About Rising Tide

Rising Tide Inc. is a decorative contracting firm opened by Tom Hickey in September of 2005 after 20 years as an artist, manager and a partner at Baltimore/Washington's largest and best known decorative painting company. Our core philosophy is based on a commitment to integrity, and building strong relationships between designers, artists and clients that will guarantee quality, satisfaction and pride in the final outcome for all parties.

Rising Tide offers first quality workmanship in a complete range of decorative interior finishes such as murals, faux finishes, stencilling, gilding, woodgraining, marbleizing and italian plasters, as well as general housepainting and light carpentry as related to complex decorative interior schemes.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, and with a secondary base in Rehoboth, Delaware, Rising Tide serves the entire region, including Washington, DC and Annapolis, with a special emphasis on the Eastern Shore and the Mid-Atlantic beach resort communities.

Our Philosophy

There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves Or lose our ventures.Julius Caesar (IV, iii)

The name "Rising Tide Inc." is intended to express not only my admiration for the elemental rhythms and power of the world we live in, but to declare my optimism for the future - for myself, my family, the region, and the relationships that I will forge through this business. The name is intended to be a constant reminder of the collaborative nature of the design industry, as well as a promise that those relationships will be formed for the mutual benefit of every participant - customer, designer, tradesman and employee. It is also meant to convey the firm belief that our core values of quality workmanship, honesty, commitment and trust, form an unstoppable basis for the success of every venture we undertake.

I hope to hear from you, and look forward to building an exciting and beneficial relationship, serving all of your decorative contracting needs.

Tom Hickey
President, Rising Tide Inc.

Awards and Press

Washington Space's 2008 Design Competition Website

Winner of the Washington Space's 2008 Design Competition for The Grand Château kitchen project. Read more here >>

Maryland Public Television Logo Rising Tide was featured on the MPT ArtWorks program on June 18, 2008. Visit MPT's web site to read more.

Home and Design Logo

Rising Tide was part of a team that made this stunning kitchen redesign happen.

Rising Tide on YouTube

Rising Tide on YouTube

Rising Tide has a YouTube presence with videos, courtesy of Willy Richardson, showing us develop murals and finishes in our studio and on job site. Learn more about our techniques and process. Watch some now.


U.S. Green Building Council MemberRising Tide is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.