Creative Ways to Use Faux Finishes In Your Home

Alongside navy blue, butterflies, and foldable furniture, faux finishes were forecasted as being fashionable for homes at the start of this year. Homeowners are opting for the faux alternative to materials such as real wood, leather, and quartz, for reasons pertaining to durability and budget-friendliness, and with the steep price of authentic materials, we can hardly blame them. Here are a few faux finishing ideas we love.  

 

(Painted) Faux Concrete  

As our readers will already know, we love the understated chic-ness of industrial elements, be it weathered metal fixtures, exposed beams, or concrete. To achieve the look of concrete, without any major renovations, we recommend this layered painting technique, via Apartment Therapy. 

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Faux Thin Bricks  

Again, along the lines of industrial-chic, is exposed brick, which tends to lend the look of rustic-ness when used on the exterior of the home as well as the interior. And while real brick is great, it can also be difficult to clean and maintain, and can present temperature control issues down the road. A DIY alternative is using faux thin bricks, which can be purchased in varying degrees of thickness.  

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(Painted) Faux Marbling 

Real marble is beautiful, durable, and luxurious looking, but it is also expensive. For anyone thirsting for just a ‘lil luxury, without the hefty price tag, the look of marble can be faked using black, white, and grey kraft paint, and a variety of textured surfaces, such as a foam roller, a toothbrush, sponges, and rags.  

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Faux Leathering Using Kraft Paper 

Though it’s not exactly easy to mimic the rich, buttery look of leather, it’s not impossible. This DIY, via the DIY Network, shows how you can use kraft paper covered by polyurethane glaze to create a look reminiscent of leather.  

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Written by Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance website content writer based in Toronto.

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