Trompe L’oeil Brings Style, Class and Depth to Ordinary Walls

By: Charles.Myers | Posted: 15th September 2010

Trompe l'oeil, which literally means "trick the eye" in French, is an art technique in painting that appears to create a three-dimensional illusion. Trompe l'oeil murals bring walls to life with realistic paintings of ascending staircases, open doorways, and popular still life that, when the technique is perfectly executed, the viewer is unable to distinguish reality from art. These beautiful trompe l'oeil murals are a stunning example of artistic expression that brings style, class and depth to otherwise plain and ordinary walls and rooms.

Trompe L'oeil Creates Style

The unique style is one of the main benefits of trompe l'oeil murals. You can create any type of beautiful illusion you want with your space: windows, doorways, archways, plants, vases, people, scenes, landscapes and other worlds that all appear completely real. You can create your own unique style for any wall or space with this artistic and cultured technique. The type of illusion you choose is limited only by your imagination.

Trompe L'oeil Complements Class

Throughout the technique's rich history, it has been one of style and class. It has always been popular with the wealthy and challenging enough to be executed by only the highest trained partisans. Walls have been turned into bathhouses, battlefields, and baseball diamonds. Trompe l'oeil blends smoothly in with it's existing architecture, creating a mood and drawing the viewer into the atmosphere of its scene until the line is blurred between reality and art.

Trompe L'oeil Adds Depth

The most common illusion created with trompe l'oeil is one of false depth. A great trompe l'oeil artist achieves this by using the wall or space itself. For example, vines creeping up a stone edifice or around a real window where one would logically appear, an open door leading into another room, or a winding staircase to a non-existent world. Trompe l'oeil muralists also incorporate a variety of still-life objects, such as plants and vases, to give the room more subtle depth for the viewer's eye.

Leigh Watson of Watson Design is an Austin muralist who has mastered the art of trompe l'oeil and can turn any blank wall into your favorite scenic get-a-way or rustic wine cellar. She also creates artistic logos and stunning wall murals for medical offices, dental clinics, hospitals, homes, schools and churches all over the State of Texas. Her artwork ranges from dinosaurs, safari jungles and sports stadiums to fairy-tale castles, underwater themes, your favorite storybook characters (Dr. Seuss, Where the Wild Things Are and Beatrix Potter, etc.) and much more!

With Leigh's imagination and creative spirit, trompe l'oeil paintings, waiting room murals, custom logos, mobile murals, wall mural paintings, baby nursery murals, and dental exam room murals make blank walls and spaces come alive under her skillful hands. Visit Leigh Watson at to set up an appointment today!

Heather Preston. Trompe l oeil - A self-taught muralist/decorative artist, Leigh Watson founded Watson Design. Contact Leigh for your next mural!
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