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Faux Finishing Ideas and Tips

by Kuhrich on Friday, April 19, 2013

When you decide to have a custom home built, one of the first things you decide is the architectural style.  There are many styles to choose from—cottage, ranch, Tudor, colonial, and log-cabin are just a handful.  Whichever style you select, you will probably want to include interior finishes that create an atmosphere that represents your personality and lifestyle.

Using a variety of colors, textures and materials, you can create an inviting home for guests and a comfortable home for you and your family. Faux finishing techniques will help you customize your interior spaces to fit your personality and the architectural style of your home.

Here are three great pretenders…

Faux Marble:

Although wall finishes have traditionally taken a back seat to other fixtures and furnishings in a room, painting your powder room walls with a faux marble effect can have a bold, dramatic effect. Using a trio of colors and a soft applicator, a plain wall can be transformed into an elegant focal point.

Imitation Metal:

Tin is very versatile. You can create a charming, old-time atmosphere or sleek, modern feel depending on the color and style you use. If you like the look and feel of an antique tin ceiling, but don’t want to invest in reclaimed tins, there are two moderately priced options.

Faux tin tiles made from vinyl are perfect for resurfacing an old ceiling or adding to a new flat ceiling. Tiles are easy to attach with adhesive made specifically for this type of application. The second option is to purchase metal wallpaper designed to look like antique tin. Both materials come in a variety of colors—including burnished silver, copper and white.

Vaulted Ceiling Imposter:

Adding a mock vaulted ceiling might be just the trick to “expand” your living space. With a few hours, several paint colors and tools to draw straight lines, you can transform a flat boring ceiling into a decorating asset for almost any room in your home.

Beautiful and Functional Substitutes

Explore innovative ideas for decorating your home with alternative finishes by visiting custom home builders’ open house activities.

In addition to creating your own faux finishes, choosing alternative products with similar characteristics is a budget friendly choice for home decorating. Creating the look and feel of granite using recycled glass or painted concrete is typically less expensive. Both materials are durable and suitable for kitchens and baths.

If you want to create a one-of-a-kind powder room, consider the two faux finishing options below.

Faux Bois creates a wood alternative that allows the artist to create detailed carvings and unique shapes. Distinctive decorative trim is crafted using a sculpting medium composed of grout, concrete and mortar. This technique lends itself to more rustic decorating styles.

Trompe l’oeil is a painting technique that creates the illusion of a three-dimensional object, such as an original masterpiece. Painting a mural using this technique produces an optical illusion of hanging artwork. Perfect for humid powder room environments that could damage original art pieces.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com