So, why did people ever start blending paints and glazes in the first place to achieve such finishes? My theory is this: For hundreds of years, wallpaper was the staple for wall coverings- especially with the rich and stately. As a wider pallette of colors emerged in the 70s/ 80s, and especially with the emergence of water based paints- people began to turn to paint more than wallpapers. Wallpapering was a nightmare to accomplish, especially with the stubborn adhesives that went along with it. Through the magic of faux finishes, folks could switch up the finishes at their own leisure, could replicate similar effects to wallpaper, and could easily paint over it if they didn't like it.
In 2004, Ralph Lauren paint tried to modernize the faux finish by introducing faux glazes and special tools that produced denim, faux linen, and leather finishes. The trend didn't take off as expected, and most consumers were frustrated by the level of difficulty of the execution of the faux finish. In all honesty- I have yet to see a fauw finish executed properly in a home setting. True, it looks marvelous in the brochures, but that's the extent of it.
|Ralph Lauren Denim Faux Finish|
And now, the trend of wallpapering has come full circle- as many seek to use it as an alternative finish for feature walls- especially with the added ease of removal, and pre-pasted options. Through faux finishes, one sought to replicate the pattern and depth of wallpaper- but, generally failed, as it was very difficult to have any consistency. Thus, wallpaper has made its triumphant return in the decorating world.
The question remains: will faux finishes ever make an evolutionary comeback, or are the days of sponging finally complete?