Glaze: work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it is always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula. The finished result can be either flat to the touch or textured

Marbleizing: or faux marbling is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques.

Fresco: is a simple technique, uses mixtures of tint and joint compound to add mottled color and subtle texture to plain walls.

Graining: wood graining, or faux bois (French for "fake wood") is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.

Trompe l'oeil: "fool the eye" in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details as well as depth and 3 dimensionality.

Venetian plaster: is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations. Authentic Venetian Plaster is made from marble dust and ground up limestone.

Color wash: is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.

Strié: from the French for "stripe" or "streak", is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.

Rag painting: or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.

Sponging: is a free-form finish achieved by applying glaze to the wall by dabbing a sea sponge, in various shapes to achieve either simple design (resembling the wall papers) and more sophisticated ones.