From basic to brilliant.
Faux painting became popular in classical times in the forms of faux marble, faux wood, and trompe l’oeil murals. Great recognition was awarded to artists who could actually trick viewers into believing their work was the real thing, hence the term faux (French for “false”). In the early 1990s, faux finishing saw a major revival, as wallpaper began to fall out of fashion. At this point, faux painting became extremely popular in home environments, with high-end homes leading the trend. People are also attracted to the simplicity of changing a faux finish, as it can be easily painted over compared with the hassle of stripping wallpaper and preparing the walls to repaint again.
In recent years several paint manufacturers have developed faux painting kits that allow most people to apply basic faux technigues without the hassle or expense of hiring a faux artist. Some of the companies that have developed faux packages include Benjamin Moore Paints, Sherwin Williams Paints and McCloskey Special Effects. Pratt & D’Angelo has applied a range of faux finishes and we also have a network of faux artisans we employ for special projects.
Practice makes perfect.
Our painters undergo training from master artisans on the application of faux finishes in a variety of techniques, from basic to brilliantly elaborate.
Modern faux finishes include: