Trompe l'œil (/trɒmp ˈlɔɪ/ tromp LOY, French: [tʁɔ̃p lœj]; French for '"deceive the eye"') is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Forced perspective is a comparable illusion in architecture.
Trompe l’oeil has delighted viewers for millennia. From the time of the ancient Greeks and the Roman ‘s with their wall paintings. The art of illusion reached another height in Renaissance architecture and Golden Age Dutch painting and peaked again in Victorian-era America with William Harnett’s rise to fame.
After its invention the style for the home in the 1500s, wallpaper evolved approximately in lockstep with trompe l’oeil trends. Beginning in the following century, block-printed patterns mimicked fabric, wood graining, and even salon-style gallery walls. Yet by the mid-19th century and the coming of the Industrial Revolution, wallpaper manufacturers abandoned the art of imitation for stylized patterns that they could more quickly achieve through machine production.
Today the wallpaper makers are returning to the their trompe l’oeil roots. Taking a cue from the simulated library shelves and malachite slices of Cole & Son’s partnership with Fornasetti
Schumacher’s simulated-mosaic Robinchon panels and the overlapping shingles in Boråstepeter’s Tribeca wallpaper, both released earlier this year, transport viewers to more urban locales. To order Robinchohn Panels, please contact us - made to order and sold as sets.
Trompe L'Oeil wallpaper offers realistic optical illusion murals for the walls of your home. Shop these stunning and mesmerizing looks today.
The trompe l’oeil trend is only poised to gain more momentum.
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