It’s a staple in every professional faux finisher’s repertoire. It had fallen “out of favor” for a while for a variety of reasons. One cause of its slide in popularity was because many homeowners and designers thought of it as “sponge painting,” the ubiquitous (and ugly) faux finish of the 1980s that found its way on to a lot of walls. This type of “glaze” was all about the tool – and having the impression of the tool be seen – front and center. Today’s softly, blended glaze finish is all about subtle depth and ever-so-slight texture – which just lends interest, beauty and atmosphere to a space.
Many different plasters usurped the glaze’s predominance in residential homes as well. The popularity (but still very misunderstood) of Venetian Plasters and Tuscan textures stole the spotlight for quite a while on the decorative painting scene. But as Wall Street and real estate faltered and wallets were squeezed, homeowners and designers alike turned to simpler – yet beautiful – finishes on walls and furnishings.
|A light taupe base with pearl glaze in a living room/dining room that we did in Nassau County|
Most of my clients know that I have been on a soapbox about this – but I have to let the world know that there is a world of difference in glazes – just as there are differences in a Hugo and a Jaguar. Some glaze products dry up too quickly and, in the wrong, untrained hands, this results in lap lines, dark lines (or very light lines) at the ceiling and baseboard lines. We only use professional, to-the-trade products that give you a beautiful and soft finish. There also a big difference in proficiencies in who applies the glaze. House painters who say they do faux finishes – and who are not trained properly – will give you the 80s blobby finish that went out years ago. So – when you do intend to hire a faux finisher to do some magic on your walls – ask to see their portfolio – in photos and actual samples. You will be better able to judge if they are a true professional after seeing some proof of their work!
My company will soon be teaching Professional Faux Finishing Techniques in our Huntington NY Studio. So, stay tuned to this blog for our teaching schedule!