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.
I think this lattice wall decor brings gorgeous dimension and interest to a space.
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.
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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