Most of the time seeing the word ‘faux’ near something usually has a negative connotation (ex: faux pas) or it just means that whatever it is being used to describe isn’t as authentic as it appears. However, there are instances when it actually can mean something good, and look good while doing it.

When it comes to decorating and design, faux painting (or faux finishing) is used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. “The terms are based on the French word “faux”, meaning false, because these techniques originated as methods of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint. Now decorative painting includes many other types of decorative finishes.”

Here are some popular faux techniques that can be used within your home, especially the kitchen:

Stenciling is a popular faux painting technique that can be used in your kitchen. Easy and affordable, stencils add visual interest to your walls and will really liven up a boring space. Find a stencil pattern that speaks to you and then set to work applying it to your walls, cabinets, backsplash or floors. Stenciling takes time, patience and a few practice runs. But once you get the hang of this technique, it can really make your cooking space shine.

Also known as glazing, color washing is a technique that will give your walls a soft, aged look. This technique works well on walls, ceilings, cabinets and furniture, making it an ideal option for your kitchen. To color wash, a thin glaze (or water-based wash) is painted on top of a base coat to create subtle layers of color. If you’re just learning how to manipulate paint, color washing can be achieved in a few steps.

Sponging is another faux painting technique that works on walls and furniture. The idea is to add layers of color to your wall with a hand-held sponge; natural sea sponges work best. By using many colors, you’ll be able to create an interesting effect on your walls, but it’s important to choose colors that naturally work well together.”

For the best in faux painting and other decorative painting services make sure to contact Flying Colours , your Ottawa professional painting specialist.