Trompe l'oeil

Trompe l'oeil is a style of painting that gives an illusion of photographic reality. It literally translates from French as "fools the eye” and it's a great way to bring a 3D effect to a plain, blank wall. It has been used for centuries in landscapes and architecture to give the illusion of more space or to take the viewer on a journey.

A modern trompe l'oeil can easily be created by turning a favourite holiday picture into a piece of wall-art.

A company that does amazing wall-art is called SignWave at North Sydney. An enlarged reproduction from a digital photo is used to create a laminated, vinyl sign with an adhesive backing. Usually the quality of photo is important, as it needs to be a minimum of 4MB. As it is made out of vinyl it will withstand most weather conditions including rain and sunlight. To print and install will cost approximately $160 to $170 per square metre.

To bring the scene to life, surround the picture with plants that complement the photo or that grow in the region that you are depicting. The species’ below are typical Mediterranean plants.

Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’ -

This is a fast-growing, tough, evergreen plant and grows to form a pyramidal or columnar form. It prefers full sun, but will cope with part shade. It makes a great evergreen hedge or screen.

Geraniums ‘Designer Dark Red’ -
These are grown everywhere throughout the Mediterranean in pots and planters. They are tough beautiful plants which flower for a long period and love to soak up the sun. It will grow to a compact height and width of 35cm. Remove spent blooms and fertilise regularly with a soluble fertiliser.


Northcote’s Urbanlite range is ideal as not only are they lightweight, but they come in both contemporary and classic designs.

SUPPLIERS - (potting mix) - (pots) - (wall-art)


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