Don’t you just love interiors that have a strong indoor/outdoor connection? Well, me too! When it comes to decorating, I have an affinity for rooms with an earthy feel that evoke the tranquility of a garden. Even better if they open onto one!
Whether you have stunning views and a patio right outside of your living room, or not, there are many different ways to bring the outdoors in. You can begin with the color scheme – an earthy palette of greens and grounding browns will work like a charm. Next, use fabrics / wall coverings that depict serene nature scenes and floral patterns. Last, finish the room by incorporating natural textures whenever possible – rattan, sisal and wicker will subtly create a garden-like feel. Now, if you’re bold enough, you can always try a garden trellis! It is by far one of the most dramatic and efficient ways of creating a garden room.
A garden trellis or a treillage (aka as fretwork or lattice) is an architectural structure made of interlacing strips of wood, bamboo or metal, that is widely used in gardens to support climbing trees and plants.
They come in a variety of shapes and patterns, based on the species of plants they are created for, but have a strong aesthetic component as well. Inspired by beautiful garden pavilions, interior designers have successfully borrowed the trellis and brought it indoors! The result is a light, whimsical and garden-y room filled with texture and architectural interest. Porches, sunrooms and dining rooms are particularly suited for treillage but there are no rules for its use really.
Elsie de Wolfe is one of the first American decorators to use the trellis as a wall treatment in the early 1900s, in the now famous Trellis Room at the Colony Club (New York City’s private club for high society women) and many decorators have used it since to create the most charming spaces. Below are some of my favorite rooms designed around stunning lattice work. Notice how, when real lattice is not an option, one can get a similar look with paint and a cool graphic wallpaper. I particularly love Carleton V’s lattice (unfortunately discontinued) and China Seas Lyford Trellis. Enjoy!
Sara Ruffin Costello
Tom Samet & Frances Schultz