Faux Finishing

What Is Faux Finishing?

Creating subtle or dramatic textures to add warmth and seamless beauty to your walls and or furniture.

A Brief History Of Faux Finishing

Faux Finishing has been used for millennia, from cave painting to Ancient Egypt, but what we normally think of as faux finishing in decorative arts began with Stucco and Plaster Finishes in Mesopotamia over 5000 years ago.

Faux became very popular in ancient times in the forms of faux marble, faux wood, and Trompe l’oeil Murals. In the late 1980s and early 1990s faux finishing started to become extremely popular, as wallpaper began to fall out of fashion.

There are two major processes used in faux finishing. Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but is always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with pigments, and is generally applied with a spatula or a trowel. The end result can be either flat to the touch or textured.