern Masters in unique and creative ways for many of her decorative finishes on various surfaces, such as walls and ceilings. We were so happy to come upon her work on social media and are equally happy to share her artistry with you.

Sylvia began painting as a teenager by taking lessons from local artists and then graduated from Louisiana State University with an Architecture degree. During this time, she developed an understanding of design, composition and color harmony. “I also grew up in the New Orleans area which helped form my artistic identity. I find the city inspirational with its raw and beautiful character,” she shares. With this knowledge, Sylvia began her decorative painting business, Sylvia T. Designs, in 1994, specializing in artistically rendered faux and plaster finishes, murals as well as furniture and cabinetry refinishing.

Metallic Paint and Stenciling on Elegant Powder Bath

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | ShimmerStone on Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Sylvia T Designs Pale Gold and Antique Bronze Metallic Paint were used the stencil the Foliate Damask Stencil from Royal Design Studio on the bath walls. A lovely custom shade of ShimmerStone on the ceiling completes the look.


What are some of your favorite Modern Masters products?

My go-to Modern Masters products is the Metallic Paint Collection. My most often used color is Pale Gold.

Copper Metallic Paint on Range Hood | Project by Sylvia T DesignsAfter prepping the hood, Sylvia based it with Benjamin Moore’s Audubon Russet. She then applied Copper Metallic Paint to the insets and Antique Copper Metallic Paint to the trim while an English Brown Metallic Paint overglaze helped complete the look.


How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters products have allowed me to continually offer high quality and artistically rendered finishes to my clients!

Striped Walls with Metallic Paint | Project by Sylvia T Designs with Modern Masters

Stripes with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Sylvia T DesignsClassic stripes take on a modern look with a chic color combination of blue and white with our Brass Metallic Paint.


What has been your most rewarding project?

The most rewarding project I did was a mural for a nursing home, Colonial Oaks Living Center in Metairie, LA. Most of the residents have been life-long New Orleanians. I painted the mural on an exterior blank wall of their covered patio. The mural was based on City Park incorporating native plants, trees and shrubs.  It was so rewarding to see smiles on the residents and their family members faces as they watched me paint the mural! They really enjoyed interacting with me while I was working!

Metallic Paints on Door and Stenciled Walls | Modern Masters | Project by Sylvia ThompsonPale Gold Metallic Paint on Ceiling and Walls | Modern Masters Project by Sylvia T DesignsStunning Hallway with Modern Masters Metallic Paints on Door, Ceilings and Stenciled Walls | Artistry by Sylvia ThompsonThe hallway is quite long with bedrooms off to each side and the master suite at the end. The owner wanted to create greater interest in the hallway so sylvia sprayed the ceiling with Pale Gold Metallic Paint. she used the same to stencil with the Anna Damask from Cutting Edge Stencils on the walls above the wainscoting.


We hope you’ve enjoyed Sylvia’s beautiful decorative artistry!  Many thanks to Sylvia for sharing her wonderful Modern Masters projects with us.  Be sure to visit her website, Sylvia T. Designs, to see more of her work and follow her on Facebook to keep up with her future projects.  Have an inspired day!

More from our Modern Mastery Series

Front Door Makeover

What makes for a great Front Door Makeover? Using a paint that has great coverage and dries quickly with a color that never fades. Modern Masters’ Front Door Paint has all those qualities – and more! All 24 colors were carefully selected, utilizing the Emotional Color Wheel and the latest in color trends and home design from around the world! But how easy is it to paint your front door?  Take a look!

Be sure to take a look at our Front Door Step-by-Step How-to Tutorial. One minute is all it takes for your front door transformation to start – a Modern Masters Minute, that is!

A Mix of Metals

Projects Mixing Metallic Paints by Modern MastersUsing our Metallic Paint Collection on your furniture, wall, trim and ceiling projects provides a touch of luxe shimmer to your surface — the bonus is that you have a seemingly endless variety of metallic paint color options to fit your style.  While many create gorgeous results with one metallic color, we found a few projects by our friends that used multiple metallic paints on different surfaces with great success. Read on!


Modern Masters Metallic Paint on Furniture | Project by Stiltskin StudiosStiltskin Studios used a mix of several metallic paint colors to achieve a richly colored bedroom set.  Black Pearl, Copper and Smoke Metallic Paints were used on the body, tops and hardware.

Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Table Project by Artsy Chicks RuleNancy of Artsy Chicks Rule is a pro at amazing DIY transformations.  She used Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint to do a table makeover and even added a handpainted compass.  Visit her metallic paint on furniture blog post for more details on this project!


Textured Wall with Multiple Metallic Paint Colors | Modern Masters | Project by Tracy WadeDecorative artist Tracy Wade created a beautiful decorative wall finish with our Texture Effects applied as a strie horizontal base pattern with Silver, Warm Silver and Pale Gold Metallic Paint mixed and blended on top. Zen Gorgeous-ness!

Metallic Paint Wall Finish by Unfauxgettable Interiors | Modern Masters Cafe BlogUsing several colors, including Copper and English Brown Metallic Paint, decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Canada’s Unfauxgettable Interiors finished a bath with a stunning, shimmery wall treatment.


Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Project by Heather Sanders | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHeather Sanders from 5th Wall Surface Design created an incredible focal point for a client. Using our Antique Bronze and Ivy Metallic Paint, she stenciled a beautiful Modello® Designs pattern onto the side arched walls of a niche. Striking!

Using Matte Metallics on Crown Molding | Modern Masters Project by designer Cynthia WeberDesigner Cynthia Weber pulled all her design elements together by giving it all a crowning touch: metallic paint on the crown molding! Using our Matte Metallics, she blended Champagne, Brass and Warm Silver at the same time to create a unique metallic trim finish.  Such a warm, luxe look!


Blended Metallic Paints on Dome Ceiling | Modern Masters | Project by Andrea Blair MurrillDecorative artist Andrea Blair Murrill has done several amazing projects with our products, including this 15′ wide dome. It was based with Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and then glazed with a blend of Pale Gold, Antique Copper, Statuary Bronze and Copper Metallic Paints. Be sure to stop by our Modern Mastery feature of her Broads with Brushes studio.

Ornamental Ceiling Painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Meme Hill StudioAnother frequent user of our products is Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio.  She’s done several creative projects and one of our favorites is this unique 12′ tray ceiling she based and glazed with several of our gold and bronze metallic paints as well as handpainted the ornamental design. Beautiful!

Are you now mulling over a mix of metals?  There are so many great ways to mix and blend our Metallic Paint Collection on many surfaces and we’d love to see how you do it!  Have an inspired day!

Shimmer On! More Metallic Paint Projects…

How to Paint Your Front Door

The Modern Masters Minute: How to Paint Your Front Door

We’re so happy to introduce our new YouTube channel series, The Modern Masters Minute!  Sixty seconds is all it will take to showcase many of the amazing surfaces you can transform with our products. We launch the series with our Front Door Paint and show how you can quickly update your curb appeal with a front door project that’s a snap to paint, dries fast, never fades and reflects your style perfectly!

Excited at how easy it can be? We are, too! Be sure to look for the free app on both iPhone and Android to see your front door instantly transformed with the 24 colors available. Hit the comments to tell us what you think about the premiere of our Modern Masters Minute – and if you love it, feel free to share the how-to video!

Instagram Inspiration

One of our favorite new social sites is Instagram. You can find us @ModernMastersInc as we love to share new projects, products and inspiration — but you know what we have found out?  You LOVE to share them right back!  We’ve found so many great artists and creatives doing beautiful work with our products and each day we find more and more images that excite us!  We thought we’d share some of our latest faves…

Refinished Furniture with Modern Masters Gold Rush Metallic Paint

So striking and so elegant! We flipped when we saw this small painted dresser project by Stephanie Yadon with the color Gold Rush from our Metallic Paint Collection. Be sure to stop by her Etsy shop, House of Willow.

Metallic Paint and Shimmerstone Stenciled Wall by Arlene McLoughlinWe instantly thought vintage-inspired classic romance when we spied these fantastic walls by decorative artist Arlene McLoughlin of Arlene McLouglin Murals.  She used ShimmerStone for the wall finish and Rich Gold Metallic Paint for the stenciling. You can see more of her fantastic projects in our feature of her studio for our Modern Mastery series.

Metal Effects on Vintage Mason JarsLes Bricolages is a vintage décor shop that up-cycles and repurposes furniture. We loved this sweet little share of mason jars refinished with our Metal Effects line.

Metallic Paint and Theme Paint at Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida | Project by Marable StudiosDiagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida recently opened and Aaron Marable of Marable Studios was an important part of the decorative painting process.  Here he painted and distressed our Metallic Paint Collection and Theme Paint to add incredible color and interest to the attraction. The picture was originally shared by Attractions Magazine on their Instagram account.

Theme Paint Art Mural by Matt Hebermehl | Modern MastersWe have profiled the talented artist Matt Hebermehl of SeeSAW before for his incredible 66′ exterior mural project with our Theme Paint.  On his Hebermehl Art Instagram account, he shared another amazing exterior commission created with our Theme Paints as well.

Front Door Paint in Happy Color | Modern Masters Project by Robb RestyleWith the recent release of our never-fades Front Door Paint, we have seen an increasing amount of beautiful front door transformations with each of the 24 colors available. Kristy Robb of Robb Restyle shared her door makeover with the color Happy. That’s exactly what we were when we saw it!

Aren’t all these projects amazing?  These are just the tip of the iceberg and we’ll be sure to share more incredible Modern Masters project finds with you soon!  Would you like to be one of them?  Follow our Instagram account and tag your photo with @ModernMastersInc or simply use the #ModernMasters hashtag. We’ll be on the lookout!

A Few More Modern Masters Ideas to Inspire…