If you want to make a statement with your next accent wall, then look no further than this DIY indoor lattice wall. Your friends may think you’re crazy at first, but in the end their jaws are gonna drop.
I had no idea that lattice walls would be such a hot topic, y’all.
Many of you thought I was crazy. Hell, I kind of thought I was crazy.
Many folks are seriously worried about how I’m going to clean them. To be honest, I don’t do a lot of cleaning, so there’s that. 😆 Really though, since everyone was so concerned, I put my thoughts on cleaning these at the bottom of this post.
For me though, I’d been thinking about doing a lattice wall somewhere for quite a while and when the mudroom’s design led that way, I knew it was now or never. Well, probably not really never, we all know I’m a determined soul when it comes to an out-of-the-box decorating idea. I did put green astroturf carpet on a wall after all.
While lattice walls will never be for everyone, they are most definitely a winner in my heart…
Thinking about working them into your own home? It’s actually a relatively easy feature wall to create….
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Lattice Accent Wall Tutorial
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Lattice Panels – we used these white vinyl panels.
- Circular Saw
- Finish Nails and Hammer or a Finish Nail Gun
- Stud Finder
- Molding Cap for the Top of the Lattice – we used this kind.
- Single Pieces of Wood Lattice Molding
- Level and Pencil
- Spackling Putty
Before installing any lattice, you’ll need to determine what paint color you’ll be doing behind the lattice and paint the wall that color.
I had a lot of other colors and prints going on in this space, so I stayed with white-on-white for the walls and lattice. I have seen lattice accent walls that have one color on the wall and another on the lattice and it’s gorgeous. It just wasn’t the right move for this space.
For reference, I painted my walls Bit of Sugar by Behr and left the white vinyl lattice as-is and both whites worked well together.
If you’re planning to go with a color other than white for your lattice or if you’re using traditional wood lattice, you’ll also want to paint it first as well.
Paint any other trim you’ll be installing on the lattice walls now as well – i.e. the single lattice trim pieces, the cap molding, etc.
Baseboard also needs to be installed along your wall before installing the lattice.
Finally, go ahead and mark your studs along the wall using a stud finder.
Now it’s time to put the lattice on the walls! This is actually really easy.
The lattice panels come in 4′ x 8′ sheets. So, if you’re looking at the sheets horizontally, they are 4′ tall and 8′ long. I did not cut any of the height off my panels. I only cut down the length if need be.
If you have a wall you are installing the lattice on that is longer than 8′, you should first determine where you want the seam to be where your panels will meet. I had one wall that was longer than 8′. I decided I would make the seam in the middle. I marked the middle and then used my level to draw a line.
Note: If you will have to use two or more panels on a wall, I highly suggest placing the seams along where a stud is.
Cut the lattice to length as needed. We used a circular saw for this.
After drawing your level line, line up one end of the lattice on the line, then attach the lattice to the wall using a nail gun or finish nails and a hammer where you’ve marked your studs.
This is the seam on my long wall where two panels had to meet up. As you can see, there is a gap. Both the walls and floors here are not level, so that was working against me. No big deal though – that gap is easily going to be covered with a single lattice wood strip.
The lattice should sit right on top of your baseboard, or be pretty close to it as shown below.
Continue installing the lattice panels around the rest of the room.
Once all the lattice panels are installed, it’s time to make it look finished with your moldings.
You’ll want to install the molding cap above the lattice before installing the single lattice pieces to cover seams and corners.
We used this molding which has a lip on it so it smoothly sits right over the top of the lattice.
Cut the single pieces of lattice molding to size and install those in corners, edges and panels seams.
This helps to give the lattice a framed-in and finished look.
Fill any nail holes in the lattice and trim with spackling putty and touch up with paint as needed.
Console Table / Similar Red Mirror
I think this lattice wall decor brings gorgeous dimension and interest to a space.
Wallpaper / Pink Door Color / Light Fixture / Similar Brass Chinese Symbols
Keeping it white-on-white also complemented the other colors, patterns and designs in this space without having the walls take away from the overall feel of the room.
Green Tassel / Similar Brass Ginger Jars / Similar Blue and White Jars
And I adore how it’s the perfect backdrop for decorative accents like these and that red mirror.
And for those of you super worried about cleaning: since it was such a concern on this Facebook post, I tested out my Swiffer duster on them and that thing easily gets in all the nooks and crannies. The fact that I used the vinyl lattice panels which are thinner than traditional wood panels was key there too, I think.
So….would you do it? Could you handle lattice on your walls? 😬
Take the full tour of the mudroom featuring this lattice wall here!
Want more great accent wall ideas?
Washed Out Stripes Accent Wall – all you need is a sample pot of paint!
7 Wall Treatments that Aren’t Shiplap – for all of us who haven’t jumped on that train….
Black and White Gallery Wall Around the TV – makes your television disappear!
DIY Wood Panel Wainscoting – super cheap way to bring wood tones and architectural interest into your home!
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Mikki Gilmore says
When you started this project, you attached a few pictures where others had used lattice. I saw one where it had been used on the ceiling. That has completely inspired me for my craft room! We are slowly trying to remodel one of my grown son’s room into my craft room. I saw that ceiling and knew right then, this is IT!!! I absolutely love the idea of lattice on the ceiling! Thanks! Oh, and your mudroom is to die for! Absolutely stunning! XOXO
That is going to be gorgeous!! I love that idea myself and am just waiting for the perfect space to do it – perhaps at the farm one day!
Outstanding! Years ago, in a former house, we installed lattice on the ceiling of a small bathroom, painted it white and absolutely loved it.
Oh my gosh, I bet that was GORGEOUS! I would love to put in on a ceiling somewhere!!
Karolyn Love says
Jenna, I love the lattice wall!! Just so fresh and spring-like with the wallpaper design and colors….very, very pretty! As far as the naysayers on the cleaning of it, I love your answer…who cares and if it’s not for them, then don’t do it! But, I truly love the look and it’s vinyl…easy to clean anyway!! (If one’s heart desires!!) Beautiful end project!
Thanks, girl! To each his own, right?! haha!
I love everything about this room especially the wallpaper , fabric& reading nook. The lattice wall looks great alongside the wallpaper it really makes it pop. You are so talented Jenna.
Thank you so much, Shirley! ❤️
Susan the Farm Quilter says
Thanks for the walk-through on how to install lattice!! The only picture I missed was where you hid the lovely V where the two pieces of lattice met. You said what you did, but you didn’t show it, but I need to see it!!! People are crazy with the cleaning…of course, Swiffer to the rescue!!!
Of course, leave it to me to leave out that one image! I’ll snap a pic soon and put it in here! Sorry!
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am wanting to use it in my daughter’s nursey, but I want to paint both the wall and lattice the same color. Will I need to use an acrylic paint on the lattice? If so, can I use the same paint on the wall or would I need to match the acrylic to a latex?
For the lattice, I would definitely use a paint that will stick well to the vinyl if you’re using the vinyl lattice. Honestly, I’d be tempted to use spray paint on the lattice for ease and because spray paint sticks to just about anything.
Elle Ellinghaus says
This is absolutely stunning! I have been looking, hard, soooo hard, for anyone who has usd vinyl lattice indoors because I had this idea a couple months ago. Husband called me nuts…so on and so forth. Then I found this and I am SO excited to see it wont be a waste of money to try it! This is amazing!!!
leah bennett says
I absolutely love the idea of this lattice but I live in the UK and I’m really struggling to find any of the vinyl lattice you mentioned. I would love to do this for my nursery but in the absence of a home depot or Lowes I think I may be somewhat stuck 🙁 if you had any advice I’d be ever so grateful