Faux finish painting adds a lot to a space. It can create depth and texture, add a splash of color, or establish a whole new mood. There are many different styles of faux finishes. To help you decide on the right finish for your space, here are a few descriptions of popular faux techniques.
Colorwashing: The translucent texture of colorwashing creates a tranquil, casual appearance. This simple, versatile technique uses two or three paint colors and glaze. With colorwashing, you can give your room a calm, contemporary appearance or Old World charm – depending on the colors you choose.
Combing: Combing is a fun technique that creates a striated effect. With combing, you can create waves, horizontal stripes, or checkered patterns. You can even produce vertical lines that mimic the sheen of opulent silk.
Crackle: Create an antique look in minutes! This technique uses a crackle medium and two colors of paint. It is commonly used on frames, furniture, and accessories.
Ragging: Achieve a fabric-like look with ragging. This is a very simple technique using a rag and glazed paint. It gives a soft, delicate, textured appearance.
Sponging: Sponging is another simple faux-painting technique that gives subtle texture and depth. You can use a damp sea sponge to add multiple colors to your wall, or use a dry sponge to remove glazed color while it is wet. Either way, you get a lot of dimension.
Marbling: The marble faux finish brings a rich beauty to a room. It can be used on a whole wall, or painted more sparingly – on the insets of molding, on tops of tales, or on accessories. Marbling calls for layering two tinted glazes over a lighter base coat, and then creating “veins” with an artist’s brush or feather.
With faux painting, the options are limitless. Whatever faux finishing technique you choose, you will add drama, beauty, and value to your home.