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Faux painting techniques are ways to decorative a wall that mimics materials and is created using non-traditional painting tools. In the first instance, faux painting techniques can be used to mimic the complexities of a marble surface or wooden beam. Tools often used to create these effects include sponge, tissue paper and rags. Faux painting is usually created on a regular painted background when either still wet or after a period of drying, depending on the style required.

As with many words in the English language, “faux” comes from a French word meaning false or fake. In Interior Design, the word is used to describe something that is an imitation of something else, usually another material. The results of these imitations can result in the truly awful to the wonderfully successful, where the latter is often an understated recreation of marble or stone that is near impossible to discern from the real deal. How you go about using faux painting techniques in the home design arena will largely depend on knowledge, skill and practice.

There are many different faux painting techniques that deal with a whole host of settings, materials and effects. It is possible to hire professionals to carry out these jobs but they are usually expensive and if you’re keen, then it’s much more fun to try the techniques out for yourself. The best way to learn the multitude of faux painting techniques is from those who have trodden this path before and that’s where one of my favourite books comes into the picture.

The book is filled with pictorial examples of the many techniques as well as detailed instructions on each. Pierre Finkelstein, the author, is an award winning decorative painter and instructor who manages to convey the complexities of faux painting techniques into simple instructions that a novice can follow.

You can buy the book here: The Art of Faux: The Complete Sourcebook of Decorative Painted Finishes