Faux Finishes

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Paint has the ability to transform any room, but it can be pretty typical if you are just using neutral colors and finishes. If you really want to raise the level of style, you can trade in traditional flat paint for a faux finish. Faux finishes are the style alternative to boring white walls. There is really no surface in your home that can’t be upgraded with a faux finish. This includes both walls and ceilings. Adding texture and depth to an otherwise ordinary room is easily achieved with a faux finish. A faux finish basically involves using paint to create the appearance of a different material or surface.

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Texture and Faux Finishes

The main thing that a faux finish can add to any room is texture. Most interior paints are flat and allow for only a boring or typical style. Livening up any space can be done quickly with the use of a faux finish to add texture. This involves applying the paint using specialized techniques including rag rolling, sponging or even wiping. You often use different shades of color together to create unique faux finishes. You can get pretty creative and add a new element of style by trying out a few of the most popular faux finish application techniques.

Marble Walls

Marble walls are very elegant and allow for a refined style in any room, but a marble wall faux finish is an affordable alternative that is easy to create. You just start with a base coat that is eggshell or light tan in color. You can use a brush to apply the top coat and use different shades to create color changes that are typical in marble.

Wood Grain

This is another faux finish that is incredibly popular and can go great with your existing décor. It simply involves using paint and application techniques to create a wood grain faux finish that looks effortless. This is ideal for rooms with more contemporary style and can be the ideal finish for an accent wall.

Practice Makes Perfect

No matter what type of faux finish you choose from marble and wood to metallic or paper, you need to take extra care when applying a faux finish. This means that you might want to practice on another surface before you begin applying a faux finish to your walls. Practice makes perfect and is the best way to improve your technique.