Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. The naming comes from the French word faux which translates to “false”. These techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but have subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes like leather, stone, fabric and metallics for walls and furniture. Throughout this site you will find all types of finishes both "real" and "faux". Whatever finish you decide on, I have hundreds of possibilities for you to choose from. I look forward to working with you on your next project!
Over time all the finishes we create have been lumped into the category of “faux” but a lot of the ones you find on this site are real finishes, like venetian plaster. True venetian lime plaster, made of water, limestone and marble dust, has been used for over 5,000 years. The process of producing these materials has remained nearly identical - only modernized by machinery. Many of the Italian lime plasters I use are used for historical restoration in Europe. This is not just using paint or glaze to make something look stone or marble - when the water evaporates from the plaster, what remains is a limestone veneer.
Like some of the real finishes, true faux finishes like faux wood (faux bois) or faux marble have a very long history in design as well. Examples of faux marble can be seen in the ruins of Pompeii. Faux wood has also been used throughout history, including the Renaissance. Even early Americans utilized many faux painting techniques in and on their homes. While the word faux might bring to mind images of sponging and rag rolling (ugh!), the industry is so much more. As artists, we are endlessly inspired by new products, like metallic plasters and glass beads, to create new application techniques while also giving a nod to our past.
Since the first century AD, plastering techniques and processes remained much the same. While always in use, it was rediscovered and made popular again in the Italian Renaissance. Artists and architects embraced it as both an old and new technique, and venetian plaster became a highly desired finish for walls. Whether you want heavy texture, a smooth polished finish or a concrete look, I have an option that will work for you.
Metallic paints and plasters are wonderful as a simple accent or a dramatic statement. Available in paints, powders, plasters, foil and leafing, they can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces. Metallic pigments (or pearlescent or iridescent pigments) capture and play with light. They can be used for traditional or modern finishes and every style in between.
Adding a faux finish to cabinets is a fantastic way to make them look new and save money. Places where I commonly enhance previously painted surfaces with faux finishes include: kitchen cabinets, bookcases, bathroom vanities, mantels, molding, doors, columns, judges panels, wainscoting and much more. Whether starting with builder’s white or dark stained wood, they can be dramatically transformed. A little bit of paint can go a very long way.
Glazing can replicate many looks: centuries old plasters with years of aging, soft watercolor washes or something more bold and vibrant. For decades I have been perfecting many traditional finishes and creating new ones that coordinate with contemporary designs. My faux finishes make a great backdrop or accent or for your furnishings.
Painted patterns can be applied too many surfaces throughout your home or business. They can be used as an accent or an all over design element on walls, ceilings or floors. Stripes, diamonds, damasks or many other patterns can easily add structure and style to any space. Used in both traditional and modern spaces, they can be very subtle (tone on tone) to very dramatic. They are also significantly better than wallpaper because I can make a custom pattern in custom colors fit it to the exact dimensions of the room. No more awkward seams on the repeat or 1/5 of a pattern hanging from the ceiling.