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Murals and Faux Painting: Continuing a New England Tradition

Updated: Aug 22

Allison Nickerson, a New York trained faux and mural painter with a BA in fine art, has joined WORKS to continue that New England tradition. She offers the following advice for anyone considering mural or faux painting:

  1. Murals and faux painting are suitable for almost any surface or room configuration.

  2. Murals create a focus wall in any room of the house.

  3. When considering the content for a mural, concentrate on the things you love (gardens, foreign travel, boats, books); the painting should reflect you.

  4. Like murals, faux painting, where one material (such as a wood on a floor) is made to look like another (such as tile), has a long heritage; it was a staple of art deco in the 1920s.

  5. Faux painting is suitable for cabinets, furniture, floors and walls.

  6. Faux painting can be used to create the illusion of architectural detail in a room and can mimic almost any material, including cloth.

  7. Freehand murals, borders and faux painting feel much more organic and natural than stenciling.

  8. Borders are an interesting way to personalize a room; for example, you might commission a border of a train, fairies, animals or cars for a child’s room.

  9. Borders can also take on a mural or faux quality, such as a faux vine climbing a window frame.

  10. Acrylic paints dry faster but be prepared for the project to take time; the result will be worth it.

You can see why I’m proud to bring Allison on board at WORKS—she knows her painting. Her faux and mural projects will add value to homes throughout the North Shore of Boston. And someday she may be as honored as Rufus Porter.

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