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Selecting a Finish
Faux (pronounced "f0") is a french word meaning false.  Faux finishing and decorative painting
have been around for centuries and will continue to be around for many more.   Think of the
ruins unearthed in Pompeii, the heavily decorated tombs of ancient Egypt, and the frescoes painted during the Renaissance period.   Not only were murals used to decorate homes but natural materials were mimicked with painting techniques such as marbling and wood graining when one could not afford the real thing.

These days most people know faux finishing as a form of decorative painting encompassing many types of finishes from the original marbling and wood graining to basic colorwashes, distressing, aged plasters, venetian plasters, metallic finishes, wallpaper looks and more.  Faux finishing can add character, ambiance, coziness, warmth, and comfort to your home.

Where to find Inspiration:
We encourage you to visit open houses, show homes, look through magazines and books, or search the web.  Print or tear out pictures and keep in a file.  After awhile you should notice that all your choices have common elements either in color, texture, or style.   Fabrics for draperies, furniture, bedding, and rugs can all be good sources of inspiration as well.

Selecting Color:
Most people find this to be the most difficult part of the process.   Dark colors can make areas appear smaller while light colors can make spaces appear larger and more open.  However, you also need to consider lighting and the atmosphere you want to create.  Are you looking for drama and elegance for your dining room or a calming, relaxing feeling for your bedroom.  Faux Illusions has done many small powder rooms in dark colors and they look amazing. 

Several paint stores now offer sample sizes.  We recommend getting some sample boards and painting them with selected sample colors and then move them around the room to view in different lighting at different times of the day.

For areas where you are considering a colorwash or other glazing technique you should select the color based on the faux finishing sample board.  Base coat color effects the color of the glazing treatment.  You select the colorwash you like and the base coat color is selected for you.

Textures:
You may have the knockdown or orange peel texture that is so common in the Denver area.  These textures can limit your choices of available faux finishes.  Colorwashes, tissue, some glazing techniques, and random plasters can be good choices.  If you choose a Venetian Plaster, Luster Stone, Specialty Waxes, or other plaster finishes you will need to have the walls skim-coated to creative a smooth base.  This of course adds cost.  Faux Illusions will either quote this for you or sub it to our preferred contractor.  Either way our prices for this service are very reasonable.

Timing - Can save you time & money:
Most faux finishes can be done at anytime.  If you are replacing flooring you may want to consider having the work done before new flooring is installed particularly if the finish is on a ceiling or requires scaffolding.

For new construction Faux Illusions prefers to have the initial consult as the drywall is going up.
If you have the luxury of selecting your texture this can help to save you money since many plaster finishes can be done directly over raw drywall or require a smooth (level 5) drywall texture.  True a level 5 texture may cost you more now but it saves you money later in paying
an artist to skim-coat it in preparation for venetian plasters, etc.

This is also a good time to discuss paint color as the base color greatly effects the look of any colorwash or glazing techniques.  For colorwashes and other glazing techniques the paint used needs to be an eggshell sheen.  Getting the faux finishing artist involved at this stage can also save you time and money.  If you select a colorwash and had the home painted in flat wall paint you will need to have the walls painted again prior to the faux finishing adding more cost.