A Surprising Small Space Solution

What does the Jesuit Church in Vienna and a small Boston apartment designed by Leslie Saul & Associates have in common? Trompe l’oeil … of course!

Trompe l’oeil is French for “to deceive the eye”. This paining technique uses very realistic imagery to create an optical illusion that the image appear in three dimensions.  The painting technique is most often used to create space in a room by depicting a vista, window or even door. The technique actually tricks the eye into thinking the walls of a room or a building continue out further than they actually do. The deep history of the Trompe l’oeil can be traced all the way back to ancient Greek and Roman times and artists continue to employ the technique today.

Here Trompe l’oeil is used in a grand Viennese cathedral

Fresco with Trompe l'oeuil by Andrea Pozzo at the Jesuit Church Vienna

Here the technique is used to great effect in a small Boston apartment. We love how this mural and ceiling treatment transform the room. The living room went from typical  – to magical with the expertly painted Trompe l’oeil mural. Sometimes you just have to think ‘big” in a small space.

Leslie Saul & Associates

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