When a Fake is Genuine: Faux Finishes


Paint and wallpaper are the most common way to treat walls, but there is another way that adds texture, movement and glow to the interior design without using paper–faux finishing. Faux literally means fake and generally these finishes are meant to replicate other materials, like leather, stone, wood, or tile. Faux finishers use a hand-applied glaze, which can be busy (heavy marbleizing), or subdued (strie or mottled). There are papers that reproduce faux finishes, but they can never achieve the depth of a talented faux finisher, color choices are limited, and they can never be as easy to clean as a genuine faux (genuine fake?) finish.

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