Faux Finish

We do Faux finishing in the St. Louis area.









Faux Finishing is a decorative painting technique that can give your home or business a higher-end look. A little history on Faux finishing. It has been used for millennia, but what we generally think of as faux finishing in the decorative arts began with plaster and stucco finishes in mesopotamia over 5,000 years ago.

Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe decorative paint finishes that replicate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood or stone. The term comes from the French word faux, meaning false, as these techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture including simulating textures and surfaces. We are expert artist who can recreate many finishes using acrylic or oil paint. Call Carter Custom Painting at 314-757-6973 for a quote from a professional artist.

 List of Faux Finish Techniques

  • 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.
  • Wood Graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.
  • Trompe-l’ oeil “fool the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details as well as depth and 3 dimensionality. This is our specialty
  • 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. Authentic Venetian Plaster is made from marble dust and ground up limestone.
  • Color Wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
  • Rag Painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
  • Sponge Painting 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.
  •  Striping can be one of the easiest and most dramatic of the faux painting effects. Many people like striping because it is structured and uniform. It gives the room the look of wallpaper but without the seams and obvious drawbacks of applying and later stripping of wallpaper.
  • Metallic faux painting is sometimes underrated and overlooked. Maybe because some are worried it will be too shiny or just too much.

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