Decorative Effects

There are a wide variety of effects we can offer.  Here is a glossary to get your creative juices flowing!
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Aged, Antiqued and Distressed Effects

OldwhitecrackleWant the elegant effect seen in the varnish on old wood? This finish gives the surface an appearance of being aged or worn and is achieved by using a crackle medium, tinted wax, varnish or glaze.

Color Wash

This technique creates soft, subtle color variations by using two or more thin layers of tinted glaze blended together with a brush.

Embossed Stencils


A raised dimensional design is created by applying plaster through a stencil, transferring the design to the exposed surface area.


afterTeraceHallfireplaceDBSeveral layers of plaster are applied creating a texture that looks and feels like stone. Tinted glazes add color and depth and are customized to match any decor.


Fresco Finish

A dramatic effect with the appearance of aged or weathered limestone. Several layers of plaster are followed by a pigment wash, which creates the “Old World” fresco look.

Gilding/Gold Leaf

An elegant and dramatic effect is the result with gold leaf. It is an extremely thin metal leaf which is applied using sizing to adhere the leaves.

Glass Bead

glassbeadlinenThe glass bead technique can be used to create so many gorgeous effects. A glass bead medium can be added to a variety of finishes. They can be applied through a stencil or on an entire wall or ceiling. Glass beads can also be used to create a linen-like texture or be mixed with crushed glass.


For an unusual look on a tabletop or wall, this treatment simulates the appearance of real leather, using layers of plaster sealed with a coat of wax.

Linen and Denim


Simulating the look of fabric, these techniques use a dragging brush or a special combing tool to create fine stripes in the surface of the finish.


A stunning way to enhance architectural details or tabletops, this technique simulates the look of real marble using either a glaze or plaster base.

Metallic Finishes & Foils

metallicCreate visual interest using metallic finishes. Metallic foils are applied using a sizing medium, then sealed with varnish. The metallic foils come in a wide range in colors.

Modello Stencil

modelloCreate visual interest with this specialized stencil, which adheres to the surface of the ceiling and may be used with a variety of applications including paint, metallic paint, plaster, metallic foils and gold leaf.

Plaster: Venetian Plaster

A mirror-like surface that appears textured but is smooth to the touch, this effect is created by applying plaster with a spatula or trowel and burnishing (hand rubbing) it.

Plaster: Weathered Plaster

A deep texture is created from several coats of plaster applied with varied tools. Color is added through application of a pigment wash, tinted glaze, or metallic wax.


A lovely depth and textured pattern can be created with this glazing technique, which uses bunched-up rags to distribute color.


French for “stripe”, this glazing technique simulates the look of linen or denim fabrics. The soft, thin lines of color are created by pulling a wide, stiff brush through wet glaze, paint or plaster.


Stripe effects can be subtle or dramatic with the use of different finishes including tinted glazes and acrylic or metallic paints.


Create a backsplash simulating tumbled marble or porcelain tile, using smooth or weathered plaster.


travertine1Often used on furniture, this glazing technique uses multiple steps to create the look of travertine marble.

Wallpaper alternative

wallpaperAn all-over wallpaper look pattern or a specific focal area may be created by applying paint, plaster or other material through a stencil, transferring the design to the exposed surface area.

Wood Graining

The illusion of wood grain finish is simulated, using a mix of different tinted glazes applied with a variety of brushes and tools. This is a stunning effect to highlight tabletops, panels, fireplace surrounds, or other trims.