Faux Finishes: 3 Ideas for Exotic Decor

calander Jan 14 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

When it comes to enhancing your home’s interior, there are plenty of ways to add character and adjust its overall aesthetic. You might purchase new furniture or rearrange the furniture you have, add some decorative touches, or reconfigure a room’s color scheme.

But what if all of this still isn’t enough? What else can you do to truly transform your home? You might want to think about incorporating faux finishes.

What Is Faux Finishing?

Faux finishing is a decorative painting technique that’s been used for millennia, dating all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. The word “faux” translates to “false” or “an imitation,” so a faux finish refers to a finished surface that appears to be one thing but is actually another.

Skilled painters use a number of methods to blend colors and textures and create designs that ultimately resemble a different material. Some faux finishes are more difficult to paint than others and may require years of practice to achieve. So, if you’re considering a faux finish for your home decor, seek interior painting services that can offer this specialty.

Let’s explore a few faux finishes that might inspire your next interior remodel.

1. Faux Wood Grain

One of the most popular faux finishes is faux wood. The goal of this type of finish is to imitate the appearance of natural wood grain. To do so, painters typically begin by applying an acrylic urethane glaze to the surface with a special applicator called a grainer. This tool helps create the lines and imperfections found in wood.

Then, a rocker tool, which is a sort of cylindrical stamp, is rubbed straight across the glazed surface to imprint grain-like designs. Finally, the painter uses a whisk broom to gently graze the surface and create fine textures that resemble wood fibers. After this layer has dried, the painter uses the same glaze as before for an additional coat to darken and add sheen.

2. Marbleize Your Interiors

Marble surfaces look great in just about any home, but real marble material doesn’t come cheap. The next best thing is a faux marble finish. Achieving a convincing faux marble finish involves several steps and a steady hand, so hire local painters with experience in this area. They will know which tools to use (such as a feather for veining), how to properly mesh colors, and how to apply the paint (typically in a diagonal tapering fashion with added texturing). When applied properly, you can add marble-looking surfaces to your home for a fraction of the cost.

3. An Elegant Aged Appearance

Many modern homes go for a sleek, clean look free from imperfections. But if you want to dial back the clock and add some grit and rustic charm to your interiors, you might go for an aged or weathered faux finish. These finishes come in many forms, but they’re all designed to introduce some purposeful discoloration and texture for a more lived-in look.

One way to achieve an aged look is to first coat the surface with a single color (off-white, for instance) and then, after that coat has dried, use a sponge to gently add another color (perhaps a shade of yellow in this case). To complete the look, a home painting professional might water down some paint (maybe a mixture of brown and green) and apply it with a spray bottle before taming it with the sponge. This will help create shading and spotting effects if so desired.

Getting Friendly with Faux Finishes

Adding some faux finishes to your home might be just the special sauce you’re looking for to achieve a complete interior transformation. The three examples outlined above only scratch the surface of all the ways you can incorporate faux finishes. Whether you want to imitate fabric, metal, stone, brick, or just about anything else, hire a Nashville painting company with enough artistry and experience.

At Nash Painting, we don’t skimp on the details when it comes to transforming your home. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!