The term faux finish, derived from a French word meaning false, historically meant creating decorative finishes that resembled marble, granite or similar rocks and gems stones as well as several types of wood grains. As it was put to me once, a faux finish should look enough like the real thing to elicit or provoke further inspection. In other words a well executed faux finish will draw your attention not because it looks exactly like a piece of marble or some exotic wood, but because it exhibits the workmanship of the artist. It’s not supposed to look exactly like the real thing.
In recent years owever, the term faux finish has come to encompass a variety of decorative techniques that yield an array of what I describe as fantasy finishes. Fantasy because while they look pleasing to the eye, have no model in the real world. But who cares, as long as they work with the design theme, are aesthetically pleasing and the client approves (and pays).
I have been a decorative artist or should I say a faux finisher, for several years here in San Diego and during that time I have had the opportunity to work on some of the most beautiful and grandest homes in the area. The owners of these homes for the most part have allowed me to create atypical decorative finishes to complement their overall design themes. I have been lucky enough to have worked with some great interior designers as well, that have also let me push the envelope in terms of creating beautiful decorative finishes.
Starting this week I will begin to showcase some of those finishes and describe what it took to create them. Here is a small sampling. See you soon.