Is it Real...Faux Marbled Columns

The term ”faux” is a French word meaning fake, false or imitation. In the world of design, we always prefer to use elements that are real. But often, limitations such as availability of products, time or expense prevent REAL elements from being used. The solution is to explore options that IMITATE these items found in nature. Done with excellent artistry, faux painted elements become exquisite additions that add value to a home. The artistry must create the illusion of a REAL element of nature.



The Design Process:

Interior Designer, Michelle Nettles of MJN and Associates Interiors ( recognized that these columns were an integral part of the design of this foyer. It included magnificent custom marble floors with four stately columns outlining the perimeter. The goal was to paint the columns to create an upward extension of this natural element.

These columns appear as if they were produced from the same quarry as the floor. The colors and graceful movement of the pattern of the marble were replicated. It takes millions of years for nature to produce this elegant stone. Fortunately, it only took a couple of days to paint it.

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It is always a privilege to create elements that represent the beauty of nature. The artistry must create the illusion of the REAL thing … so real that you must feel it an touch it to believe it.

Designed by:
Michelle Nettles, ASID
MJN Interiors

Category: Architectural Details