Marbling, faux-marbling, or marbleising, is the painting of a surface to represent the appearance of any polished or dull marble or granite. It was, and is still used to create surface detail and finish within architectural structures, fixtures and fittings where the cost of real marble may be too great. Often, a well-painted marble will be difficult to distinguish from a real one, except through touch.
At Decowell, marbling is created to an exceptionally high nineteenth-century French standard. Any marble or granite can be authentically and faithfully replicated to the most precise standards. Depending on the project, we adopt traditional methods using pigment and oil glazes, or modern methods using pigments, acrylic and acrylic glazes. Depending on complexity, a realistic faux-marble can take from three to eight layers to create a appropriate level of form, depth and finish. Each marble has a specific individual colour palette and technique - some of the most popular are Carrara, Jeune de Sienna, Ver de Mer, Portor, Rouge de Verona and Paonazzo. We can also create faux-marble using fresco or marmerino techniques.