Are there rooms in your house that feel a bit claustrophobic? You can open up the space almost immediately with a decor of “faux” (“fake” in French) or “trompe l’oeil” (deceiving the eye) windows painted on your walls, bringing the outdoors in!
In this example, I painted a mural with two windows, in a large, dimly lit family room in the basement, used by children and adults for playing games or watching movies.
I started by drawing the silhouette of the windows that I masked to paint the moldings around the window opening, mimicking the real existing ones. I always used the “Frog tape” that does not let the paint bleed through the tape and it leaves a very clean edge. I used high grade Benjamion Moore latex opaint.
Then I painted the window frames.
The following step was to draw and paint the window sill and the exterior walls framing the windows. Once completed, I blocked them with tape and started painting the countryside landscape surrounding the house: its pond, the old farm and the wonderful hills.The last step was to block the opened window frames to paint the reflection of the landscape within the window panes. Once finished, the windows became the focal point of the room while expanding/linking the latter to the outdoors.This “trompe l’oeil” (“fool the eye” in French) not only brought fun and warmth but also a relief to an otherwise closed-up room.In children quarters, you could also paint cute monsters peeping through the windows or other fun animals! Any theme could be amusing and would literally open up your walls. Here’s another idea, perhaps for my next project: a round opening to a Chinese garden or a succession of doors and hallways to perfect a trompe l’oeil effect.