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Written by Colleen Kalil

Faux Finishes for Exteriors

If you live in a community with very similar style homes and want to make your house stand out, consider a faux finish for the exterior. Faux finishes are often used as a way to change the interior of your home, but the right technique in the right place outside your home can add interest and enhance your home’s value. 

A little faux finish goes a long way, so consider the place for your project carefully. A door, entranceway, or patio wall are all possible places to add a few details. Once you choose the place, take the time to create a plan. Sketch out your idea and think about how the finished product will fit in with the overall style of your home. Careful planning can mean the difference between a masterpiece and a disaster.

Depending on how adventurous you are, a texture or pattern can be used, or you can take your idea to a whole other level with a trompe l’oeil creation. Textures can be as simple as a Tuscan or faux brick wall, a wood grain, or marbling. To increase the drama of a Tuscan wall, add climbing vines, a few well-placed cracks, and a faux ceramic medallion.

Create the illusion of three dimensions by using light and dark shades of one color. For example, if your front door is plain with no window or interesting feature, you can paint on panels for a richer look without removing a single screw.

Use faux finishes on outdoor planters, a cement walkway, or a deck to add flair to and create interest in your home’s exterior. University Painters can help you plan and apply the right faux finish. Contact us today to begin planning your next project.