Faux Painting

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Blog, Design, Techniques, Tips | No Comments
Faux Painting

Beige walls are boring.

As we discussed in a previous post, solid color is the next step up.

If you don’t like wallpaper, adding texture with faux painting is the next step up from that.

What is faux painting? Have you ever seen walls that look like a certain texture or special effect, but it’s not wallpaper? Suede walls, leather, denim, metals, and many other looks can be achieved using just wall paint. This technique is called faux painting.

You can do it yourself, or hire a professional, but be warned: doing it yourself can be daunting. You must purchase additional brushes and tools, follow the instructions precisely, and your timing has to be just right. Not to say it can’t be done, but it does require lots of patience.

If you hire a professional, expect to pay about $10/sq. ft. on average.

Here are some examples of textured walls we’ve painted:



This 18-ft brown suede wall is a real attention-grabber.




Red leather walls were a perfect fit for this home office.




We used three coats of paint, each with a different application technique, to create the metallic silver walls in this dining room.