Trompe l'oeil, French for 'fool the eye': any surface treatment two-dimensional but photorealistic enough to make you do a double take. Or just to delight you. Probably you didn't actually think there was an opera house behind this settee.. but wouldn't it be wonderful if there were? Here, a roundup of ten of our favorite trompe l'oeil wallpapers.
I can't help loving this wallpaper by Wall & Deco, which gives me a bit of a Louise Nevelson vibe.
This is In Mind, also by Wall & Deco. Something about those half-opened drawers gives it a strangely haunting feel.
And one more... Stucco, also by Wall & Deco. Not actually a beautiful old architectural wall, but I was fooled.
Perfect for replicating the look of an old-school tin ceiling on the cheap. Brooklyn Tins wallpaper from Metro Furniture.
And in a moody bedroom from House Beautiful.
Marble wallpaper by Ferm Living... cheaper than marble, but just as pretty.
Wonderful texture, and just a little bit brutalist. Geo Wallpaper from Ella Doran.
And finally, 'Paris Marble' — old-world glam at new-world prices.