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William Morris & the Trellis

William Morris originally printed the Trellis style wallpaper in 1864 in England. It was supposedly inspired by a trellis in his garden at Red House in Kent, England. An entire post will be dedicated to William Morris at a later point, as he in considered to be the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in England and the United States.His motto was “Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.

You can click here Historic Style to see more examples of his work or other beautiful historical wall papers.

The following two images of his papers are taken from the website of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Many attribute the early use of the trellis inside to Elise de Wolfe (see earlier post) at the Colony Club in 1905. 

How the Trellis pattern has become quite contemporary and updated. It is very popular these days. This is how great it looks in a front hallway in one of my NYC client’s summer home in Long Island. I love the green and there are many other great colors for the wallcovering and fabric. Kelly Wearstler designed this one for F.Schumacher 

Some designers have used the physical trellis inside as well, photos taken from SouthernAccents.com

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