Today, I was working on another pair of those very elegant cornices. Half of the fleur de lis was a patina green and my client did not want that color in her living room. Also, they were a bright, bright gold leaf finish and she wanted me to tone the gold down a bit.
I'm seriously busy working, concentrating and I forgot to take a photo of the bright, bright gold and you can see a bit of the green, that I'm covering in the top photo. They were really beautiful, but the green and bright gold, just didn't work in this room.
A dark chocolate brown is the color I used to darken or tone them down. I used a small brush and painted small areas and then, wiped off with a rag and left dark brown in the crevices and folds. After I finished with the chocolate brown, I used a metallic gold and swiped my brush all over the fleur de lis, making it tie in with the rest of the colors on the cornice.
My client was approving each step and she was very happy with the final finish.
THEN, I forgot to take a photo of the finished cornices!! I think I will be going back for more work, next month and will try to remember to take photos. The only problem would be, if they've already been installed 20' high on the wall, above the most beautiful windows that overlook landscaping and a golf course. That could be a problem for my picture taking!!
So, if you have something that is just too colorful, wrong color, etc., just use another color and age it, patina it, change it!
(maybe those windows are 16' or 18' high. I'll find out when I go back, but they're very, very high!!)