7 Faux Finishes to Try

Maybe your kids are off to college. Or maybe you’ve just grown tired of the same old living room paint color. Whatever your reason, it may be the perfect time to change things up.

You’ll be amazed at how different, and how sophisticated, your home could look with a faux finish! Faux finish painting is simply a technique that adds texture to a plain wall.  The depth and interest it adds to your home, however, can’t be overemphasized.

Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite styles.

(1) Venetian Plaster

This faux finish mimics the stucco-like look of old-world European homes with a textured surface that is the result of two or more layers of plaster. To apply it, use a putty knife to wipe plaster on the wall at a 15-30 degree angle. A second coat is applied at a 60-90 degree angle.

(2) Artisan Finish

This is another imitation of older, European-style walls; this time, the faux finish gives the impression of stone or marble. Artisan finishes can range from sophisticated to rustic, and the various hues in the wall covering can change, depending on the light. There are several methods to this faux finish, including the crackle technique, the leaf technique, and the tissue paper technique. It’s important to choose the right paint, such as Artisan Impressions by Sherwin-Williams, and read all instructions carefully or get help from a professional.

(3) Metallic Paint

The shimmering, luxe look of metallics is on trend these days, and you’ll love the sparkle you’ll get when the light hits your walls. To get this look, begin with a base coat and then add a metal paint – Valspar’s Brilliant Metals is a good choice.

(4) Sandstone Finish

If you love the beach, you’ll love sandstone finish, which gives your wall a sandy texture. This technique is inexpensive and easy to apply. Plus, it’s available in a number of colors. Consider it for a mudroom or screened in porch!

(5) Brushed Suede

This technique might be perfect for an office or a man’s bedroom. The look of suede adds an elegant touch. You apply it by rolling on a base coat with a ½-inch-nap roller, and then using a wider brush to apply paint in a series of overlapping Xs. If done carefully, this will create variations in color tone and a sophisticated look for your wall. Note: this technique should not be used in high-traffic areas. The paint can scratch easily, and touch-ups are difficult to do.

(6) Crackling Texture

If you want a vintage, weathered look on a door or a piece of furniture, try the crackle technique. Great for a kitchen with antique details, this method gives you a “country” or distressed look instantly. To achieve it, apply a base coat using a roller, and let it dry. Next, apply a coat of crackle medium, and then a 2nd layer of paint. As the top coat dries, it will begin to “crack,” showing the original color beneath.

(7) Striped or Strié Technique

Fabric wall coverings are expensive, but this technique – also known as dragging – can give you the same effect. It’s achieved by pulling a brush through a colored glaze that has been applied over a base coat. Great for a guest bedroom or office, this is a high-end look that will make you feel like you’re living a life of luxury.

Contact SNL Painting Inc. for a Professional Paint Job

If you’d like to skip the hassle and get a professional result, call on the experts at SNL Painting Inc. We’d be happy to tell you more about our services.