faux finish & trompe l’oeil
Faux finish means literally ‘fake’ finish, marble that isn’t really marble, concrete walls that aren’t really concrete, you get the idea. Paint is a highly versatile medium and I love that I can produce such a wide range of finishes with it. Whilst we all love the real thing, solid marble, granite, wood, brick or stonework may not always be practical, or affordable! I can create the look that you want, in the colour you require quickly, easily and at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
At Charlotte Designs we are experienced in cheating beautiful finishes that not only look really natural, but co-ordinate with your furnishings.
Trompe l’oeil, literally meaning ‘to deceive the eye’, is the art of painting a flat surface to make it appear that something is there. This technique dates back from the Renaissance and has been utilised extensively in some of the greatest buildings in the world. It is used mainly where interest is needed but that the real thing is either not desirable or practical.
Trompe ‘oeil is also a great way of containing a mural. Sometimes, filling a whole wall is not practical, so containing your mural within an aperture such as a window, door or archway, can give a ‘frame to your mural.
You don’t have to paint a scene, trompe l’oeil can also be employed to paint details such as panelling, frames or fun details. If you have never seen the violin on the door in the music room at Chatsworth, definitely worth a look! If you would like to explore how trompe l’oeil could enhance your life, give me a call.
Hand painted wallpaper
Paint can turn your walls into something very special creating a high end, luxurious finish. Metallic, suede, distressed plaster, Venetian polished plaster, marmorino, travertino, pearlised, damask or leather; and if real wallpaper is too vulnerable, why not paint instead, in the perfect colour for your scheme. All of our finishes are designed especially for you, available in any colour.