Murals: A painting of any style that is
applied to and made integral with a wall or ceiling
surface. Techniques can include Fine Art styles like
Impressionism or Abstracts, modern reinterpretations of
ancient frescoes, graphics, cartoon & kiddie-styles,
photorealistic reproduction or any style of personal
Trompe L'oeil: A French term meaning
"mislead the eye" which applies to a technique
of painting any surface in a way that can fool viewers
into thinking they are seeing something three-dimensional
or "real." Common examples include painting a
flat surfaces to appear as if there is a real door, a
view through a window or into another room, elegant
moldings, a sky with clouds and birds, items on a desktop
or even a fly on the wall. Three dimensional surfaces,
such as pillars, shelves and fireplace surrounds can also
be enhanced with trompe l'oiel finishes (commonly called
"faux" finishes) that appear real to life such
as granite, woodgrain and marble.
"Faux" Finishes: A specific
style of trompe l'oiel (as mentioned above) in which
paints, stains, glazes or other materials are manipulated
with various tools to create the illusion that it is
fabricated from another substance. Common examples
include, granite, woodgrain and marble. Faux finishes can
also recreate the looks such as a new frescoe or a
distressed wall that has weathered many years.
Textured Finishes: Includes all finishes
that apply materials for the purposse of creating
physically tactile variations on a surface, such as
applications of plaster, sand and paper, etc.
Designer Finishes: Paints, stains,
glazes or other materials are used in various different
methods for a variety of styles and colors not typically
represented in natural elements. Common styles range from
subtle even coverages such as color-washing, dragging and
sponging to detailed patterns such as combing, flogging
and ragging and also includes more graphical techniques
such as striping and color blocking.
Stenciling: Using a cut-out pattern or
image for exact duplication, paints, stains and glazes
are used to create decorative details. Common usages are
accenting borders, friezes and all-over patterns.
Window Painting: Specialty paints can be
used to decorate any glass surface, including windows.
Transparent paints can simulate the effect of stained
glass, temporary paints can create seasonal decorations
and permanent paints can create custom business signage.
Free-standing Art: This term is used to
describe any work of art that is not an integral part of
a structure's surfaces such as painted canvases,
photography and sculptures.