What is a patina exactly? Classically, it is a corrosion of metal that adds a texture to a surface, eg the green on a copper bell. Increasingly, it is used to indicate long standing behaviours of age and use which result in a "deterioration" to a surface. Deterioration being the 'in' mode!
I have taken you for an extensive swing around Paddington Five Ways before. This building (from the 1890s) is smack on the round-a-bout and is a Thai restaurant. I think this is a decor that the managment is encouraging, which suits my taste. Around the doorway, you can see stencils of previous incarnations, eg 'registered milk venor', indicating that this was a typical corner store. I will go into the role of the corner store in the Paddington of the 19th and early 20th century next week.
I was trying to think of other words that could be used to describe this effect on buildings, and came up with: speckle, flecked. stipple, motley, potpourri, verdigris, farrago, salmagundi, hotchpotch (or hodgepodge) mismash and melange. Some suit more than others.
I quite like this - but I have liked all three that I have shown this week. Not to everyone's taste, I grant, and I suspect I would not want it in my living room. What do you think?