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Custom painting contains a broad category of custom finishes, such as, patinas, faux finishes, trompe l'oeil, gilding, and murals. One the most misused words today is "faux", being substituted for custom finishes or patinas. To the custom painter, faux means "fake" and represents painting a natural or manmade material such as a marble, wood, semi-precious stone, leather, tile, etc.


The modern day definition of "patina" represents a wide range of finishes like sponging, rag rolling, color washing, aging, etc. (And yes, I'm as guilty as the next person, I use "wall glazing" in place of "patina". Glazing is the action of doing the finish.)

The benefits of using custom finishes in any interior design scheme can easily be seen when a rare marble or exotic wood is rendered with paint for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Such custom finishes can be painted on nearly any surface with very few limitations.

An added benefit to using custom finishes as opposed to using the real thing is the artist's ability to alter colors to match existing room colors. This would not be possible if you're using a natural marble or stained wood.

Adding painted architectural elements to one's interior design is another benefit in using custom finishes. Trompe l'oeil (a French word meaning "to fool your eye") can, in fact, solve architectural design problems, or accentuate architectural elements making an ordinary room, extraordinary.

For example, if you can't find the right size column, base, and capital, or the right style of column, or it may not come in a certain color of marble, the problem is solved with a trompe l'oeil technique. Want to create a door way to add another dimension to a room, visually expand a room, or play a trick on your pet? Using a trompe l'oeil technique can help to do just that.

Custom painting is more than just appealing to the eye, there is real value added to your home, just as there is real value in painting your home to protect it's exterior. In addition, there is the emotional value of a visually pleasing design done well.

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