Faux Finishes, the term seems to have developed a negative connotation over the years from early examples of "sponge painting" which seems to have hijacked the moniker; but in fact is a term used to describe a wide range of decorative paint techniques. "Faux" means "fake" in French, so for instance, some people may choose to paint a wall, door or trim/woodwork to make it appear as if it's made of wood, stone, marble, or brick. People may use faux painting because it's more cost effective than using the materials the paint is trying to mimic.
A plain white fireplace mantle is transformed into a beautiful marble hearth.
NYC Elevator door
For this project I painted the flat steel elevator door to look like the raised panel doors that are in the interior of the apartment.
Knotty pine vanity
I painted this vanity and the surrounding cabinets to look like knotty pine
An absolutely elegant finish for an entry hall, staircase or even master bath. Here are a few examples of a painted limestone finish