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Trompe L’Oeil at it’s best

A recent visit to Rome has left me completely inspired by the traditional and extremely effective technique of Trompe L’Oeil. As I walked around the Vatican Museum it was not the artefacts on display that took my breath away but the stunning architecture, in particular the ceilings of the building. It was only upon careful study of these ceilings that I was able to decipher that many of them contained elements or were entirely decorated with Trompe L’Oiel.

Quite understandably, it is often the Sistine Chapel ceiling and fresco by Michelangelo that gets the attention and this certainly takes some beating.

Classical interior design

Sistine Chapel ceiling with the infamous creation of Adam by Michelangelo

This was, to a degree, expected but what surprised and delighted as much was when room after room presented the most incredible ceilings adorned with decoration, classical scenes and trompe l’oeil. Here are a few of my favourites.

Simply stunning. For me this illustrates just how timeless design can be.

Stunning. For me this illustrates just how timeless design can be. The geometric ceiling would look at home in many contemporary interiors today.

More ornate but simply delightful.

More ornate but simply delightful.

Everything except the gilded detail is trompe l'oeil

Everything except the gilded detail is trompe l’oeil

Pastel colours keep this trompe l'oeil delicate and light

Pastel colours keep this trompe l’oeil delicate and light

 

How can you not look upwards when this is what lies above?

How can you not look upwards when this is what lies above?

It makes you realise what a missed opportunity a plain white ceiling can be. Why not get creative with your Georgian home? Seek to add the next layer of contemporary history with a fresco or trompe l’oeil on the ceiling. Failing this, get on a flight to Rome and experience these delights yourself.

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