Ever wish that you had warm wood paneling or walls of shelves filled with leather bound books in your home? Now it’s easy to create this effect thanks to trompe l’oeil wallpaper! French for “deceive the eye,” trompe l’oeil is an art technique that tricks the eye into thinking that a flat image is three dimensional. Wallpaper manufacturers like Andrew Martin and Cole & Son have created beautiful and very convincing papers that utilize this effect. Check out some of our favorite trompe l’oeil wallpapers and how to create a whole look around them:
Natural & Nautical
Natural elements like rough-hewn wood beams and paneling are making a comeback this year in interior design. Get the look without all of the upkeep or splintering by using a trompe l’oeil faux bois paper. Indigo hues and rich royal blue striped fabrics create a nautical ambiance when combined with wood.
Grid wood paneling and a sophisticated man cave go together like peanut butter and jelly. Spread your guy’s sanctuary with wallpaper that mimics the grid effect either from floor to ceiling or midway up the wall. Finish off the room with a big comfortable couch, tribal patterns, and something fun like a hanging model airplane.
A lovely evening spent surrounded by the warm glow of a fire and shelves upon shelves of books is about as romantic as it gets. Cover the two walls on either side of a fireplace with Andrew Martin’s Library A&B wallpaper, and add a little springtime color with pea green chairs and dusty pink damask pillows.
A wall, especially one with a door leading to another room, is an ideal spot to accent with wallpaper. Here, paper inspired by a 1950’s decorative screen from artist and designer Piero Fornasetti depicts shelving filled with a dreamlike array of mandolins, fruit, keys and hourglasses.
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