Faux with Flair
Faux Finish & Accent Painting

Faux History

You may be surprised to learn faux finishing has been around for centuries. Faux (from the French word for "fake") finishing is not limited to the dated look of sponged and rag rolled walls.

In ancient Egypt artists painted the walls of tombs and sarcophagi with their limited palette of primary pigments. Greek artists used decorative finishing mostly in their temples with murals featuring architectural elements, marbleizing, and grisaille. During the Middle Ages, decorative artistry consisted mainly of religious icons and scenes in the churches and castles. Faux was first used extensively in the 17th century adorning the palaces of Europe. By the 19th century decorative artists were in high demand, as the middle and upper classes began to lavishly decorate their homes — something formerly reserved for the extremely wealthy. Some of the decorative finishes these artisans created were glazes and patinas, parchment, stenciling, marbleizing, faux bois (fake wood), fresco murals and trompe l'oeil. The interest in decorative painting continued into the early 20th century, with the art deco style of the 20's and 30's being the most notable.stenciling, gilding (gold leaf) and faux bois were used frequently.

Today's faux artist can effectively render many fine finishes such as Venetian plaster and other Olde World textures, glazes, hand-painted decoration, stenciling and others. Attention to detail and proper technique is necessary in order to make these finishes believable and authentic.


Unique, Luxury Designs and Textures

Helpful Hints

  • Be aware of prices quoted on the phone as they usually increase as the job progresses
  • Make sure you are comfortable with the faux finisher
  • Communication is important to achieve professional results
  • Get an estimate and a signed contract
  • Get a copy of their general liability insurance
  • Expect the faux finisher to start work and complete the job in a timely manner

Contact Liz

Sarasota FL

Your Faux Project

Faux artist, Liz Iverson takes the time to understand your needs and determine the best solutions to meet those needs. She understands that you want your faux finishing project completed to your satisfaction and is dedicated to her clients.

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Step 1— Initial Consult

To assure an accurate cost and time estimate, Liz will come to your home or business with a full line of samples, portfolio photos and color fan decks for an initial consult. She will do a walk-through with you and and ask you questions. As you go through the samples and photos, you select those you like. Liz will offer advice about those best suited to the areas you want finished, which samples work best over which types of surfaces, and whether some areas can be smoothed in order to give you the finished effect you desire. Some type of faux work well over rough surfaces, while others work best over smooth surfaces. Email Liz for your Initial Consult.

Step 2 — The Estimate

After the type of faux is selected, Liz will measure the area and calculate the project cost. Estimating a Faux Finishing project is extremely difficult to do over the phone, without seeing the room. There are many variables that the artisan must take into consideration such as height, wall separations, surface condition, type of faux selected and detail. These will all affect the price.

Step 3 — The Sample

After deciding to hire Faux with Flair, the contract needs to be signed and a deposit is required in order for Liz to begin the custom samples for your project. Liz will return in a few days with sample boards for your approval. Once a sample board is selected and approved, we can schedule the start date for your faux project.

Step 4 — Getting the Job Done

The prep is critical to the outcome of the job as well as protecting the surrounding area and the client's personal belongings. Liz pays close attention to detail ensuring the entire surface is prepared appropriately and completely. This takes time and should not be rushed. Understanding the process ensures a more relaxed atmosphere and working experience. Faux is a series of steps and is not done in an instant. Often, many steps are required to reach the desired results and give you the effect you are seeking.

Step 5 — Satisfaction Guaranteed

In order to ensure your complete satisfaction, Liz is dedicated to detail, balance and aesthetics. She will always clean the work area before inviting you to approve the completed project.

Thinking about a Faux Finish project?

See the creative texture samples. View the portfolio. Learn more about Liz. Email Liz at fauxwithflair@verizon.net for your intial consult.