Today’s most popular trend is the creation of themes for interior decoration. As wallpaper went out of fashion and Art Deco styles gained momentum in the late 90’s, a new kind of style came in vogue in home decoration, the trend being led by high end homes. One of the simplest and most effective ways to remodel interiors , Boone faux finishing is the painting technique that creates the effects of other materials or textures like that of marble, wood, frescoes etc. So, a child’s room may be modeled differently than the den or the bedroom.
It is a very simple process as it only involves two materials- Glaze and Plaster, to create the texture and designs.Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it is always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula. The finished result can be either flat to the touch or textured.
Apart from versatility,the advantage of this process is thatcompared to the cost of taking off wallpaper, the décor can be changed by just repainting over the existing design with minimal damage to the walls. It is also inexpensive in comparison to other decorative techniques. In fact, it is so simple that there are DIY kits available in the market to create patterns and textures on walls for home projects. So each space you create is unique.
Some kinds of Faux finishes are listed below:
- Marbleizing or faux marbling is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques.
- Fresco is a simple technique, uses mixtures of tint and joint compound to add mottled color and subtle texture to plain walls,
- Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.
- Trompe l’oeil, “trick the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details.
- Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations.
- Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
- Strié, from the French for “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.
- Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
- Sponging is a free-form finish achieved by applying glaze to the wall by dabbing a sea sponge, in various shapes to achieve either simple design (resembling the wall papers) and more sophisticated ones.