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How to Use Trellis Wallpaper

23rd May 2019

Trellis wallpaper is made up of interlocking shapes that are repeated across the design. There's now a growing range of shapes, colours, and patterns available.

Trellis design wallpaper is often associated with traditional interiors thanks to their origins. Yet, it's the new iterations that are gaining wider appeal.

Here's our guide on how to use trellis wallpaper, whether classic or contemporary, in your home.

Trellis Wallpaper: Everything You Need to Know

The History Behind Trellis Wallpaper

Trellises were originally designed as a framework of interwoven wood, bamboo or metal. They were created to support the growth of plants.

Ivy and climbing plants were the first to be nurtured using these lattice constructions. As their success became apparent, different designs were made to suit different plant life.

Trellises are often panels that are hung on walls but architecture came to take on this role with trelliage. This is latticework built into a building's design. Popularity of this style is attributed to King Louis XIV who had just such a building constructed in the gardens of Versailles.

Credit for the first trellis wallpaper design, however, goes to William Morris. Trellis (1864) was his first wallpaper but the third to be released.

Originally, the birds and insects were added by Morris' friend, Phillip Webb. It has since been re-imagined and re-printed for a new generation.

The pattern was inspired by a rose trellis in his garden at Red House. This spot is known as William Morris' Arts & Crafts home in Kent.

Botanical prints and British countryside influences went on to define William Morris' work. Consequently, it also marked the Arts and Crafts movement (1880 - 1920).

Since that time trellis wallpaper has largely gone on to focus on the latticework. The lines and interlocking shapes are the focal point of the pattern.

Wallpaper printing techniques have also developed, allowing for greater detail, speed, and more vibrant colours. Here's what modern trellis wallpaper looks like today.

Simple Trellis Wallpaper

The simplest trellis design wallpaper is diamonds. They use straight, diagonal lines to instantly create interlocking shapes.

These patterns can be in a wide range of colours and their lines can come with a little flare. They can be dotted, 3D or look like original trellis materials such as bamboo.

They can also have added detail where the lines meet. These may be an uncomplicated knots, florals, or even bees.

Unfussy trellis wallpaper prints are the most adaptable and versatile. In neutral tones they provide pattern in a room without stealing focus. This allows them to be paired with other patterns and character to be added in the home accessories.

There's often bolder tones available to create a stronger base colour for a room. The simple pattern, however, keeps the look relatively tame.

Geometric Trellis Wallpaper

There's a big overlap between trellis wallpaper and geometric wallpaper. The latter uses abstract, nonrepresentational shapes such as lines, triangles, and hexagons.

Trellis wallpaper, on the other hand, can use any shapes or imagery. These can include flora and fauna, for example. They also exclusively form repetitive, connected, and uniform patterns.

As modern trellis wallpaper has developed, geometric prints have become a popular design for contemporary homes. They can be clean and minimalistic like diamond motifs or more ornate.

Geometric trellis wallpaper sets the tone for a room. The colour used and formality of the print are then matched in furnishings.

A duck egg blue interior is calm, relaxing, and traditional in its decor. In contrast, a vibrant colour combination would be fitting for a young modern space.

Moroccan Trellis Wallpaper

A modern classic design is Moroccan trellis wallpaper with its mixture of rounded and straight lines. The architectural term for perforated stone or a lattice screen is 'jali' (meaning 'net') and is now used in interiors.

The early forms of these designs were made to diffuse and cool air. They then became ornamental (like in the Taj Mahal). They have since, unfortunately, gone out of fashion thanks to privacy and security concerns.

It's the pattern that is currently popular, on tiles, rugs, and trellis wallpaper. The rounded and straight lines bring a sense of exquisite opulence.

Thanks to their roots, Moroccan trellis wallpaper designs looks particularly stunning in neutral. Stone colours retain the elegance of the past.

Mixing these with natural fabrics like linen gives a timeless, lived-in feel. Alternatively, use jewel tones and turquoise for a luxurious finish.

Three Ways to Style Your Trellis Wallpaper

Idea One: Imperial Trellis Wallpaper

A more intricate use of rounded and straight lines is imperial trellis wallpaper. It has connecting and overlapping lines which in turn create new shapes.

They are often one colour with neutral or they're a tone on tone design. These hues balance the busyness of the pattern.

An open staircase can be a difficult space to manoeuvre. This one is cleverly decorated to counteract the focal point of the stone staircase.

It uses the neutral and bronze Parterre Trellis Wallpaper, the tones are then inverted on the Parterre Border. This combination lightens and lifts this shaded area. This is done by the darker tones underneath that make ceilings appear higher.

Colour is added through sumptuous pink velvet upholstery to create a feeling of playfulness and luxury. Finally, antiques are used to bring a sense of purpose to an otherwise overlooked spot.

Idea Two: Traditional Living Room Wallpaper

Trellis wallpaper and its sometimes geometric patterns are usually seen as contemporary wallpaper designs. They, in fact, lend themselves wonderfully to traditional interiors.

The simple use of colour and their repetitive, uniform nature allows them to be easily matched in the home. This interior uses panelling in the same cream as the Prescott Wallpaper.

A plain cream upholstery fabric is then used on a lovely button-backed occasional chair. This is matched further in vases within the room.

Light is allowed to radiate through the space through the use of home accessories. The ornamental screen and glass table lamp allow rays of light to go largely uninterrupted.

It's an instantly tranquil space that's entirely inviting.

Idea Three: Chinoiserie Wallpaper

Thanks to the silk road many archival fabric designs have Eastern influences. The first wallpapers were then interpretations of these tapestries and upholstery materials.

As a result, Chinoiserie style can be felt in many interior designs and it's making a resurgence. New and interesting interpretations are reimagining and livening-up vintage patterns.

This Pagoda Wallpaper achieves just that with its use of blush pink and a 3D print. Its name refers to traditional tiered buildings that can be found in South Asia.

Coupling this angular pattern with a large print velvet fabric equals out the room. Jungle Rumble Velvet Fabric is ideal with the touches of blush pink reflecting the trellis wallpaper design.

A metallic side-table continues the modern interior scheme and allows both patterns to be seen. Whilst, a pop of colour on the lampshade completes the room.