A Walnut Wood Grain Trompe L’oeil Door panel was done for one of my faux finishing home shows.
I make wood graining interesting and fun. By adding a walnut wood grain trompe l’oeil door panel to a faux finishing seminar it springs a surprise on the people who attend my events. The walnut wood graining and trompe loeil really packs a punch. The seminars and demonstrations I have done at the former International Design Center at Estero, now currently named the Miromar Design Center
were always a success in my opinion because of how well people responded to the information that I would share with them.
This is a flat panel done in a walnut wood grain with trompe loeil raised molding. This was a study done for a designer client of mine. You might see a finish like this performed on a cabinets or a door way to give it a sense of depth or uncommon age. You can also go for a more distressed look to match other antique pieces in the room.
A full view of the trompe loeil panel can give the wood graining a convincing appearance and is one of my favorite techniques to use
Although the stiles and rails would be done in a straight grain instead of a heart grain this panel was done to give it more pop and normally I would not go against the rules if this were inside a home.
This trompe loeil faux walnut panel was done this way for more visual effect than anything.
several other wood grain techniques can add to even a rooms appearance as in this Southwestern decor where I had to match the doors and crown moldings to a mahogany wainscoting
Walnut is more on the brown greenish side with more gray and mahogany has a richer reddish almost violet look to it. Of course there are no trompe loeil moldings on this door you can see the raised panels casts its own shadows.
Of course there are many species of mahogany and one that has hit the market pretty hard because it is a bit less expensive is the South American mahogany which has a grain pattern of its own.
This drywall built in entertainment center was faux finshed with this particular wood graining to match the entry door of this home
The doors are real of course and are a bit different as the tradition red mahogany. This species has more of an open grain which meant I had to change the wood graining faux finishing technique that I would normally use for a mahogany wood grain.
The next picture is of the drywall built in which had a knock down drywall texture which I had to smooth out with compound, sand, prime, and of course match a base paint that I could use as a ground color.
So as you can see there can be a bit more to a faux finish wood grain than just writing an article about a Walnut Trompe Loeil Door article. Generally this is the kind of information that I give when I present my seminars and demonstration series to club houses, Interior Designers, my clients and home owners and yes even businesses and builders.
There is a lot to be said about the decorative arts and the versatility of it and how and where it can be applied. It doesn’t matter what your home or business decor or style is weather its contemporary or old world the art of decoration can be applied anywhere and in a lot of cases remedy problem areas which to some just can’t find an answer for.
Well how about asking your local artist? I mean after all isn’t it all about color? And what better person to ask? It seems since the changes into contemporary and modern designs most have forgotten that the best help and assistance they can get are from veteran artists who have a wealth of knowledge and innovative creative experience. Faux finishing, decorative and fine artists can still be a major part in a homes decor to make it unique and bring each owners personality to the home. In my opinion most of the new home designs I have seen lack one major and most important part….. Although beautifully done I feel that some interiors lack warmth and personality. But that’s just my opinion.