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Faux Finishes

How to get creative with your walls with faux finish

Dating as far back as cave paintings and the Ancient Egyptian times to decorate tombs, faux finish, also referred to as faux paint, is the technique of using paint to replicate the design and look of other materials, such as marble, wood, and stone. Faux, the French term for “fake”, is just what the name implies. Faux finishes can give your walls the look of stone, marble, or wood, without them actually being such material. Faux finishes are cheaper for this reason too, since marble and stone are more expensive by square foot than painting the space.

Today, faux finishes are done by using one of these two techniques:

  • Glaze: a translucent mixture of paint applied by using a roller, rag, brush, or sponge to give off a textured look while still being smooth to the touch.
  • Plaster: uses tinted plasters, or can be washed over with Earth pigments, to give off that textured look. Applied with a trowel or spatula, you have the option here for the finished product to be smooth to the touch or textured.

Call a professional for best faux finishes

Unlike painting your walls one specific color using paintbrushes and paint rollers, faux finishes require expert skills and techniques to best give off the illusion of a textured wall. Calling an experienced contractor who has performed faux finishes before is key for the best results. Find your faux finish contractor match on HomePro Match today!


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