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Tromp L’oeil Illusions

The ability to trompe-l’œil or “deceive the eye” was a highly prized artistic skill of ancient Greek and Roman painters.  The ability to fool one with a painted illusion is a practice that continues in today’s modern interiors.  Whether to expand the visual size of a room, add decorative elements, or introduce a bit of whimsy, decorative painters and designers collaborate to create fantastic tricks.

The Ducal Palace in Mantua c. 1470 by artist Andrea Mantegna

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Fashion designer Martin Margiela added faux architectural details in his hotel room design

La Maison Champs Elysees by Martin Margiela
La Maison Champs Elysees

Expansive light and space is created in a powder room with a trompe l’oeil garden

Andy Eccleshall-The Mural Works trompe l'oeil door way
Andy Eccleshall-The Mural Works trompe l’oeil door way

A bedroom shrouded in luxurious drapery

Artist Mariani Affreschi trompe l'oeil bed curtains
Artist Mariani Affreschi trompe l’oeil bed curtains

Trompe L’oeil can be trans formative as evidenced by artist Janie Atkinson’s garage doors.

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Janie Atkinson

Tromple l’oeil allows for a touch of whimsy: look closely in the Paris Musee de la Chasse for the painted mouse lurking about.

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Carol Gillott

This restaurant floor was turned into a coral reef complete with the illusion of water and sea life.

Trompe loeil ocean floor
Epoxy 3D Flooring

Faux marbre, faux boise….

Artist Caroline Woods faux marble column
Artist Caroline Woods faux marble column
Artist Jill Biskin faux marble wainscot
Artist Jill Biskin faux marble wainscot
Artist Arthur Morehead faux boise wood panel
Artist Arthur Morehead faux boise wood panel
Fauxto Finish faux boise garage doors
Fauxto Finish faux boise garage doors

Dogs are a favorite subject for trompe l’oeil artists

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Artist Lara Meissirel
Artist Janet Fadler Davie
Artist Janet Fadler Davie

Mr. H says: Through a painting we can see the whole world-Enjoy!