with the Finish: What would you like to have?
homes, and designer showrooms are a great place to start. We
recommend you consider the following:
ó Do you like lots of color or are you more conservative in
your decorating? Does the architectural detail of your home
lend itself to texture and movement, or softer finishes?
ó Do you like a warm, cozy feel or would a more formal
approach fit the room and your living style?
ó If your furniture is patterned with stripes or plaids,
for example, youíll probably want your walls softer, less
textured. If your furniture and accents are single colored,
you may want to jazz up the room with texture and movement. Once you
find a finish that you like, find out who created the finish
and get the artisanís name and number. A local designer or
decorator may have names they can recommend. Your local
paint store may also be a good source.
Training: Keep in mind that faux finishing is a
profession and an art. The faux finish artisan should have a
Certificate of Completion from a faux finish school, proving
that he or she has had an education in the profession. Or
the artisan should provide the name of the decorative artist
under whom he or she served an apprenticeship.
Estimating Practices: There are many variables that
make the artisanís job easier or more difficult. For
instance, high ceilings require climbing a ladder or
installing scaffolding and will increase the price,
therefore the artisan needs to see the project in order to
provide an accurate price. Beware the faux
finisher who rattles off a price over the telephone sight
unseen (invariably their price increases as the job
progresses due to unknown variables). For more information
visit Our Pledge.
Professionalism: When the artisan arrives at your home,
he or she should maintain a professional demeanor. The
artisan should have a full portfolio of professional looking
samples for you to peruse and choose from. If the artisanís
samples are sloppy, you can bet that his or her work will be
sloppy as well.
Excellent Communication: Make sure you feel completely
comfortable with the artisan. Communication should be open &
comfortable. The artisan should listen to your ideas and
give you direction without being pushy.
finisher should provide you with a copy of their general
liability insurance which covers any breakage or damage
while the artisan is working in your home. You can bet that
the artisan working with no liability insurance will
disappear, leaving you with the repairs.