Trompe l’oeil

This is a an artistic technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion of three dimensions, depth and space.

The technique is used to “deceive the eye” and has been used for century’s by the world’s leading artists of the time to create effects of 3D architectural mouldings, panelled rooms, depth and vaulting to ceilings, windows on flat walls and many more. All create an illusion of extra space, increased grandeur (or intentional ageing) and a developed additional perspective.

At Hare and Humphreys our team have been trained to understand architectural order, true perspective, shadow and the delicate transformation of colour needed to create intricate designs. The results of our trompe l’oeil works are widely acclaimed.

Our design team are often required to create and lead the concept, provide sketches and water colours and present to our clients. The transformation of our installations are often breathtaking and soon become a part of the “new building” with illusions that are virtually indistinguishable from reality..

With a strong conservation discipline, we are also often called upon to sensitively restore, consolidate, replicate and conserve some of the nations most important historic works.


  • Olive garland with ribbon
  • Rinceau decoration, London Residence
  • Ceiling with trompe panel mouldings and flowers, London Residence
  • Acanthus leaf and flowers, London Residence
  • Completing decorative floral spray, London Residence
  • Hand painting acanthus leaf cornice, London Residence
  • Trompe l'oeil bellflower on gilt background, London Residence
  • Vituvian scroll and waterleaf on gilt background, London Residence
  • Shell niche and swags, London Residence