Decorate painting and faux finishes can transform the feeling of any space.  Faux finishes can add a look of elegance, recreate the patina of ancient treasures, draw attention to a dramatic focal point, transport visitors to a mystical world, solve spatial problems or simply add warmth and ambiance.  Faux finishing is an affordable way to add romance to any setting and allow it to touch all of the senses.

Transforming Spaces for Two Decades

Ron Layman has created elegant and timeless finishes for commercial and residential clients around the world.  You can view many of the projects he has undertaken for some of the most prestigious institutions in the U.S. and abroad in The Faux School gallery. In addition to teaching at The Faux School, he works regularly with owners, designers, architects and contractors to produce amazing projects on time and on budget.  He accepts commissions of all sizes, from smaller residential projects, to commercial and public assignments of a grand scale, to historical restorations.

From Concept to Completion

Ron is equally comfortable working to a designer’s or homeowner’s specifications or creating a concept from the ground up … or ceiling down, as the case may be. He is especially adept at designing for restaurants, shops and other commercial and public spaces where many can enjoy his work.  If you’re not sure what to do with a space, you’ll find that Ron’s experienced eye and creative input early on in the design process can help a project go from a standstill to successful completion.

Affordable solutions for residential and commercial interiors and exteriors.

If you would like to commission Ronald for your next project please contact him at 301-668-5110 or email him directly at

Ron’s Clients

  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • U.S. British Embassy, Washington, DC
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC
  • Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • The Oasis Hotel Casino, Shorter, Alabama
  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Charles Town, WV
  • International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
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501 n. Market St
Frederick, Maryland 21701

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Studio Hours

Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
Saturday by appointment

Traditional Polished Venetian Plaster Instructions DVD


Traditional Polished Venetian Plaster Instructional DVD


Materials & tools, Acrylic Venetian plaster, Polishing wax, Trowel