From French trompe l`oeil is translated as “optical illusion”. That is, what we see is not at all what it really is. Let’s see how trompe l’oeil can be used in the interior, what interesting features it can give it. Here are some examples of the successful use of illusions and imitations in interiors.
The art of recreating real objects with paints on canvases appeared more than 2 thousand years ago. Remember at least the painted fireplace in Pope Carlo’s closet or the picturesque frescoes on the ceilings of ancient temples. Today, trompe l’oeil can mean both hand-painted walls and ready-made decorative stickers. Moreover, this solution can be used for interior decoration and a chic restaurant hall, and an ordinary cramped hallway in a typical apartment.
The point of using trompe l’oeil is simple – something appears in the room that in fact cannot be there. For example, a window to Paris, an exit to the pier, a beautiful arch or a high palace vault on the ceiling. Of course, usually it is impossible to deceive guests with such illusions. No one would believe that a typical Moscow apartment has a view of the ocean waves or a five-meter beamed ceiling. However, such illusions fulfill their role – the gaze of a person entering a room does not rest against a wall simply painted or pasted over with wallpaper, the space visually expands and becomes much more interesting.
Trompe l’oeil painting is always the task of professionals, because only a master can draw a realistic picture. However, homegrown artists may well try their hand. But stickers with digital printing can definitely be used by every home owner independently. This is one of the easiest ways to quickly and cost effectively change the interior. If the picture on the wall gets bored, changing or removing is also not a problem..
Deceptions, both handmade and printed, can be very different in content. Beautiful landscapes, architectural objects, cabinets and shelves with books are popular, which create the illusion of a library in the bedroom or living room. Popular imitations include vintage finishes such as antique brickwork, cracked concrete, or blackened planks. Buying such wallpapers and highlighting one of the walls of the apartment with them is not difficult today, this is one of the fashion trends.
To emphasize the illusion, to make the snag more realistic, you can use curtains and moldings. Sometimes pictures and stickers are used on the facades of wardrobes, which we have already talked about, masking its presence, hiding the storage space behind a beautiful image.
Furniture can continue the theme of illusion. For example, hemp ottomans and stones, even an armchair that looks like it is carved out of marble, but is actually warm and soft.
Whichever version of the trompe l’oeil you choose – this trompe l’oeil can become the brightest detail of your interior. Designers, however, warn against too bright pictures and hobby for 3D printing. Let the illusion be the only one in the room, well chosen and not interfering with creating a pleasant impression of the interior as a whole.