The easiest faux painting technique would be sponging (or in some cases splattering), though I do feel that the majority of decorative paint designs require a certain amount of practised skill to give them that professional look and feel. Even so, one of the most enjoyable parts of applying a faux technique is the process itself.

Your finished project is important, of course, but don't be to hard on yourself if the first couple of tries aren't quite what you where expecting. With that said, practise makes perfect so be sure to test your chosen techniques first on a piece of primed bristol board, followed by using a less conspicuous wall (in the laundry room or walk in closet for example).

Below you will find some of the most important fauxing tips along with links to pages that will help you apply each specific faux painting technique.


Manufacturers of painting tools have created an assortment of combs and brushes etc., that will make the process of applying a faux technique that much easier for you. From rollers that can distribute two colors at a time to specialized paint stamping pads your faux tool choices are numerous.

Of course, due to the assortment of faux tools to choose from you will have a large list of fauxing techniques to test out.


Almost every type or formulation of paint can be applied when doing a faux finish. Your base coat should have a flat sheen though as oppose to something that's on the glossier side. By keeping the top paint coatings flatter in sheen they will adhere more readily to those paints that are underneath.

Keep in mind too that oil or alkyd paints are more workable than latex ones because of the slower drying time. With that said, oil paints do have their own inherent issues (ie. smell, clean up and toxicity). So in saying that using a latex paint along with a water based glaze mixture is, in most cases, the recommended medium when applying a faux painting technique.


BR>Most faux painting techniques involve the process of blending (or combining) at least two or more colors into a design scheme. Because of the large selection of tools, colors and shapes there are a number of techniques for implementing your own interpretations to the surfaces of your home. Furthermore, when doing a faux, you can also make your designs a little more unique by using more than one style of faux technique with in the same project. As an example, you could rag roll a base coat onto your surface then follow up by sheen striping for the finished look.

As mentioned above some faux painting techniques need the purchase of a couple easy to use tools while others may require a little more skill and knowledge.

The faux painting and ideas page (below) should help you with a few more decorative painting suggestions along with how to directions, including the tools to use or products and materials that might be needed. this book is also very good and amazingly well priced considering the information and and photos that you're getting.

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