Decorative Painting Terms



Decorative Painting has been around for centuries. The term “decorative painting” describes any finish that requires the painter or artist to manipulate glaze, paint or specialty plaster with various tools to create an effect. These finishes include (but are not limited to) glazing /broken color, faux finishes, painted ornament, stenciling and trompe l’oeil.

We hope the collection of these terms help clarify your decorative painting world!

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An Explanation of Paint Terms