Beautiful Decorative Finishes
Lancaster Painters Australia hand crafted decorative finishes are based on the decorative arts and can be applied to any modern, contemporary or heritage setting – to just about any surface you can imagine! Our decorative painting services include faux (fake) paint finishes such as imitation stone, metal, brick and marble (marbling), wood graining, gilding (incl. gold leaf, silver leaf), stencilling, decorative and ornamental ceiling roses and cornices, wallpapering, washes, Venetian plaster, motifs, designs, heraldry, glass art, leadlight, Chinoiserie, furniture finishes, sponging, ragging, sign writing, trompe l’oeil murals and more.
“Gary and Geoffrey offered creative suggestions and painted samples of their suggestions on our wall and ceilings so that we could clearly visualize their suggestions. The result is that our home is beautifully decorated maintaining our desire for a light and open ambience but at the same time reflecting the heritage of our home… Both Gary and Geoff displayed an enthusiasm and commitment to achieving an excellent quality of work. Their knowledge and skill and understanding of the many different painting methods and finishes has opened our eyes to what can be achieved by skilled artisans.” Hon. C. J. Sumner & Suzanne Roux. Read more.
Faux – Fake Finishes
You will be surprised at what we can achieve with a splash of paint! Faux painting or faux finishing are terms used to describe decorative paint finishes that replicate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood or stone. The term comes from the French word faux, meaning false, as these techniques started as a form of replicating materials such as marble and wood with paint, but has subsequently come to encompass many other decorative finishes for walls and furniture including simulating recognisable textures and surfaces.
- Marbleising, faux marbling or fake marble is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using plaster, glaze and painting techniques. See our faux marbling.
- Fresco is a simple technique using mixtures of tint and joint compound to add mottled colour and subtle texture to plain walls, creating stunning effects and artwork. See our frescoes.
- Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) is a technique often used to imitate exotic, expensive, extinct or “hard to find” wood varieties. See our wood graining.
- Trompe l’oeil, “fool the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details as well as depth and 3 dimensionality. See our trompe l’oeil murals.
- Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations. Authentic Venetian Plaster is made from marble dust and ground up limestone. Lancaster Painters Australia offer authentic Italian finishes including Venetian plaster and marmarino. See our Venetian plaster.
- Colour wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of colour using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush. They include French wash, lime wash and so much more. See our washes.
- Strié, from the French for “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of colour using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.
- Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
- Sponging is a free-form finish achieved by applying glaze to the wall by dabbing a sea sponge, in various shapes to achieve either simple design (resembling the wall papers) and more sophisticated ones.