Color Chart: Faux Bois

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Faux Bois Lamp Shade

OK, I suppose this isn't really a color so much as a design trend. However, you can use it like an accent color, and it's a fun look, so I think it's worth bending the rules a little bit! 

So...what is it? The French term "faux bois" literally means "false wood", and refers to the technique of imitating wood grain and tree branches in home decor items.

The shade shown above, from Lights Up! and called (appropriately enough) the Faux Bois lamp shade, is a great example of the technique.

Faux Bois Bird Bath

This cast stone birdbath demonstrates how even stone can be formed and textured in the faux bois style to look like wood.

Faux Bois Magazine Holder

Another example is this magazine holder with faux bois veneer.

Faux Bois Mission Table Lamp

Faux bois is also used as an accent for lighting products, such as the Mission style table lamp with faux wood base see above. Mica Shade Mission Table Lamp.

Whether used in a lifelike way (like the birdbath) or highly stylized (i.e, the lamp shade), the faux bois wood look is a wonderful way to color your home decor!


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  • That night lamp is really appreciable I like it most though all the other above products are beautiful.. Can I buy it??

  • Hi - thanks for the question! Sorry to say, but the Mission table lamp seen in the post is no longer available.

    We do have other table lamps with faux wood bases or faux bois detailing. You can find them on our site here:

    Let us know if you find anything you like. Thanks again for the comment and question!

Color Chart: Faux Bois