How Faux Painting and Decorative Finishes Can Transform Your Denver Home

Reader, if your home is looking a little tired or beginning to show its age, you don’t need to take out a second line of credit just to keep it looking fresh and to add value.

If you’re looking for ways you can spend a little to get a big upgrade from a local artisan, we’ve prepared this guide to the ways that faux painting, faux finishes, and decorative painting can transform your home without transforming the contents of your checking account.

What is Faux Painting and Decorative Finishing?

Off The Wall Fine Finishes is glad you asked, because this happens to be what we specialize in. Faux painting and decorative finishes are used to transform ordinary painted walls into something extraordinary.

Faux painting is the art and craft of adding texture using paint. It’s called ‘faux’ or ‘fake’ because it’s used to mimic the appearance of metals, stones, and other building materials. With the right faux painting specialist, you can recreate the texture of almost any luxury product such as granite or quartz at a fraction of the price. In fact, Off The Wall Fine Finishes even specializes in faux marble painting, transforming drab interiors to decadent spaces you’ll love spending time in.

Similarly, decorative painting means using painting textures to elevate boring solid color walls into unique and vibrant spaces. You don’t need to have a good grasp of color theory to know the pleasing effect that vivid stripes, stencils and other geometric patterns can bring to a wall or even furniture.

Four Techniques for Using Faux Painting and Decorative Finishes

So now that you have a basic grasp of the design principles behind the art of faux painting and decorative painting, we’re going to go over four incredible ways to transform your Denver home. Feel free to try these out yourself, or you can call Off The Wall Fine Finishes if your DIY attempts don’t quite meet your exacting standards!

Venetian Plaster

This trend has been around for centuries, but is finally seeing a much-needed comeback. Forget the Tuscan designs of the ‘90s, the Venetian plaster designs of today incorporate faux painted walls with a limestone dust. As the glaze dries, it settles into a fabulous textured effect that looks like your walls are made out of limestone—something that hasn’t been seen for a hundred years in home building or more.

The best part? Venetian plaster is all-natural. Choose brown, ochre, or white for an earthy and authentic look.

Faux Wood Paint

Using faux painting techniques to add wood grain to inexpensive dressers, tables and desks is a quick and easy way to get expensive-looking furniture at a fraction of the price. You can mimic pricy woods like mahogany or simply add a little bit of texture to a laminate or deal dresser.

So how does it work? It’s simple. Apply an enamel finish to give the dresser or table a smooth surface, then paint over with faux wood paint. Add a wood graining knocker through and let dry. This look can be hard to pull off for amateurs. If you’ve having trouble, call Off The Wall Fine Finishes!

Metallic Faux Finish Paint

Metallic paints used to be made as byproducts of harmful chemical reactions, and could cause health problems. Luckily, the technology has come a long way, and metallic plaster and metallic paint are the perfect way to get faux finish walls and the envy of your friends and neighbors.

Faux finish walls can mimic the texture of any finish of metal—burnished chrome, copper, zinc, or even steel! But you don’t need to commit 100% to this look. Try instead adding a stripe or two of metallic faux finish paint to a room to create a funky and three-dimensional accent wall.

Faux Marble Painting

If you’ve read this far, you’ll probably want to know that without the help of a trained painter-decorator, this technique might be hard to pull off.

This is one of the hardest decorative painting patterns for the average home painter to manage. Why? It involves up to twelve steps and you’ll have to repeat the process several times. For a small bedside table, this might be doable. But if you want the faux marble painting to extend to your faux painted walls, this project could take several days.

You need to sand the material down to a very smooth finish. And you’ll need to buy a sander at your local hardware store if you don’t have one already. Or, trust the talented painter-decorators at Off The Wall Fine Finishes to pull off a job like this. Plus, we happen to bring everything you need for a beautiful marble finish—without spending $20,000 on marble!