Top Faux Finishing Options

Faux finishes are extremely popular as they can create the look of different textures including metallic, sandstone, suede and many others. Faux finishes are easy to produce using the right types of paint. Faux finishes are very popular in large and small rooms and when done correctly they can make a room look much larger. Below we’ve outlined some of the top choices for faux finishes:


This technique allows you to apply a shiny, sparkling metallic look that will wow your guests. Metallic plaster is a special type of paint that is applied using a trowel rather than a paintbrush. The base coat is applied using broad swipes and the texture is generally applied using a miniature sponge roller, followed by the metal plaster itself. The metallic effect can be amplified by using shades that contrast one another when for the texture coat and finishing coat.

Artisan Finishes

Artisan paint finishes come in a wide range of styles and can produce various looks. These types of finishes are generally applied to drywall or wood. Below are some of the most popular artisan finishes and how to achieve them:

Tissue Paper – Simply place a piece of tissue paper in the wet paint and remove it when it dries to achieve a tissue paper textured effect.

Leaves – The leaf effect is done the same way as the tissue paper effect, but instead of using tissue paper, use decorative leaves which can be purchased at most craft stores.

Crackle – The crackle effect can easily be achieved by applying a glaze with a wooden stick rather than a brush. The crackle effect is a very popular look, providing you with the looks associated with older European-style wall coverings.


The sandstone look is one of the most popular as it is fast and easy to replicate. To achieve the sandstone look, start by painting the corners and the trim with a regular brush, then use a half-inch nap roller to roll on the finish. Once the first coat is completely dry, apply a second coat. This ensures that the final look is granular and gritty in appearance like real sand.

Brushed Suede

Suede is a material that is loved by many people, so much so that people want to have a similar look on their own interior walls. When working to achieve the brushed suede look, it is best to work in small sections rather than trying to tackle the entire wall at once. Use a half-inch nap roller to apply the base coat, then roll over the entire wall from top to bottom to eliminate any lap marks. Afterwards, using a wide paint brush, paint in continuous overlapping X’s which creates a variety of tone and colour. This finish is best used in areas of your home that are not high-traffic as the finish can easily scratch.

Adding textured faux finishes is not as complex as it may sound, but to achieve a professional textured finish, it is always best to hire a professional painter to achieve the results you desire. ProRise Painting offers a wide range of faux finishing options and can help you achieve the look you desire. Get in Touch with our team and learn about all of our faux finishing options.



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