You may have noticed that I’ve selected a trellis pattern for my bathroom wallpaper {post here}. I spent countless hours browsing wallpaper books and the second I laid eyes upon it, I knew this was the one.  Technically, it’s a quatrefoil shape used in a trellis pattern, but I’m just going to refer to it as a trellis design for simplicity.  I chose this particular pattern because it has a clean, more modern look, which will contrast nicely with the antique dresser I’m using as a vanity.  But what’s funny about saying that it has a modern look is that the trellis pattern isn’t modern at all!  In fact, it’s a classic pattern that dates back to 1800’s.




“Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris, 1880


Taken literally, a trellis pattern is based on the function of an actual trellis, which is a frame of latticework used to support fruit trees and other climbing plants.  In the mid-1800’s, William Morris {1834-1896}, a famous English textile designer, began to shift his focus away from painting and onto wallpaper design.  His first design, created in 1864, was called “Trellis” and was based his home’s garden in Kent. And so began the prolific use of the trellis pattern in textiles, prints, and wallpapers.

William Morris Trellis
“Trellis” by William Morris


Today’s classic trellis design reflects an updated, simpler look where foliage has been removed and only the latticework remains, often consisting of graceful lines and curves.

Wallpapers clockwise top left: 1. Ashford House Silhouette Open Trellis 2. Schumacher Imperial Trellis 3. York Peek-a-Boo Graphic Trellis 4. Laurel Trellis



But more geometric versions of the trellis design have emerged in recent years.



The design has made its way into all faucets of home decorating, including accent pillows, walls, draperies, rugs, and more.  Typically featuring two, maybe three, colors, it adds a lot of interest to a space without overpowering it.

{via Katie Campbell Interiors & Design}
{via Katie Campbell Interiors & Design}
{via Kerrisdale Design Inc.}
{via Kerrisdale Design Inc.}
{via Charlie Barnett Associates}
{via Charlie Barnett Associates}


What’s great is that this pattern works equally well in a variety of decorating styles, from Traditional, to Transitional, Modern, and everything in between.

{via Eberlein Design Consultants}
{via Eberlein Design Consultants}
{via Jeneration Interiors}
{via Jeneration Interiors}
{via Leslie Hayes Interiors}
{via Leslie Hayes Interiors}



I recently purchased a trellis curtain panel that I’m turning into a window valence for the kitchen and I’ll share photos of that project once it’s done.  In the meantime, I’m sitting tight waiting for the wallpaper to arrive and crossing my fingers that it’s *just” what I wanted!



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  1. I’m glad to now know that William Morris may have started the trellis trend. I’ve been trying to work on a blog about lattice, but quickly realized that it’s closely interwined with trellis. Then I was going to blog about both, but that is starting to get complicated for me. I may need to rethink this. But I can’t wait to see what your trellis wallpaper looks like!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Michelle – I’m so glad you found this post useful! I’ll admit – I am completely in love with the wallpaper! The bathroom makeover is just about done and I can’t wait to share… :) Kim

  2. So excited to see the wallpaper & curtains – love the choice of trellis pattern!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  3. Kim,
    I do like the trellis design. I can’t wait to see your guest bath with that beautiful vanity and the trellis wallpaper.

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