Design Trend: Fabulous Faux Bois

Design Trend: Fabulous Faux Bois
Faux Bois: French for false wood. Refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains.

Faux Bois is an increasingly popular look for furniture, decor, fashion, and even electronics. This unique motif is, according to Elle Decor, “suddenly hip, showing up in glamorous new guises and unlikely colors.” DecoratorsBest could not agree more! Turn over a new leaf this Fall and update your interiors using this woodsy design in fun colors for an edgier look or neutral colors for a softer feel. Appealing as a textured woven fabric and printed or textured wallpaper, faux bois is versatile enough to complement both rustic and contemporary decor.

Woodland Walls

Create a sanctuary with a colorful daybed and neutral fabrics. Enhance the soothing atmosphere with Nobilis’s “Papier Bois – Chene Paille.” Subtle color gradation within the grain adds depth to the space and harmonizes the different shades of beige throughout the room. Head east into the Bamboo wilderness of Asia with Phillip Jeffries“Vinyl Bamboo Forest.” This wallpaper imitates the unmistakable look of bamboo without the high cost or challenging installation of real lumber. Relax surrounded by earthy colors and wallpaper that brings the serenity of the forest into your home.

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Left to right:

Papier Bois – Chene Paille | Papier Bois – Chene Gris | Papier Bois – Chene Beige | Vinyl Bamboo Forest – Beechwood | Vinyl Bamboo Forest – Grey Birch | Vinyl Bamboo Forest – Sycamore

Funky Faus Bois

Spice up your interiors with brightly colored faux bois fabrics from John Robshaw for Duralee, Fadini Borghi, and Thom Filicia for Kravet. John Robshaw’s “Chun – Moss” chenille offers an elegant interpretation of the teal fabric featured here. “Chun” can be used for the occasional duvet and is excellent as an upholstery fabric.

Colorful faux bois jacquards are great for contemporary bedding. Try Fadini Borghi’s vibrant silk jacquard, “Fabio – Topaze” for drapes. Fabio is a moire available in attention grabbing chartreuse and red.

Vivid colors enliven and make a room more inviting. Add bursts of color and texture to a stark living room with Thom Filicia’s  “Lawrence – Citron.” Upholster your headboard with “Lawrence” and wake up every morning in a thicket of sunshine infused bark.

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Left to Right:

Chun – Moss | Chun – Aqua | Chun – Indigo | Fabio – Topaze | Fabio – Carmin | Lawrence – Citron


Subtle Striations


Accessorize a stately home with elegant fabrics that add the illusion of natural wood and complement timeless decor.

Phillip Gorrivan for Highland Court’s “London Plane faux bois is a chic rendition of the wood grain motif. Subtle striations in the weave make this fabric more sophisticated, perfect for a refined study or sitting room.

Love the look but aren’t ready to commit your club chairs to this trend? “London Plane – Nickel” accent pillows let you indulge your inner Thoreau and get back to nature without sacrificing your traditional style.

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Left to Right:

London Plane – Molasses | London Plane – Toast | London Plane – Aqua | London Plane – Olive | London Plane – Nickel | Fabio – Ecorce

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