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The dull and boring face of monotonous white wall is well known to most of us. The agony of surviving the white wall tundra in our living space has been borne by most of us.
Just adding different colors, some shapes and designs on the walls add life to the living space, and it makes the house feel like a home to us. What else can bring this effect to our living space? Will buying some furniture, expensive sofas or a cool gadget have same effect on our surroundings, as does a great design and a soothing color? Any piece of equipment or furniture will have its effect (good or bad) on only a small area, but the impact of color and a good design on entire living space is nonpareil.


1. Faux painting with its eloquent styles and numerous techniques transforms the entire ambience. Faux Painting is the art of make-believe, both literally and figuratively. As the name suggests, the stuffs, decorations or decorative items created using faux painting are made to resemble something else, in most cases some natural material.

2. Faux finishes got an aesthetic edge, but it has practical benefits as well. Faux finishes has many benefits, which even a good wallpaper, paneling, or application of an elegant paint can’t match.

3. The major benefit of a faux painting is its versatility of use. Only prerequisite for application of faux finishes to different surfaces is, the surfaces should be plain and sealed. The techniques of preparing and priming the surface will differ from one kind of surface to another. Faux techniques can be used to decorate any surface, be it a dry wall, plastered wall, wallboard, metal, wood, glass, ceramic or even fabric.

4. Faux painting last longer than any wallpaper. Unlike wallpapers, faux painted walls have no seams, and it won’t ever peel off. The maintenance of faux painting is not very complicated. If some surface loses its charm, and if the surface fails to allure visitors, it can easily be restored to its past glory. Touch ups and repairs of faux painting is not very complicated for the professional contractors. Even the existing design of a wall can be changed by the application of a new top coat on the existing wall. For top coating, polyurethane in matte, satin, or semi-gloss finishes can be used.

5. Every home has some wall that just doesn’t look good, and one or more walls have holes, cracks and depressions at places. Use of Faux techniques can help the homeowner, in not only hiding such imperfections but also in making the place exciting to live.

The condition and the nature of the surface will determine which technique to adopt to give the surface its best makeover. If the wall is rough and old, the contractor might decide in favour of using the rag rolling technique, and a matt finish top coat will make any imperfection in the wall disappear.

Today, the architects have gone towards providing more open space in houses and moved away from erecting seprating walls. This, indeed, has many benefits, but the absence of no defining boundaries is creating some trouble for homeowners. They are not sure, which is which and what is what in their home. They are uncertain about where to begin and where to end. Use of a glaze can solve this problem, and some dramatic faux styles can be used to define the focal point wall in such places.
The effect of faux finishes on the perception of the size of a room is great. One faux finish can make your small room look bigger, whereas, application of another style will make the big room look small. Use of lighter color and soft techniques to create faux finish will make a confined place look roomy, whereas, application of dark colors and dramatic techniques will make a big and lonely room look cozy and friendly. Even the ceilings can be brought down or pushed upward by using different mix of color and faux techniques.

Many realtors and clients feels, using faux finish to decorate the house also helps in selling the house at a better price. To do this, just use a color that falls in the list of favorites of most of the people and people will keep on coming to see your realty, be it the house you live in or the building your company is located in.

To summate, let’s have a look on the benefits, faux finishes has to offer:
· It removes architectural dilemmas of too close or too much open spaces.
· It adds depth, dimension and texture to a flat surface.
· Faux finishes can also be used to correct color mistakes.
· It can help in enhancing special areas in the house: arched doorways, columns, trey ceilings etc.
· Fix the irregularities in walls, like leveling the depressions, patching the holes, etc.
Faux Painting vis-à-vis wallpaper
· Faux painting never peels off.
· Faux finished surfaces are washable.
· Creating a faux style matching existing décor is an easy to do job.
· It is very cost effective and custom build according to the taste of the buyer.
Use of faux techniques will add personality to your house. It’ll give your house, your personal touch.


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Painting has a long history. Even before we started building homes, we started painting. Decorating cave walls was an attempt to personalize the surroundings and make the environment look beautiful.
Painting had other objectives as well, like talking about spirituality, the painters’ sojourn with wild etc., but these objectives became the subject matter not the art form, for the cave paintings. With time, our race mastered this art of painting and the world saw many masters.

The development of faux painting is not different from the development of any other form of art. It is in practice for centuries, though sometimes it was not included in the favorites. The earliest reference to an art form similar to the faux painting techniques had been found in the Mycenaean pottery, and in some of the Greek art works, made around 2200 BC.
The English language borrowed this term ‘faux’ from French, which originally meant fake, but the derived meaning of this word is, something made to resemble something else.
Faux painting or faux finishing is an art of recreating the look and the feel of natural materials. Faux painting is not one technique, it is a collection of techniques, which is used to replicate the textures of marble, wood, limestone, stained and distressed paint and even to create an effect of aged plaster. The techniques of faux painting are also used in making graffiti.

This desire to replicate the natural world or the elements of natural world is being fulfilled since the time of Egyptians. The Pharaohs’ artists of third dynasty acquired and honed the faux painting technique of wood graining.
The Romans took Greeks’ palette, which contained only limited number of earth tones, and created a magnificent array of styles and finishes. The buried towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum (buried in the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD) used faux painting techniques to create decorative architectural components, faux stone paintings and trompe l’oeil.
Romans used decorative painting as a tool to boast their ego. Walls of wealthy Romans were decorated with the house owners’ portraits. This was the time when mural painting saw its first great development.
All this came to an end, with the fall of Roman Empire. The Roman middle class started disappearing, and so did the art of decorative painting. The church was in charge, and the nature of painting was going to change, from decorative to religious.
As the church was the major benefactor, religious painting was destined to rule the art world for centuries to come. Themes from bibles were to be used for painting in the coming centuries.

In Europe, lot many things started to change in 14th century, the beginning of European Renaissance and with it changed the fate of Faux Painting. Italian painters started using the fresco techniques to decorate churches and houses of nobles, of those who commissioned them.
This was the golden age for painting and the fate of faux painting was not going to be any different. Many new techniques were developed and the existing ones were refined. The materials thus developed looked real; it required the skills of an observant viewer to distinguish the real from faux. Faux wood and faux marble were created and used in construction of grand cathedrals to keep the construction costs low.
During the Renaissance, two schools of faux painting were formed, one was the Italian school and another was the French school.
The faux style developed by the Italian school was realistic but loose. The faux techniques used by Italians involved fewer steps, and are most successful in creating the desired effect when viewed from a distance.
The faux techniques developed by the French school are intricate and complicated. The faux finishes produced following this school, call for a close scrutiny by the observant onlooker, to find the flaw.
A sound knowledge of composition and a strong sense of colors are required to get the looseness of Italian faux style or the rigor of the French faux style.
17th century was the time when varnishing and lacquering made their way into faux finish. This was the second golden age for faux painting in Europe. The palace of Versailles is a testimony to this claim.
The idea of decorating their homes fascinated the upper class of the Victorian era. And this time faux finishes like wood graining, marbleizing and stenciling were largely used to decorate the floors, walls and ceilings.
Stencil designs of Victorians were more ornate and luxuriant in comparison to the designs of the modern time. It added flavor to the opulent milieu, when used with vivid colors forming intricate designs.
It was during the 18th and 19th century, when the modern faux painting was born. The old masters created techniques, which we collectively call faux painting or faux finishing.
Due to the rise of faux painting, in the 19th century many institutes emerged to professionally train the artists. New materials were researched and found; pigments were one of them.
The escalating demand for the faux finishes led to the development of painting schools and various companies jumped into this. Students were roped in for apprenticeship at the age of thirteen and trained there for ten years before they could venture on their own. Some of these artisans would work as contractors to create great cathedrals in Europe and America, using the faux painting professional skills.
Even in the first three decades of 20th century, faux painting continued its upward movement, but the post War world word didn’t prove to be fertile for this kind of art. This was the beginning of second Dark Age, for faux painting.
Creativity gave way to assembly lines. The mass-produced, pre-fabricated goods were the demand of time, and craftsmanship was waning out. Survival was on the top of the list and aesthetic beauty went falling downwards, till it reached the bottom. People were now looking towards companies for solutions, and the industry responded with its version of answer; produce cheap and meet needs.

After being in dark slumber for decades, faux painting started regaining consciousness in 1980’s, and in coming decades it was going to find its lost glory. Our time has showed its renewed interest in faux painting.
The development of acrylic resin, alkyd resin and implements fuelled the growth, and the new techniques are being developed. Innovation is again on the rise; design magazines are filled with professional articles, pictures of faux painted companies’ boardrooms, opulent houses.
At present, faux painting is being used in homes, work places, restaurants, theaters, movie theaters, etc., for creating new dilemmas and taking the beauty of interior to a new height. The faux painting is also being used in littering walls with graffiti.
Faux painting turns the floors, walls and ceilings into a big canvas. It provides an opportunity to make the living space exciting and worth living.


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