Style Spotlight: Faux Bois

Written on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm , by

It’s hard to resist the appeal of beautiful tall trees and there’s nothing like a nice long walk in the woods to clear the mind!  So it makes perfect sense that when we decorate, we embrace the patterns found on the surface of bark or in the grain of wood.  “Faux bois” is French for “false wood” and the term defines the reproduction of wood patterns in home decor. 

Natural wood accents and finishes are en vogue right now and rightfully so.  Nature is one of the best sources we look to for inspiration and to emulate by bringing the patterns we find outside indoors.  I’m a lover of this popular pattern myself, and even made my own faux bois vases last year – they remain one of my favorite craft projects to date. 

Ask many designers and they’ll tell you one of their best tricks when sprucing up a space is to pull the look and feel of the outdoors inside, and the use of faux bois treatments on walls or underfoot is one way to capture the feel of nature indoors, but no need to restrict yourself to earth tones!  Choose faux bois treatments in colors that complement your chosen palette, whether subtle or bold. 

 

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A variety of home furnishings are available in this style, including end tables and chairs, and smaller accessories like pillows, vessels, and table decor also add the touch of twig or wood grain to the home.

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 faux bois white tables bhg

 

Want to bring the look of faux bois into your house? 

Here are a few favorite style picks!

 

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From top left: Woods wallpaper, Anthropologie, $198/roll;  Birch Stencil, Cutting Edge Stencils, $68; Oscar lamp, Lamps Plus, $87; Bark Pot, Terrain, $12; Floor lamp, Oly Studio; Stray Dog Stump, Zinc Door, $363; Mirror, Zinc Door, $462; Mousepad, Zazzle, $11; Faux bois pillow, Shop Ten 25, $160; Set of four placemats, Design Public,$52; Wood Grain pitcher, Terrain, $10; Arbor Chair, Currey and Co; Fountain, Ballard Designs, $119; Plate, Zazzle, $26; Faux Bois rug, Home Decorators, $267; Twig Table, CS Post, $369.

 

We all love to bring the outdoors inside, have you embraced the faux bois look with your decorating?  

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