Faux painters have been lumped into a category for years as sponge painters and rag rollers. We have come a long way since the 1980’s when these techniques were in Vogue as the latest and greatest. The reality is, faux painting is one of the oldest and greatest arts that has been has been re-introduced to an unfamiliar generation.
Faux finishing (pronounced “foe”) is a set of painting techniques used to make a normal surface appear as something else, something greater. This art form turns painted trim into beautifully stained cherry woodwork, plastic columns into tumbled travertine pillars, and flat art niches into Trompe l’oeil murals.
Faux Painting History
Faux painting has been around for centuries. The original faux finishers were seen in the Greco-Roman time period, duplicating some of the depleting sources of wood that had become very expensive to forest. Time was abundant and materials were few — the age-old economic lesson of supply and demand. Techniques were honed and secrets were guarded. Eventually, artisans started to duplicate other natural items such as stones and minerals.
In this picture of painted baseboards, we were able to match the color and look for the real stained alder doors by adding a faux finish to the trim, the trim now looks just as real as the doors do. The homeowner’s who have been longtime customers of Walls by Design, reside in Highlands Ranch, CO and once hated their trim. Without replacing the trim, we were able to transform the trim into a beautiful faux painting. The cost for the homeowner was greatly less than replacing all their trim, and they have a fantastic story to tell guests that comment on their beautiful home.
Faux painting in Denver is our goal! We want everyone in Colorado to be able to enjoy the beauty that faux painting has to offer. While it is an ancient technique at heart, it can make a home look modern, custom, and high end. Don’t delay the day that you make your house a home. Contact us so we can start today!