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Decorative Faux Finish Painting

Highly realistic hand painted faux finishes

Decorative faux finish painting is all about creating realistic illusions and imitating natural products like marble, stone, and wood.

Whether it’s beautifully detailed marble effects or a rustic stone wall, Lee can create highly realistic and individually hand painted finishes to mimic the colour, texture, and patina of many natural products.

Faux finish painting is incredibly versatile, offering an artistic statement that can transform both walls and furniture. It is also invaluable in many restoration projects, offering a practical solution where the natural product might be unavailable, or too heavy and difficult to install.

Lee’s range of painted faux finishes include faux marble, faux wood, faux stone and trompe l’oeil. Lee can even imitate specific surfaces upon request.

Working throughout Yorkshire Lee is within easy reach in Harrogate, Leeds, York, Wetherby, Ripon, Otley, Ilkley, Wakefield, Halifax and all the surrounding areas.

Client Testimonials

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"What can I say other than totally blown away with the completed work. Lee’s attention to detail was fascinating to watch. Dedicated, tidy, neat, friendly, professional. Our comments don’t do his work justice. Everything just looks so natural that you don’t notice it."

Tony Richardson, Berwick
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"Thank you very much for making such an excellent job of marbling my roll-top bath, definitely worth every single penny!!! I would have no hesitation recommending you to family and friends for specialist painting works."

Mr H, Wike, West Yorkshire
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"Thank you so much Lee, our faux fire door looks amazing, we are so pleased with the result! It’s now becoming the focal point of our house and your wonderful artwork is quite the talking point of all our visitors."

Mrs S, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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Decorative Faux Marble

Imitation marble, beautifully hand painted

Decorative faux marble is perhaps the most versatile and refined of all the painted faux finishes, and certainly one of the most popular. From Carrera marble to Sienna and Vert de Mer, beautifully hand painted marble effects can be created for fire surrounds, walls, tabletops, pillars, archways, and even roll top baths.

Being able to emulate real products with nothing more than paint is hugely rewarding and something Lee truly loves to do, so if you have a project in mind or would like some advice, please get in touch.

Decorative Faux Wood Graining

Bespoke wood effects, intricately hand painted

Decorative faux wood or wood graining is one of several specialist paint finishes offered by Lee at Imaginative Interiors.

Wood graining techniques offer a practical solution where logistics or replacement are an issue, and can also be used to make cheaper woods look like much more expensive ones.

Having honed and refined his techniques since the 1990’s, Lee offers a decorative wood effect that is indistinguishable from the real thing. Whether you are looking to create the illusion of mahogany or oak paneling, a wooden banister or a burr walnut inlay, Lee prides himself on being able to create an accurate and realistic faux wood finish that can fool the eye.

‘Someone once came up to me whilst I was photographing a faux wood bureau I’d painted and asked me if I’d built it. The perfect reaction to any faux painted finish!’

Decorative Faux Stone Effects

Realistic hand painted stone

Hand painted imitation stone can be used in many ways and can mimic any type of stone. Ideally suited for use in entrance ways, hallways, conservatories, fire surrounds or feature walls, faux stone paint effects are perfect for adding texture, colour and discreet interest to walls and other surfaces.

Skillfully done faux painted stone can be unobtrusive and subtle, or stronger and bolder, depending upon the property and the requirements of the design.

The labour intensive and costly use of the real material means decorative faux stone painting offers a great solution, having been used extensively in private homes, hotels, listed buildings, and stately homes for centuries. Textures can be applied, and mortar lines created, all of which enhance the realism of the stone, offering a three-dimensional illusion that highlights the individual characteristics of a specific stone.

Over the years Lee has worked on both interior and exterior faux stone projects, expertly producing such finishes as York stone, limestone, sandstone, granite, aged stone and brickwork.

Trompe L’oeil

Hand painted illusions

As a form of specialist decoration, Trompe l’oeil offers near limitless possibilities for illusion and whimsy. Trompe l’oeil is a French term that literally means ‘deceiving the eye’, and as an art form, goes back thousands of years.

Trompe l’oeil is an incredible effect that allows an artist to remove the constraints of a room and delve into a world where three dimensional scenes or objects can be created on flat surfaces. For over 20 years Lee has had enormous satisfaction changing the perceived boundaries of rooms and painting extremely realistic illusions.

Trompe l’oeil murals and trompe l’oeil paintings are not only fantastic to look at but are a great way to introduce optical illusions into your home. Not only can you wow your friends and family with something that is ‘there but not there’, but you can also enjoy a unique and bespoke piece of art that’s truly personal to you.

What areas do you cover?

Lee covers most of Yorkshire for faux painting work and may travel further afield depending on the project. The main areas Lee covers are Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Thirsk, Wetherby, Leeds, Otley, Ilkley, York, Skipton, The Yorkshire Dales, Pontefract, Wakefield, Halifax, and all the surround areas.


If you would like to discuss a faux finish painting project then please call or message Lee: