Forget the theatrical specialist paint finishes of the 1980s, faux finishes and broken colour are back in demand bringing layers of interest, texture and light-play to interiors.

So, what is a faux finish? Simply put, it is a term used to describe decorative paint finishes that copy the appearance of another material. Marble, wood, stone, metal and plaster are the most common sources of inspiration for faux finishing, such as wood graining, panelling, marbling, stone-blocking, dragging, and using metallics in glazes. Increasingly our clients are asking us to devise bespoke finishes to bring subtlety, sophistication and refinement to a scheme. Exactly matching a shade from soft furnishings to the rest of the interior gives an unsurpassed quality seldom found in standard coded emulsions.

5 fabulous faux finishes