Types of Residential Specialty Finishes

Types of Residential Specialty Finishes in a large kitchen

Of all the processes that go into painting and decorating walls, the finishing is arguably one, if not the most fundamental. Finishes are what create that distinctive look that makes the whole thing complete. And if done right, a nice decorative finish is what will add the extra pizazz and elegance to your home.

In this article, we shall look at the different types of residential specialty finishes out there so you can make a more informed choice.

Types of specialty finishes

There are 5 major specialty finishes you’ll find being commonly used in properties. These have proven to be durable while resulting in an aesthetically appealing outlook. They include.

Faux finish

Faux painting is one of the more popular decorating techniques used out there today. Here, the finish tries to mimic the feel (texture) and look of other surfaces like wood, marble, or stone. By doing so you get to achieve more dimension and texture to your walls. There are many kinds of faux finishing techniques. The most common ones include color washing, sponging, marbleizing, faux granite, faux brick, cracking, burlap, stenciling, whitewashing, rag rolling, and alligator effect. The only drawback to faux techniques is that they need a certain level of creativity and patience to do it. But when done right, the results are often outstanding.

Venetian plaster

Also known as lime plaster, Venetian is a type of wall and ceiling finish comprising a mixture of plaster and marble dust. While the technique is quite ancient, it is still a favorite among contemporary homeowners, looking for a minimalist appeal. Usually, Venetian plaster is applied using a trowel or spatula In thin layers. Once it is exposed to carbon dioxide long enough, the mixture converts into limestone. What you get is this overall stylish outlook that is both soft and earthy. It adds movement and depth to your walls.

Epoxy finishes

Now, if you are looking for a finish for your countertops, floors, or decks, epoxy might be your best bet. The coating consists of a combination of an epoxy resin and a hardener or catalyst. Once they come together, they chemically harden to create a tough, durable plastic coating. This gives it various mechanical properties that are perfect for sealing concrete floors and industrial materials like steel.

Cabinet glazing

Cabinet glazing simply means adding a second color to your cabinets to accentuate their details like molding, corners, or grooves. You get this ‘antiquey’, traditional look. Like staining, glazing is an easy and affordable way of giving your kitchen a new look without necessarily buying new cabinetry. Depending on how you do it, it can add some contrast to your cabinets and make them stand out more.


As the name suggests, wallpaper is a decorative paper you apply to your walls using glue. The good thing about wallpaper is that it is both easy to apply but easy to take off, in case you get bored with it. There are also tons of different wallpaper designs, suitable for every budget and taste. For best results, you want to be extremely delicate with your application. Make sure to factor in stretching and shrinking while keeping the paper away from excess moisture.


There’s no denying the impact of specialty finishes on the overall appeal of your walls. And more and more homeowners are realizing this. As we’ve seen, there are many types of specialty finishes you can try out, depending on your taste and budget. As always, it is best to consult the services of a professional when making the actual application. And this is exactly what we do at Painter Bros. For years, we’ve worked on commercial and residential properties all over the country. And using most of the major finishes above, we’ve transformed these houses into beautiful works of art. You can rest assured we’ll do the same for you. For more information or finishing services, contact us at Painter Bros and chat with one of our experts.