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Decorative Painting and Faux Finishes have progressed over the past several years. They have moved past the clichéd faux sponging and faux ragging techniques that gave mere movement to walls and have entered a unique realm of creativity and realism that can rival many of the Old World looks and techniques, as well as create new designs for interior spaces. We encourage Interior Designers and clients in NJ, NY and PA to take advantage of today's ideas and incorporate them into wall, cabinet, fixture and molding treatments that cover a broad scope of finishing ideas, from antiquing to modern, adding an extra dimension to any room decor.

A Faux Finish applied to a room's walls adds movement and nuance compared to an individual painted color. The subtle interplay of color balance adds an exciting and unique visual element and patina to a room and can polish the appearance and feel that homeowners and designers try to obtain when designing it. Classic Wall Works Artisan's in New Jersey apply their craft not just to walls, but increasingly to cabinets, furniture, molding, medallions, doors, columns, windows and even floors. The idea is no longer just to choose between a small number of finishes, but rather to create a custom visual element that will enhance the Designer's ideas of the final impact of the room.
Below is a small overview of various forms and terms of faux finishing and decorative painting that may help in the selection of a room's look.


Interior Painting in New JerseyCreative Interior Painting Basic Faux Glazing in NJBasic Glazing
Mutiple Colored Faux Painting Techniques in NJMultiple Color and Layered Glazing Faux Embedded Painting in New York and New JerseyEmbedded Faux Painting
Metallic Faux Finishes in NJ, NY, and PAMetallics Stencling in New York, New Jersey and PannsylvaniaStenciling
Venetian Plaster in NJVenetian Plaster Textures and Plaster in New JerseyTextures
Faux Painting in NJMulti-Medium Finishes Faux Marbliong Columns in New JerseyMarbling
Wood Graining in NJFaux Bois Trompe L'oil in New Jersey and New YorkTrompe L'oeil
Fine Art Murals World WideFine Art Murals Painted Cabinets and Antiquing in NJDistressing and Aging


Interior Painting in New JerseyCreative Interior Painting
Interior Painting pushed past its normal single wall color concept. Combined with moldings and wall frames, multiple color concepts can make a dramatic impact without using a faux finishing technique. Splitting a room with a chair rail and adding wall frames gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility to generate excitement to the walls. Using different colors on the top and bottom halves, as well as adding color to the inside of the wall frames, or even painting the inner panels of doors and wall paneling can be the creative element that makes the room stand out.
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Faux Glazing in New Jersey and PennsylvaniaBasic Glazing
Faux Finishing in its simplest form is to take a medium, usually a pigmented glaze, and apply it to a painted surface and manipulate that medium and give it movement and color differential. The varying thickness of the glaze, which is translucent, applied over a solid color, is what makes the color balance shift, giving the walls a faux patina. The application types are endless. What is important is the amount of movement you are trying to achieve. It can be busy or soft, bold or subtle. A good choice for large areas since it is a bit more economical to have applied versus multiple layered and textured techniques.
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Multi Colored Faux PaintingMultiple Color and Layered Glazing
Taking the Basic Glazing concept of a Faux Finish a bit further, you can take a number of colors that work well in the room and apply them in an overlapping manner, showing color shifts throughout the room. These colors can be applied at the same time, giving a tertiary color to the areas where the different pigments meet. Layering is generally the idea of adding a toning layer over an existing glaze or faux finish, to shift it in a certain direction. A good example is to apply a thin layer of white glaze at the end to give the finish an Old World chalky feel.
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Embedded Faux Painting in NJEmbedded Finishes
Glazes, while still wet, can be forced to react with different chemicals and mediums. The reaction creates organic patterns that are different in thickness and thus dry at different rates, giving the faux painting the ability to achieve visual depth. Depending on the chemical medium used, areas of glaze can embed itself into the bottom layer of paint. Fresco paints are similar, since they are applied unevenly and dry accordingly. This uneven organic quality gives a wonderful Old World look and feel while still keeping the surface flat to the touch, a great benefit for those who want the look of texture without the work when you are ready for a change. One of the ideas behind this is the old technique of applying paint over fresh plaster walls. The wet walls absorbed the paint unevenly, giving it an organic embedded pattern. In its Faux Fresco form, a great Faux Old World look in large and small rooms. Used as a base to set up movement under other layers of glaze, a great creative tool adding drama to any finish.
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Metallic Faux techniques in NJ, NY, and PAMetallics
Becoming more and more popular, metallic elements in any faux painting technique can take on a variety of forms. Many companies now offer metallic paints in a huge array of colors, though they are tricky to apply. Many newer venetian plaster products are being offered in metallic tints as well. Glazes can have metallic mica powders added into them, giving subtle translucent shimmers to the faux finish. Waxes take to mica powders extremely well. Gilding is a finishing style that not only has been around for some time, but is making resurgence. The ideas of adding metallics are endless, and can be applied to walls, cabinets and moldings in glaze, paint, plaster and wax. Gold tipping medallions and corbels is a beautiful technique that adds that feel of luxury to a room.
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Stenciling in NJStenciling
Long gone are the ideas of cheap looking cut out shapes for stencils. Today, stenciling has taken on an entirely different look. The creative elements are endless. Free form stenciling, all-over patterns, rich elements, multi-layered dimensional patterns are commonly used on their own or in conjunction with various Faux finishes or venetian plasters. An All-Over Damask pattern, applied over a soft Faux Finish above a chair rail in a Dining Room makes for a classic, rich, sophisticated hand made faux finish that can replicate wallpaper without the problems associated with it. Dimensional grapes and ivy sandwiched between a multi-colored faux finish and broken plaster, a real look of Tuscany.
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Venetian Plaster Techniques in NJVenetian Plaster
Making resurgence is the classic beauty of Venetian Plaster. Do not confuse this with sloppy, textured joint compound walls. Ground marble mixed with lime paste, traditional plasters such as Veneziano and Marmorino are regal and elegant, some of the finest finishes available. When applied properly, it gives the illusion of texture with its translucency, while still maintaining a glass smooth finish. New synthetic plasters are being used and marketed with quite a bit of success. Applied correctly, they can offer a tremendous amount of flexibility to a Designer with their newer metallic properties.
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Textured Finishes in NJTextures
Textured finishes come in all shapes and sizes and mediums. Imagination is the limit. From subtle to bold, textures can be the answer in many situations where the condition of the walls are less than perfect.
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Textured Finishes in NJMulti-Medium Finishes
Combining several different mediums together, ex: Glaze, Sand Stone, Stenciling, all building atop each other to make a completed finish. Many textures are created by building up layers of various plasters to achieve a certain look.
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Reproducing marble is an art form that can be applied to columns, panels, mantels, doors, even walls. Something to consider, when planning on using marble on large surfaces, it is economically unrealistic to truly render marble across a large wall or walls. It lends itself as you would see it in buildings, in pieces that are not huge. If a wall is made of marble, it is usually cut into blocks. Marble "looks" can be applied to large walls. They are softer, faux marble feels that do not exactly replicate any particular marble.
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Faux Bois
Wood Graining has many uses, some that may not be obvious at first glance. The ability to recreate the look of particular woods is something that Designer's sometimes overlook. Besides looking at it from a decorative point, it is also a practical finish. Many doors are fire coded and cannot be made out of real wood. If the moldings around it are all cherry, a Trompe L'oeil paneled door Wood Grained to replicate the cherry trim is a practical choice. Many times, the cabinetry, for example, is made of a classic mahogany, but the available trim installed is painted white. Faux Bios Mahogany can complete the look of the room when the real materials themselves are not available.
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Trompe L'oil in New JerseyTrompe L'oeil
Trompe L'oeil is a style of painting that gives an illusion of photographic and dimensional reality to a flat surface.
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Murals in NJ, NY and PAFine Art Murals
Nothing can add classic Old World impact to a room as a beautifully rendered wall mural. Whether an original piece or a reproduction of a classic painting or style, murals add that high end feel to any interior.
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Distressing and Aging
Many of the Finishing Techniques above can be applied to Moldings, Trim, Furniture and Cabinets. The idea of Antiquing any object is mainly to age it. The amount of Aging and Distress will determine the type of finish and technique used to achieve the look. Very popular today are aged kitchen cabinets, mainly in an off white color with a dark streaked glaze that builds up in the crevices. If the cabinets in a kitchen are in good solid condition but not the look wanted, this is a relatively economical way to make over the kitchen cabinets without the expense of replacing them.
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Faux Marble Columns Faux Finishing.
Venetian Plaster and Faux Glazing.

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