Finishing is simply adding paint or plaster to create some variation of color or pattern on a surface. It is often used to mimic another material (paint instead of plaster, plaster instead of wood) for reasons of economy and durability.
At its worst….it’s really bad – cheesy and garish – the popcorn ceiling of the paint world. The best embraces a long tradition of artisans and craftspeople using various decorative painting techniques – glazing, marbleizing, wood-graining, fresco, tromp l’oeil, and mural work to embellish our spaces.
Feel free to browse through these pictures and samples using links at the top of the page to see how others are decorating their spaces!