Faux Painting Techniques for Arlington, Virginia
How Do I Apply a Faux Finish to My Walls?
There are a variety of different faux painting styles, methods, and processes available to create a unique, artistic look around your home. You can find a thorough list of faux painting terms here.
You'll find three techniques that we frequently use below.
- Faux Finishes: Faux means “false” in French. Technically, to wood-grain, marbleize, or paint finishes that replicate a natural material are all examples of faux finishes. "Faux" has become the umbrella name for all decorative finishes.
- Metallic finishes: Decorative finishes that use metallic gold, bronze or silver paints over other painted surfaces and give the impression of an antique, burnished metal.
- Subtractive technique: A paint technique that is used on wet paint using a sponge, rag, plastic bag or dry roller to “subtract” (or take off) some of the paint, creating a textured look.
Faux Painting Is an Art Form
Since faux finishing requires an artistic approach, more experience equals a better look. However, if you want to tackle a faux finish on your own we found a few good examples below.
Faux Finish: Quartz Stone
Faux Finish: Metallic Gold
Faux Finish: Venetian Plaster
Manufacturers are contributing to the list of options by producing products that make it relatively straightforward to create textured and artistic walls and ceilings on your own. If you feel uncomfortable doing the techniques yourself, give us a call and we would be glad to answer any questions you have.
Enjoy finding and selecting an amazing, unique faux finish for your home!