Faux finishing paint techniques have been around a very long time and are even still popular today. However, all too often that faux finish becomes a major faux pas.
Just like anything else in interior design, faux finishing needs to be very thought out and intentional. The style of the faux finishing needs to go with the style of your house. For instance, if you have a very americana country dining room, you shouldn't have a tuscan plaster faux finishing technique on the wall. It just doesn't go. Faux finishing must be intentional in it's design and add to the overall concept of the room, not distract from it.
Faux finishing is meant to be an imitation of the genuine article, it's meant to look like the real thing. That's why it is called faux. You don't want people thinking you were just too cheap to put tile on the wall so you painted it instead. You want it to be realistic looking.
Let's take a look as some really bad faux painted walls.
They couldn't afford tile
Get a look at that fake ivy coming out of the wall. Classy.
This is just ugly.
This doesn't add anything to the space. It has no intention.
This has too much movement for a small space and the color is drab. They would've done better to just stick to a solid relaxing color on the walls.
This just looks like a toddler got hold of a sponge and some orange paint
If you were meaning to make these cabinets look horrible and falling apart then you should give your faux painter a bonus because that's exactly what you got!
Oh the small places of exposed brick. Yes, people will really think you have a brick wall behind that sheet rock.
Your guests can imagine they are taking care of business in the middle of an old villa with crumbling walls and palms. I know that's where I always wish I could be when I go to the restroom. Yes, let's reminiscence on the days before indoor plumbing while we use our modern day commode.
And if that isn't enough, you could always be in an African jungle where those pesky monkeys always seem to make off with your last roll of toilet paper. Dang those monkeys.
Apparently whoever built this house could only afford a few new walls so they had to keep just one really old one. At least that's what it looks like when you only faux finish one wall.
Enough with the fake brick. She is not a brick house.
Although I do not like faux finishing, yes I am from the sort that think Faux is just a fancy french way of saying fake, there are some jobs that are done better than others.
These walls are nice and subtle.
This is a great example of being intentional with the faux finishing. This technique blends with the overall design of the room. It doesn't stick out and be the first thing your eye looks out.
I am still against faux finishing but I have to admit that there are some good looking ones out there. Call me a snob but I always think the real thing is better, true for walls and true for handbags!
So what is a faux painter anyways? By definition alone, it is not a real painter. Feel free to disagree, I look forward to your comments.