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Decorative finishes encompasses many decorative effects such as colourwashing, ageing and distressing, stencilling and faux effects. All can be used to transform a room, a wall or a piece of furniture to compliment a decorative scheme or make a bold statement.

Faux effects replicate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood or stone using either water based or oil based paints. The term comes from the French word Faux, meaning false. Four principal stages are generally involved in creating the perfect decorative paint finish; the surface must first be prepared before the appropriate base coats of paint are applied, then the effect is created in whatever medium has been chosen and finally the surface is protected with one or more layers of varnish.

Effects can be used to disguise defects and highlight good proportion and design, transforming the dullest of rooms and the gloomiest of furniture.

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