Trend: Wallpapers that fool your eyes

Looks can deceive. A huge trend at the moment are the trompe d’oeuil wallpapers: optical illusions. Paper that looks like tiles, leather, concrete, wood or fabric. Wallpaper design houses Arte International, Elitis and Designers Guild are the most renowned distributors of these chic and creative wallpapers. However cheaper designs like the VT Wonen wallpaper collections are also breaking new ground and have introduced several designs that fit the trend.

The Andalusia tile wallpaper from Designer Guild suffused with the energy of the House of Lacroix. The tiles look as if they are corroded by the test of time. Another example of tile paper that looks corroded is the Merci Brooklyn collection.

designers guild wallpaper

wallpaper tiles

Merci Brooklyn Tins wallpaper – available at

The French brand Elitis has a variety of eye-deceiving wall papers like broken glass pieces or feathers.

elitis 2 wallpaper

elitis wallpaperThe combination of sparkling silver and simulated tiles adds a sophisticated and stylish vibe to your space and creates optical height and width.

wallpaper sparkle

VT Wonen wallpaper collection

silver tile wallpaper

Cole & Son Albery wallpaper

Is it wood? No, it is really wallpaper. Vt Wonen’s scrapwood wallpaper or Piet Hein Eek‘s wooden planks, give a robust look to any space.

wallpaper like wooden planks

VT Wonen wallpaper


Piet Hein Eek wallpaper


  1. I love these! Especially the first two. I have a real thing for tin ceilings, so it’s great to see a version of that.

  2. love these papers, thanks for sharing. I will be sharing your post with my readers on friday!

  3. Oh wallpaper, is there anything more beautiful than a well papered room? I think not! I particularly love these papers! Clever trickery!

  4. Love the Piet Hein Eek wallpaper. I recently saw his furniture range in Stockholm which was amazing. The sparkling silver wallpaper would light up any dark space. xx

  5. What a great selection of wallpapers, I tend to fall for this style as it creates such a lovely optical illusion. The Merci Brooklyn Tins wallpaper and Cole and Son Albury are my favourite. xD


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