Is It Real or “Faux”?

Faux is a fancy French word for “false”. It is pronounced “foe”. It is often used to refer to a manufacturing process that creates items made to resemble the genuine article as closely as possible. While fake in clothing design such as handbags, jeans, watches etc. is not a good thing, it is the opposite in the home fashion industry. Faux has been a buzz word in interior décor for a long time – and with lots of good reasons. It offers clients a variety of price points for their home’s interior design, it can save our natural resources from being used up, and it opens up a world of design possibilities. Besides, who wants to tell their friends about the fabulous “false” interior décor items in their home?beach house image paragraph 1

Pretty much everyone is familiar with faux wood blinds. They provide great coverage on the window and the slats are pretty impressive for a fake. Faux woods are available in painted or stained finishes and some even have a wood grain effect added. The same faux wood can be used in shutters. And even more for your windows, there are some really good faux fabrics out there that are durable, eco-friendly and a good value. Faux silk has the same luster and slub as real silk without being prone to fading and water spotting. Faux suedes and leathers offer an excellent combination of color, value pricing and are easier to care for than the real thing.

One of my favorite faux products is the perfect answer to one of my least favorite design issues – the windowless room. Many bathrooms are like that. I always feel like the walls are closing in and that the room lacks the brightness afforded by light pouring in a window. The solution is another faux. It is a wall mural that can be a fake window with a scene of beaches and forests out the window. It is applied to the wall like wallpaper. There are images of French doors open to the outside view of a beach with the ocean beckoning beyond. The effect on the room is dramatic. It visually pushes the walls out and opens up the room to the horizons of the mural. The sizes of these faux outdoor scenes can range from that of an actual window to the size of the wall itself. You just have to see the effect this has on a room for yourself. Small powder rooms increase in size without any remodeling! I have one client who took this design style one step further with great results. We put an octagon window mural in their windowless guest bathroom at the height where you would expect to find a window in any room. My client then went out and got some window moldings to frame in the window mural. What a great idea. Not only did the window mural open up the room but then when it was framed in, it gained dimension and reality. I guess you could say it was a blend of faux and real. Hmmm.


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