Help me fake trompe-l'oeil in my bathroom.
May 8, 2007 11:12 AM Subscribe
I have a vision for decorating my bathroom. It sort of involves an amateurish take on trompe-l'oeil -- I know I've seen it before, but I can't think of where. I'm hoping the Hive can put me on the right path to creativity.
posted by shiu mai baby to home & garden (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, what I'm picturing is starting with a bathroom painted in a lovely shade of French blue. The tricky/fun part is the faux trompe-l'oeil, if it can be called such. The main part of what I want to do is hand-paint a frame around our big but plain double-sink vanity, and possibly paint "crown moulding" along the top.
The reason why I call it faux trompe-l'oeil is that all of this would be done in outline, probably using a subtle hue of silver or ivory paint, rather than going balls-out with the perspective and lifelike shading and such, which is way beyond my artistic ability.
I know I've seen such a technique somewhere, but I can't place it. I'm looking for pictures, if they're out there, as well as any ideas / suggestions to make this crazy plan work. The good news is that while the bathroom is large, there's not a ton of empty wall space, so one or two painted elements (e.g. fake frame + fake shelf with vase of flowers; fake frame + fake moulding; etc.) will probably be the limit.