Color Washing | Ragging | Antiquing | Sponge Painting

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conference room faux finish

faux painted fireplace feature wall

Elegant grey faux finish for an East Mesa home

Crackle finish master bedroom ceiling for a Scottsdale home

Faux painted accent walls for a Phoenix home

Faux painted walls for a Chandler home

Faux painted master suite accent walls for a Scottsdale home

Faux finish accent walls for a Phoenix home

Faux finished fireplace for a north Scottsdale home

Faux finished fireplace for a north Scottsdale home

Neutral faux finish for a north Scottsdale home

Faux fabric texture for a Scottsdale dry cleaners

Faux painted bedroom unit for a North Scottsdale home

Faux venetian plaster finish for a Paradise Valley home

2 color faux finish cooker hood and fireplace for a North Scottsdale home

mixed color faux finish for a North Scottsdale foyer

Faux painted ceiling inset for a Cave Creek dining room

Adobe style faux for a North Scottsdale home

Faded aged faux for a North Scottsdale home

Multi-colored faux for a North Scottsdale home

Faux finish painted in a North Scottsdale powder room

Faux painted great room fireplace for a Paradise Valley home

Faux painted bar feature for a Paradise Valley home

Faux finish for a North Scottsdale games room

Faux venetian plaster for an Ahwatukee kitchen.

Faux painted dining room ceiling for an East Mesa home

Faux painted office suite for a home in Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale

2 color faux finish for a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

Faux finish painted to match onyx basins in Fountain Hills master bathroom

Multiple faux finishes for a North Scottsdale home

Faux painted stairwell for a North Phoenix home

2 color faux leather finish for a Study in a Scottsdale home

Yellow adobe faux finish for a Guest Bedroom in a Paradise Valley home

3 color faux finish for a Guest Bathroom in a Paradise Valley home

rustic terracotta faux finish for a Study/Den in a Paradise Valley home

1 color faux finish for a Guest Bathroom in a Paradise Valley home

1 color faux finish over red basecoat for the Family Room in a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

1 color faux finish for a complete interior in Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale

2 color faux finish for the Wet Bar in a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

2 color faux finish for the Master Bathroom in a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

1 color faux finish for all the main living areas in a North Scottsdale home

faux painted walls and ceilings

2 color faux finish for main living areas to match pre-existing faux in a North Scottsdale home

3 color faux finish for the Master Bathroom in a Carefree home

1 color faux finish for the complete interior of a North Scottsdale home

Faux painted vertical blinds in the Study of a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

Faux painted ceiling inset and arch for a North Scottsdale home

2 color faux finish for an ethnic themed Powder Room in a North Scottsdale home

2 color aged faux finish for the Entry Hall of a Paradise Valley

2 color antiqued faux finish for a Wine Bar in a Paradise Valley home

1 color aged faux finish throughout the main living areas in a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

Faux wallpaper for a Guest Bathroom in a Paradise Valley home

3 color faux finish for the Master Bathroom of a home in Sun Lakes

3 color sponged Powder Room for a home in the Biltmore Estates, North Central Phoenix

Faux painted aged and antiqued fireplace for a family room in a Carefree home

Faux painted aged fireplace for a kitchen seating area in a Desert Mountain, North Scottsdale home

Faux painted and aged fireplace for a family room in a Scottsdale home

 
Color wash faux finishing . . .

can be achieved using a brush, sponge or rag, depending on the quality of the surface being worked on and the required quality of the finished texture. As it’s one of the simplest decorative techniques, it’s commonly used for large areas, even complete interiors. Although you can use vibrant colors, this technique is usually chosen when a very soft, subtle finish with low contrast is desired. The more colors used, or the less contrast between base coat and top color, the more soft and subtle the effect.

Ragging faux finishing . . .

in a sense is self-explanatory – it’s the use of rags to apply and manipulate paint on a surface. However, depending on the type of fabric used and just how it’s used, a wide variety of finished effects can be achieved. A common technique is rag rolling where the fabric is formed into a ball or a sausage like shape and then rolled across the wall. Depending on the fabric quality and the number of colors used, this alone can produce very different textures and appearances. Ragging can also be used as the basis for more complex finishes such as marbling and other stone finishes.

Antiquing faux finishing . . .

is the application of a tinted glaze to give the appearance of aging and dirt. While it might sound rather unsavory, the effect can provide character and warmth to an otherwise bland surface. This technique can be a useful way of warming up a room and disguising minor imperfections as an alternative to applying a new base coat. And depending on how the glaze or paint is applied, it can produce a similar effect to colorwashing. Although any darker color can be used depending on the effect you wish to create, for an aged antiquing effect, dark brown or black tend to be the most commonly used colors. A similar technique can also be used to add a contrasting color as a highlight.

Sponge faux finishing . . .

has acquired a poor reputation, largely, I suspect, because of some of the rather crude examples featured by many “do-it-yourself” books. In reality, the use of sponges is very common when color washing on textured drywall or when seeking to achieve a soft stone appearance. The fact that the finishes don’t look like they’ve been painted with a sponge is because of the way the sponge is manipulated across the surface. Of course, the appearance of an obviously sponged effect can work in certain situations, particularly where you want hints of metallic.

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For more information, to see my portfolio, request a free consultation or estimate, or simply to ask a question, contact me – Doug Morris: 480.232.9778 | doug(@)fineartdecor.net.

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