Faux Painting and Faux Finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. The name comes from the French word “faux” which translates to “false”. These techniques initially started replicating marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass several other finishes with walls and furniture which includes simulating recognizable textures and surfaces.

Faux Finishing began with plaster and stucco finishes and dates back over five-thousand years. Faux painting has continued to be popular throughout the ages. It resurged in the neoclassical revival of the nineteenth century and in the art deco style of the twenties and thirties.

Here at Anglo we can customize and design Faux Finish techniques and colors to accommodate any space or style.  We will assist you with design ideas and will create a custom Faux Finish. We are committed to providing a customized look based on your existing decor, and budget. During our initial consult, you will be provided with a collection of faux samples by combining colors, paint, textures and glazes. We can provide you with a custom finish on your walls, ceilings, floors, furniture- any painted surface.

Modern day Faux Finishing consists basically of two major materials/ processes; Glaze work involves taking a medium (usually a pigmented glaze and applying it to a painted surface and manipulate it to give it movement and color differentia.

Glazes are for more durable and longer lasting than basic paint finishes. Glazes add depth to the appearance of texture and utilize multiple colors to unify a room. Choices abound in the way of a color washing, suede, and leather effects, stone, color graduations, parchment, antique, faux metals, and distressing.

Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters or washed over with Earth pigments, generally applied with a towel or spatula. These various finishes can result with either a flat smooth finish, or alternately textured.

The classic beauty of Venetian Plaster is making a resurgence, Venetian Plaster consists of ground marble dust with lime paste. Traditional plasters such as Veneziano and Mamorino are regal and elegant and are also some of the finest finishes available. It gives the illusion of texture with its translucency, whilst still maintaining a glass smooth finish. Venetian Plaster is especially useful on surfaces where marble panels could not be installed easily and on surfaces that would simply be too expensive to have been sculpted from real marble such as columns, corbels and curved walls. The ability to tint Venetian Plaster is especially helpful when a specific color of a marble is desired or when a color that does not exist naturally is wanted, when sealed it is durable enough for bathrooms, kitchens, and in most high traffic areas. Several hotels and casinos have chosen to use extensively as the luxurious look and feel of silk are a signature of the opulence of Venetian Plaster.

Metallic plaster is similar to metallic paint, it is typically applied with a trowel instead of a roller. The plaster gives you more design options and a wide range of colors. It has a deep lustre and offers the shimmering effect of having a metal in the finish. Some metallic plasters contain a blend of glass spheres and pearlescent and mica particles for a rich deep color that shines.

Aged Finishes

Aged finishes are based on faux techniques that provide the appearance and feeling of an earlier time in history.

Artesian Finish

Artisan finishes are another throwback from older European style wall coverings. Artisan finishes can be used on drywall or wood to give the impression of marble or stone. What makes these finishes unusual is that the various styles and hues in the paint seem to change depending on the light that shines on the light that shines on the wall, so as the lighting changes the highlights in different colors. The finishes can range from decorative to rustic to natural.


All woods have two characteristics that play important roles in determining their final appearance, their natural color, and size of their pores. Unlike paint, both water based and oil based stains are absorbed into the wood rather than laying on top of it. For that reason the natural wood color will blend with the color of the stain you choose in order to accurately predict the final color of your project. In addition to their natural color, each species of wood has unique properties that also affect the staining results.

We can create custom mixed stains to accentuate the natural beauty of the wood with the ability to highlight or minimize the tones and graining within the wood depending on the projects requirements.

Faux Bois

Faux Bois (meaning “false wood” in French) refers to the artistic imitation of wood or grains. The history of creating wood grain with paints, stains and glazes can be traced back to the 19th century France and England. Exotic woods were difficult to import and could be quite expensive. Designers increasingly relied on the talents of artists to recreate the look of popular woods of the day like burl, rosewood, and mahogany. Today a resurgence of Faux Bois painting techniques has resulted from bans on the importation of endangered wood species.