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Latticework Indoors

Bunny Mellon, the heiress and close friend of Jackie Kennedy, was known for her exquisite personal style and taste in decorating and gardening. She beautifully redesigned the White House Rose Garden for President Kennedy.  In admiring photos of various homes and gardens that Bunny Mellon decorated or designed, I have noticed how much she favored the use of latticework both indoors and outdoors.

This is the Mellons’ Manhattan townhouse, where Bunny used lattice to adorn the courtyard walls:

Architectural Digest

A lattice gazebo in the Mellons’ New York garden:

Architectural Digest

Latticework dominates Bunny Mellon’s Manhattan garden room:

Architectural Digest

In the greenhouse of her Virginia estate, she used a painted lattice pattern on the walls:



Bunny Mellon used lattice in her decorating over 50 years ago, and such patterns and structures are still popular today.

Latticework, or, as it is often referred to, treillage, is something I have generally associated with outdoor spaces, but it is frequently used in interiors, as well. It has the ability to bring the feel of the outdoors inside, and it adds dimension and interest to a space. Inspired by Bunny Mellon’s work, I have collected for this post some examples of the use of latticework in modern interiors.

In the New Orleans sun room pictured in the next photograph, the lattice is painted robin’s egg blue and covers the ceiling and walls.  In some spots, the lattice is backed by mirrors to reflect more light and greenery around the room:

Southern Living

Sara Ruffin Costello, in her New Orleans home, uses a trellis with Moorish arches over the doors:

One Kings Lane

The white lattice in this sunny seating area pops against the spring green paint:

Ashley Whittaker Design

Designer Danielle Rollins, below, uses a deep blue trellis to add a garden feel to her dining area:

Atlanta Homes

The pattern of this trellis above the window is striking:

Cathy Kincaid Interiors

The lattice walls below add interest and texture to an addition outside Shelley Johnstone’s dining room:

Shelley Johnstone Design

This painted green lattice work in a home in the Bahamas is certainly a scene stealer:

House Beautiful

If you aren’t ready to add actual latticework, you could always use wallpaper with the lattice motif, as Bunny Williams did in this Virginia dining room:

Architectural Digest

Schumacher’s imperial trellis pattern wallpaper adds a modern touch to this breakfast nook:

House Beautiful via Lynn Chalk

What do you think of using lattice inside?

13 thoughts on “Latticework Indoors

    1. Thanks for commenting Linda. I think lattice is one of those things that you either love or hate. I don’t think I would ever be brave enough to use it in my home but I admire it in other people’s homes! Have a good day!


  1. I have always loved lattice, though I have never had a good place to use it effectively. I especially like the examples you included here from Bunny Mellon who used white lattice on white walls and the tan or khaki on the same color. I think I appreciate the texture that offer as much as the pattern. Thanks for such an interesting discussion!


    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments Janet! I agree about the wonderful texture that lattice adds. I can’t imagine using it in my high-rise apartment but perhaps someday I will have an occasion to experiment with it. Thanks so much for stopping by!


    1. Lattice seems very southern in style to me and somehow I just knew you would be a fan Marcie!💙 I like anything that adds a bit of a garden feel to a space–it always looks cheerful. Thanks as always for commenting!


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