Faux Finishes for Furniture

Decorating a home is never an easy task. There are more different choices for room decor than ever before, and figuring out which pieces go with one another can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned of designers. One area of decor that has taken on a life of its own in recent years is the addition of faux finishes for furniture. If you are considering creating a faux finish on your furniture, take a look at the ones below for inspiration.


Is your home or living room a formal space? You can easily transform a plain wooden coffee table or side table into a piece that appears made from marble. Marble has been a long standing home decor faux finish, because it adds variety and visual interest to a piece. Designers often use this finish for columns in a home to give the appearance that they are made from marble and not wood or other structural materials. Marble designs can be done in a variety of colors and create a calm, cool look or one that is warmer and more detailed. If you are going to attempt marble faux finishing, practice on a small piece before moving onto the more expensive table base.

Crackled and Distressed

The worn look is not only for blue jeans and home decorators know it. One of the most popular looks is the crackled and distressed look. These finishes give the appearance that the furniture is old and worn, when in fact, it is structurally sound and usually brand new. Designers like this look for more informal homes, because it gives off a relaxed feel and invites homeowners and guests to come and relax. Unlike marble or more formal faux finishes, the fact that these pieces already look worn, subliminally gives the message that it is okay to use the furniture and be comfortable. Crackled and distressed looks are very easy to apply to wooden furniture, but, as with any faux finish, it is best to practice first on a smaller piece of furniture or wood.


Sleek and bold contemporary styles beg for metallic designs. When your furniture budget is more thrift store finds than shiny chrome tables, have no fear. You can quickly and easily create a metallic faux finish on just about any piece of furniture. Today's spray paints and acrylics are much better at adhering to furniture materials. Begin by spraying on a coat of primer and then using one of the metallic spray paints that are specifically made to adhere to plastic or wood. Your guests will never know that the shiny silver coffee table was once the wooden centerpiece in someone else's home.

No matter what look you are trying to achieve in a room, there is a faux finish for furniture that will help achieve that look. Challenge convention and create a look with your furniture that is unique. When the room is complete, the addition of faux finished furniture will be the key that helps tie the room's elements together.

Professional designer Jessica Ackerman, writes for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, and specializes in decorating with cityscape wall art and southwestern wall art.

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