Home Decor - Faux for Flair
If you've just bought a home, or intending to buy one you can dress the place up with budget friendly Faux finishes and techniques.
Ready to get Creative?
Faux is French for fake, and an illusion that can really take your home decor and designs to a whole new level. Faux techniques range from simple to advanced with many good books on the subject. Faux painting and projects can create subtle or dramatic effects for the mood you want while protecting your wallet.
Places like Home Depot or Lowe's will sometimes offer classes and there's plenty of videos online about it in addition. Doing a little homework and not rushing will ensure you're happy with the results. I do advise happy new faux artists to actually practice the finish on scrap material before actually applying to the intended surface.
Some of the simpler techniques are rag rolling latex or oils, layering and sponge effects. You could create a Tuscany feel to a room or perhaps a faux leather finish for a western room to compliment your trophies or decor. With a little practice, and with good instructions, you'd be surprised how real the final outcome can be.
Take a look at at this faux leather wall, and a great backdrop for a rustic end table and lamp or perhaps a piece of western art.
Personally, I don't like the "cookie-cutter" feel of some new houses and nothing like adding your own touch, and fun to add your sense of personal art to a home.
Faux Decorating Goes Beyond Just Painting
Faux decorating projects can give a mood setting finished to cabinetry, bathrooms, family rooms a private office or den and extend beyond just painting.
How about some faux ceiling beams?
Many homes have high (but boring) ceilings, and faux beams finished to your personal taste can add a warm and stylish touch.
Here's a video from HGTV to give you an example, if you can get past the advertisement, thankfully it's short and the video is great.