trompe l'oeil murals and specialist decoration U.K.

faux wood graining

woodgraining is a branch of specialist decoration in which the decorative artist uses paint to simulate the appearance of exotic and expensive timbers. Graining is a traditional decorative paint finish and is one of a number of paint effects that have been widely used for several centuries to enhance interiors. We are woodgraining specialists and undertake work nationwide.

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woodgraining characteristics

In use graining inclines to suggest, as does the natural material, a sense of warmth, intimacy, elegance, honesty and charm. In large schemes such as panelled rooms and sequences of doors it can be suggestive of opulence and grandeur.

wood grain paint effects in use

woodgraining can be used anywhere where expensive wood would fittingly be used, or when indeed an environmentally considered approach is required.

The technique of faux graining can usefully support period styles of decoration such as Biedermeier, Art Deco and Empire. This is partially but not only because this paint effect was used extensively in these periods.

Woodgraining as a specialist decoration technique is a useful solution where the real material cannot be used for technical reasons, or to match existing timbers that can no longer be sourced. A trained and experienced decorative artist can apply the specialist faux wood paint effect with sympathy for the overall design considerations of the project.
At the finest levels of craftsmanship graining can reasonably be described as a type of trompe l'oeil. Wood graining of this pedigree is sometimes referred to a polite graining or faux bois.

graining history

An ancient technique, a class of craftsmen existed in Ancient Egypt who replicated in paint the expensive woods in popular use at the time.
Early European examples date back to the late seventeenth century and the craft in Britain was given impetus from Europe by the arrival of the Huguenots. The craft of the grainer reached its apogee in the mid nineteenth century with the likes of artists like Thomas Kershaw, who's graining work examples are on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum.