Home Design Sense – Faux Painting

Faux finishes are a great way to jazz up your space with little cost or effort. Faux finishing can also be an economical and sustainable alternative to other finishes, such as wood and stone in certain applications. Ideally, a decorative painter should be brought into the project as early as possible, so that he or she can make recommendations at the same time other key decisions are made and have input on project management.

Creating faux effects such as making your walls look like they are made of plaster or suede can also really make your room stand out. You can easily learn how to create these seemingly difficult finishes at your local paint store.

Sponging is very easy and inexpensive. You can find sponges at local home centers or craft stores. Basically; all you do is sponge the paint onto the wall lightly without sliding the sponge over the surface. Begin by applying motifs every 12″, over a surface of 4′ x 4′.

Rag- rolling, sponging, stippling are a few of the styles under this category well observed in India. On the outset it may look like a difficult task. Ragging: this technique produces a delicate, fabric-like texture with a soft, variegated appearance. The procedure is done by soaking a bunched up rag in a mixture of texture color and finishing glaze, and then dabbing the rag on the wall (over a coat of dried base color) in various patterns.

Sample boards allow you to select just the custom finish that suits your room and your style. Customized finishes provide a way to express your personality and pull the total look of your home together, from ceiling, floors and walls to window treatments, rugs and pillows. In the business world customized finishes provide a more pleasant environment, which can increase productivity and enhance your company image. Custom wall treatments add focus and grandeur to any room and will enrich the quality of life there.

Glazes are made of oil-based paints mixed with linseed oil and are more transparent than washes. They give a sleek glow to walls. Glazes are sold un-tinted, so to get the color you want you’ll need to add pigment which can be found at craft and hobby stores or your local home center.

Many other finishes such as color washing, frottage, sponging, are all faux painting techniques that will create a mood or the illusion of texture on a plain wall. You can opt for real texture by using Venetian plaster, textural plaster, or even a crackle faux finish can add texture and variation to a space or object. Color and texture are fun and interesting and can bring a completely new look to your home with little cost or expense if you do-it-yourself.

Try experimenting with different items such as; kitchen utensils, material, papers, etc. Mix colors together to get unusual tones. Experimentation can spur new ideas and faux patterns. Who knowsyou may be the next new-idea faux painter.

H. John Johnsen is a Designer and Writer for Home Design Sense.com and other web sites. You can find more information on Home Staging at the Home Design Sense website.