A few months ago I was approached by a client who has a small elevator going from the ground floor of her apartment building(which is a large New Orleans victorian divided into apartments) directly to her apartment. Since she owns it, so she decided that she wanted it to be upholstered in red silk. The interior walls of the elevator are all metal and will not hold upholstery staples, so I was hired to paint it as if it were upholstered using tompe l'oeil techniques.
The client suggested a playful rendition of red silk upholstery, gold rope in between each panel with gold french knots at each of the four corners of the diagonal panels.
Below is my inspiration for the project:
|Red silk fabric|
|Gold rope between panels|
|Gold french knots at the four corners of the panels|
|My color inspiration: Overall painted fabric needs to be a rich, regal red.|
|A watercolor sample of what one wall of the finished elevator will look like.|
I leave you with this definition: Trompe L'oeil is french for 'deceive the eye'. A technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions.
When I finish, I will post pictures of the completed project. Have a great week!