A style of decorative art developed originally in the 1920's with a revival in the 1960's, marked chiefly by geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, sharply defined outlines, often bold colors, and the use of synthetic materials, as plastics.
Faux is a French word meaning "fake or false". Technically, wood-graining, marbleizing, or other painted finishes that are replicating a natural material are faux finishes. However, this term has become an umbrella name to describe all painted decorative finishes.
A layer that forms on a material after periods of exposure to the elements. Also: A thin greenish layer that forms on copper or copper alloys, such as bronze. It gives a surface appearance of something grown beautiful with age or use.
French expression, meaning "trick the eye". A painting in which the illusion of three dimensions is created on a two dimensional surface, by emphasizing highlights and shadows, often by adding an architectural element that looks built–in, instead of painted on. In art, trompe l'oeil is defined as a 'still life deception', a painting able to make the viewer believe that an object actually exists in 3D space, in relief.