Today's home moves from the inside to the outside almost effortlessly. With folding glass walls, expansive windows and outdoor living spaces, we can move seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. Plus, outdoor living spaces are now common to most homes. But now that we've brought the inside outdoors, how can we bring more of an outdoor feeling inside? The answer is lattice.
Lattice has typically been a wood product that is found outdoors and used as fencing for trellises or to bring privacy to outdoor settings. However, the French have long used lattice indoors to give an outdoorsy or garden style to most any room.
Called treillage, latticework is casual and formal, and it was originally designed to give vines support as they grew. Made more famous for its elegant appeal, the Ritz in Paris and the Palace of Versailles both incorporate lattice into their designs. Lattice is most frequently seen in garden rooms designed for indoor garden enjoyment, and it's a timeless style that brings a delightful texture anywhere it's placed.
The most common lattice can be found in square- or diamond-shape patterns at most home centers. Panels are available in both wood and plastic in 8-by-4-foot sheets, making them easy to adapt to wall-size applications.
Some panels have a tighter lattice design, such as the Severe Weather (
) panel that offers more privacy, making it a good option for a room divider. Recently, however, new trends in room dividers and privacy panels have brought design and selection to the world of lattice. Consisting of patterns that go from the traditional to contemporary, there are limitless numbers of designs found in trellis panels (
Think about how you want to install your latticework and finish it. There are myriad ways to decorate your lattice.
A quick and easy installation is to apply latticework to a ceiling. For something simple and elegant, paint the wall and the lattice the same color. This creates oodles of texture and has a serene feel.
If you're using it in a small or dark space, consider adding mirror behind it to make the room open up and look brighter. For a high-contrast look, paint a trellis a standout color from the wall. You'll have instant drama that racks up lots of style points.
For a lattice look, without the expense or effort, give wallpaper a thought. With its trompe l'oeil appeal, you'll get the effect from across the room. A traditional paper is the Zanzibar Trellis in Jade (