What exactly is a faux finish? Faux finishes are the techniques used by decorative painters to recreate the look in wall painting and feel of many types of natural materials. The word “faux” means “false” in French. These finishes can be seen throughout history, starting with the Egyptians who replicated the wood graining on their walls. Throughout time huge advancements have been made to this process. Now the most common forms of these finishes used today replicate the effects of aged plaster, stained paint, wood, limestone, and marble. Faux painting refers to a variety of decorative finishes that can be applied to walls, including sponging, rag rolling, stippling and dragging. In the last decade this “decorative” painting has probably been used in almost every house you see.