Many people these days are finding faux finishes a welcome alternative to off-white walls. Faux comes from the French "to fool". Faux finishes are custom finishes that can transform the look of just about any surface including drywall, plaster, wood and metal.

You can make a smooth wall look like rough plaster in the style of the US southwest or an Italian Villa or, you can use a faux finish to hide the imperfections in a rough wall.

A piece of furniture or a fireplace mantle made from an inexpensive material can be transformed into an elegant marble surface.

Accent colours can be used to accentuate architectural features like crown mouldings, pillars and ceiling medallions.

A surface can be made to look old to add character.

Faux finishes can be made to look like wallpaper but offer several advantages over wallpaper. Faux finishes can be customized to suit the scale of a room. In a very large room a wallpaper with an extra wide stripe might be exactly what the room needs but it might not exist. No problem, you can create it with a faux finish.

Unlike wallpaper, faux finishes don't have seams that can lift if exposed to excess humidity. In extreme conditions, such as an indoor pool area, you can apply a sealant to a faux finish to provide even greater protection. It's also much easier to touch up a faux finish than to repair wallpaper.

You can also control the feel of the room by choosing the surface finish. Choosing matte or glossy, bright or subdued, dictates if the room feels elegant, bold, soft or quiet.

Here is a list of some of the different faux finishes available followed by a few pictures showing work done by Creative Finishes.
  • Rag Rolling - Rag Rolling is a way to dress up a wall. It provides a different look than sponging. Rag rolling involves using 2 different colours, a positive and a negative. The positive colour you put on with a rag and the negative colour you take it off with a rag.
  • Faux Finish Stripe - This is a sponge blend with 2 different colours, made to look like wallpaper. You can get custom colours that you can't get with wallpaper. You can control the width of the stripe and how soft, bold or elegant you want it to look.
  • Sponge Blend - Sponging, like rag rolling, allows you to dress up a wall. It provides a solid look and can provide either a bold or soft appearance.
  • Marble - A fireplace mantle, crown mouldings, columns or pillars, and even furniture can be painted to resemble marble.
  • Antiquing / Stressing - Antiquing and stressing is used to create an old weathered look. It's used mostly on furniture.
  • Wood Graining - A false wood grain can be added to any surface. It's most commonly used on either flat metal doors or pieces of furniture that don't have much natural grain.
  • Plaster Sante Fe Look - The Sante Fe look refers to making a wall look like it has a rough stucco surface. The advantage it has over a real stucco surface is that it's faster and more economical than applying stucco and if your tastes change later all you have to do is paint over it.
  • Custom highlighting of Architectural Features - Custom highlighting refers to hand rubbing a darker colour into the crevices of an architectural feature like crown moulding or a ceiling medallion. It creates depth, character and an aged look.

Faux stripe painted to resemble wallpaper.


Crown moulding has been stressed with the wallpaper colours to look old.


Door bell cover was given a faux marble look to blend in with the wall coverings.