Initially Faux Finishing (from the French word for "fake") referred to a collection of painting techniques used to create the illusion of natural materials’ colors and texture on walls and furniture. Today the words “Faux Finishing” often used to encompass other decorative finishes. On this page we apply Faux Finishing term in it’s original meaning - techniques of replicating materials. Some of these techniques have their own names.
Painting imitation marble walls is often called Marbling, Marbleizing, Faux Marbling, Faux Marble, and even Marbelizing.
Graining is the art of imitating the different types of natural wood grain. It is also called Wood Graining, Faux Wood Finishing, Faux Woodgarining.
The art of imitating the effects of aging and exposure on copper and brass is called Verdigris, Faux Verdigris Finish, or Verdigris Patina Finish.
Other imitation painting terms include Faux Stone, Faux Stonework, Faux Granite, Faux Sandstone, Faux Leather and others.
Sample boards are usually provided for the client’s approval in order to ensure accurate color matching and visualize its impact in the overall decorative scheme.
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