Trend: Trompe L'Oeil

Sight gags have had a place in décor since ancient Pompeians painted fake doors onto walls to make their houses seem bigger. Now that digital printing has made trompe l'oeil all the more convincing, designers are returning to the classic form of visual deception—with a modern slant, of course.

Photograph courtesy of Baukeknottnerus.nl

Sight gags have had a place in décor since ancient Pompeians painted fake doors onto walls to make their houses seem bigger. Now that digital printing has made trompe l'oeil all the more convincing, designers are returning to the classic form of visual deception—with a modern slant, of course. Monica Khemsurov

On days when you don't have time to straighten your bedroom, this curtain (seen above) gives the illusion of a serene, spotless, and stylishly appointed space. Curtain by Bauke Knottnerus, starting at $3,250, baukeknottnerus.nl

Photograph courtesy of Moroso.it

Given the wood-grain texture and rigid-looking form of Front's Soft Wood sofa, the comfy foam-and-fabric construction seems too good to be true. You have to sit on it to believe it. Soft Wood Sofa by Front for Moroso, price upon request, moroso.it

Photograph courtesy of Burojet.com

Cool doesn't always equal comfort, but the fold-out Plano seat—a flattened version of a Gerrit Rietveld design—guarantees you style without the back pain. Plano chair by Egbert-Jan Lam, starting at $3,300, burojet.com

Photograph courtesy of Suzannevanoirschot.nl

The façades of these all-purpose cabinets feature objects like speakers and newspapers that blend right into a bachelor-pad aesthetic. 2D Furniture by Wouter Nieuwendijk and Suzanne van Oirschot, $566 to $1,730, suzannevanoirschot.nl

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