Faux finishes are techniques that simulate surfaces like marbling, wood graining, leather, tortoiseshell and other organic materials found in nature. Most of the historic houses and palaces in Europe boast some form of marbling and wood graining because these materials were so expensive to acquire that it made sense to commission a craftsman to give an acceptable rendering of them. In some cases actual marble was too heavy to be installed so that a faux marbre was a more logical option.
Techniques such as striéing (dragging), color washing, sponging, ragging and stippling are not faux finishes. In Europe they are collectively called decorative techniques, or broken color effects. This simply means that a colored glaze is applied to let’s say a wall and then broken up with a brush, cloth, sponge etc.
Gilding, patination, aging and distressing come under the very large umbrella of a finisher’s repertoire. Stencilling, découpage and trompe l’oeil are other skills that have to be acquired in order to fully round off a faux finisher’s portfolio.
Ancient Modern Finishes creates custom finishes to enhance the environment you live or work in-from traditional to contemporary, elegant to eccentric; we can create a gorgeous finish for your project.
A few of our finishes:
- Gilding all types of leaf
- Distressed plaster/texture
- Stone and Granite
- Skim Stone
- Lime paint
- Venetian and metallic plasters
- Aged and patinated metals
- Denim, Suede, Linen and Silk
- Harlequins, Plaids and Stripes
- Raised and Embedded patterns
- Bamboo, Tortoiseshell and Malachite
- Faux Leather
- Parquetry and Marquetry
Florian uses the combined techniques of faux finishes and trompe l'oeil in his ceiling treatments. Painted ceilings are one of the most intriguing of canvases, dating back as far as the 17th century when they were widely seen adorning the palaces of Europe. Painted ceilings can adorn your palace. You'll be absolutely thrilled when the piece designed for your home or business enhances your new environment.
Murals are large paintings, and are most commonly created on expansive walls in private homes, as well as on public buildings. Florian strives to create a realism that fools the spectator’s eye into thinking they are looking at a genuine three-dimensional image.
Trompe l'oeil is a French term which means “trick the eye.” Sometimes called illusionism, this unique style of painting gives the appearance of three-dimensional or photographic realism. It has flourished since The Renaissance, and can be playful or intellectually serious.