Marbling effect is a faux finish decorative paint effect applied with oil based paint and glaze. It has been used throughout history to give an illusion of marbled stone. Use of this painting technique was (and is) driven by cost and practicality: Marbled stone is expensive and also heavy & difficult to transport. In many cases it is more practical to create an illusion of marbled stone than to use the stone itself. Marbling technique also became popular with builders and architects who used it as a substitute for real marble when load bearing walls and beams were required; had these been made from marble stone they would have had inadequate load bearing characteristics.
In nature, marble is formed by heat and pressure being applied to limestone,  which causes crystallisation into many colours. Minerals and impurities running through the molten rock create the vein like structures that give marble its beauty. As a result of the formation process marble has a cloud like translucent appearance, which plays many tricks with light.

There are many examples of use of marbling technique throughout history.
Marbling became very popular in Europe during renaissance times. Real stone was readily available but fashion, cost and practicality dictated the use of the marbled faux finish. It was during this period that variations in marbling technique appeared; French craftsmen adhered to the process of reproducing natural stone, but in Italy artisans began to produce marbled effects which were not true to nature but more highly decorative. This finish, the so called fantasy marble, was taken up in other countries, notably Scandinavia, and still continues today.
Today, marbling paint effects are still very popular,  and decorative artists much in demand. Although creation of faux finish marble effect requires skill.





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The classic beauty of marble... Faux marble columns that are painted by M.I. Interior can instantly change the look and feel of any home, hall or room. This is where the hand of a talented decorative artist comes into play.

One example would be with having a real marble fireplace and extending the marble to baseboards and crown molding with a faux marble. There are so many reasons for marbling to be done.

There are advantages of using a faux marble finish over the real thing. One obvious consideration is the cost - faux marble is well within the reach of just about everyone. Another advantage is the weight. A faux marble piece can also be customized and refinished for a new look.

Faux marble walls in combination with columns can give your home, office, or place of business a touch of classic elegance that will impress everyone.

Michael Issaev looks forward to creating his real masterpiece for you.


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Creating a marbling effect in your home.
The first thing to consider is where to apply the marble finish. Marble finishes look good in places where natural stone would be normally used: columns, pillars & fireplaces. Historically marble paint effects have also been used in panels on walls and as a border to murals, pictures & mirrors. It is also possible to marble plaster ornaments and panels on doors.

The marbling effect should be used sparingly and with taste to reap the full effect of this beautiful faux finish in your home.



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