Faux Bois and Wood Decorating Ideas
What is Faux Bois?
Bringing the rustic, earthy quality of wood grain into your home can add interest and texture to a variety of furniture pieces and accents. Try these ideas for natural look in your home.
French for "false wood," faux bois is a fitting name for items that appear plucked from the forest but are actually made of cast stone, cast iron, or cement, or are painted to have a woodsy look. Although earthy and rustic, faux bois makes a splendid match for polished pieces. For instance, a pail made of concrete is dainty enough to hold a lady's slipper orchid.
Faux Bois Table Setting
Faux bois is a major theme at Skylands and was incorporated into the table settings at Martha's birthday party: the tablecloths were green faux bois; the woodland arrangements were created in some of Martha's antique French containers; and the menu cards, place cards, and table cards were printed with faux-bois patterns.
Tree stumps, used individually or clustered together, function as low tables in a living room. A coat of enamel paint applied to the tops serves a dual purpose: It adds a jolt of color and creates a smooth, sealed surface.
Birch Wall Panel
Birch poles sliced into disks and glued to plywood panels create a graphic wall mosaic. Strategically placed longer pieces can be used as hooks for bags and artwork.
Martha's Faux Bois Table
A giant faux bois rectangular table and benches graces the entryway in Martha's Maine home, Skylands.
Twisted Veneer Candleholders and Garland
Rather than an explosion of petals, consider a sculptural arrangement of veneer figure eights for a dinner party.