It’s easy to see why faux finishes, murals, and trompe l’oeil (French for “to mislead the eye”) are in such high demand among commercial and residential property owners: they infuse a space with a great deal more character than other decorative elements can.
Wall murals have the ability to transform a room in a manner that no other kind of wall decoration can. You can add a view of an Italian Vineyard, Greek or Roman buildings such as columns or arches, or even some huge terracotta pots filled with gorgeous Mediterranean flowers; whatever your fantasy is, it can be put on your wall.
This is a truly brilliant way to please someone you care about, be it a parent, child, sibling, friend, newlywed, or a new parent-to-be, a one-of-a-kind gift that will not only make them the envy of their friends but also one that allows them to put their dream on their wall.
Wall Glazes, Faux Finishes, Texture Painting, Fantasy Finishes, and other names have been given to these decorative techniques. Sponging, ragging, marbling, brush washing, smooshing, texturing, stenciling, and woodgraining are some of the other methods that were used in the creation of these patterns. Wall glazes or fake finishes may be adjusted according to color, surface, and the outcomes that are sought.
The brush wash technique uses a tinted glaze which is applied with a large brush.
Striping requires precise measuring and taping. The stencil patterns for the stars are hand cut with random designs.
This technique is fun to say and interesting to look at. The glaze is applied to the wall, then “smooshed” by applying plastic over the wet glaze and smoothing it down. The plastic is removed to reveal a dramatic textured finish.
Marble designs can be used on columns, panels, walls, and furniture. It is most effective when used sparingly in a realistic setting.
This formal dining room has a real granite floor and the faux marbleized panels have similar colors and designs.
Columns, panels, walls, and even furniture may all benefit from having marble patterns applied to them. It works best when used judiciously and in contexts that are true to life.
This elegant dining area has a floor made of genuine granite, and the imitation marbleized panels have colors and patterns that are quite comparable.
Trompe L’oeil Murals
The French phrase trompe l’oeil, which may be pronounced either trump-la-oy or trump-luh-we, literally translates to “fool the eye,” and it is used to describe murals that seem to be very realistic. For instance, painting a window on an otherwise empty wall might trick a person into thinking that the window was really there in that location.
Hand-painted furniture usually has decorative scrollwork or flowers but a mural can be painted also on furniture.
These life-size murals give the impression that you could actually step right into everybody’s favorite environment: The Garden.
The majority of murals are completed using artist acrylic paint as the medium of choice. This long-lasting paint will keep its color and may be cleaned and restored without losing its luster. The vast majority of murals are painted on the wall surface itself; however, murals may also be painted on canvas and then put on the work site in the same manner as wallpaper.
Decorating spaces like children’s bedrooms, sunrooms, and laundry rooms with themes that are whimsical is a lot of fun. These colorful and upbeat paintings make an impression despite their seeming simplicity.
For example, whitewashed ironwork can be painted above the sunroom windows to create a spacious feel.