[caption id="attachment_4016" align="alignright" width="300"] Rope Bridge Trompe L'oeil image © Couture Deco[/caption]
While searching on the Internet on the subject of doors (of course) I recently came across an American site supplying wallpaper door motifs in 3D photographic designs. This product was rather intriguing and fun, and although it is designed to stick onto plain, uninteresting doors, which we prefer not to sell, it did celebrate the importance of doors and celebrated that doors can be a very interesting item in a property. Many of the designs imitated other doors though some pictures created scenes as viewed from a door such as a garden or street scene. One design depicted a horse looking over its stable door into the room. Others were futuristic and I particularly liked the lift door, I’m sure the fun element of this product would become a talking point with visitors to your home.
We at Doorsan obviously encourage our customers to purchase beautiful timber doors with the natural grain texture but these fun stickers would be ideal for inside a child’s room or a basement den if your doors were of a flush style.
I studied interior design so my interest in the decoration of properties knows no bounds. I have always been interested in the paint effect style called Trompe l'œil. This term translates from the French, meaning “fools (or deceives) the eye”. Trompe l’œil (pronounced tromp loy) is an art technique in the form of illusion painting and has been around for hundreds of years as a decorative technique. This two dimensional work is executed to a high level, using correct sizing and every nuance of light with careful graduations of colour in order to make the painting look like a realistic object or scene, an optical illusion.
The term Trompe l'œil came to be used generally during the Baroque period though further back in history it was used in murals in Greek and Roman interior decoration. I have seen examples of this in Pompeii where architectural columns and detailing have been painted on walls and in the Hillside Houses in Ephesus, still being excavated. This painting technique has been used on pieces of furniture such as a realistic looking deck of playing cards on a table. A lovely example of a painted door can be seen at Chatsworth House, it appears to have a violin and bow suspended from it.
To decorate all your doors to this standard is expensive and rather over indulgent. We would encourage you to look at Doorsan fine selection of beautifully finished internal doors to draw attention to your well-designed contemporary interiors.