Trompe l'oeil panels with faux wood grain and marble by Arteriors

Trompe l’oeil panels with faux wood grain and marble by Arteriors

We, the artisans of Arteriors, practice a decorative art that’s as American as George and Martha Washington – faux wood graining.

More than 200 years ago, status was expressed by expensive building materials that were not easily had in the newly minted country.  Marble and exotic hardwoods being among these items which could be substituted with a lesser material and then painted with a faux finish, like the faux Mahogany panels in Washington’s foyer.

Today, faux wood graining is done more for a desire to create an antique or traditional look.  There is a nod to the past when it is used to create trompe l’oeil wood and marble panels, such as these for a house built in the 20th century.

A faux wood grain finish is probably one of the most satisfying of faux finishes and most fun to teach.  After the initial base coat, a contrasting glaze is painted on and a graining tool is dragged over the wet paint, producing an instant grain pattern.  Of course there are many more steps to be taken to finesse the perfect finish, but there is a magic effect to the first step.

We love the use of wood grain patterns seen now in fabric which has become part of a rustic chic trend, as well as the silver driftwood faux wood grain.  Rustic chic might not have been the look that George and Martha were looking for when they specified the faux mahogany painting on the pine paneling in their new foyer but no matter, the design has endured and has become an American design classic!

Contact Arteriors today and get the look you want!

Mount Vernon

Faux mahogany in foyer at Mount Vernon