Fretwork is my new design crush. I’ts a geometric, intricate pattern that can be carved shallowly in thin wood, or it is also a design found in fabric and other home decor accents — like rugs, casegoods, tile, wallpaper and textiles. You can also order pre-made fretwork designs and add them to furniture!
I’ve rounded up 11 chic fretwork ideas for inspiration. Check them out … after the break!
Use O’verlays 1 of 11O'verlays are fretwork panels you can purchase in different designs, then add to existing pieces or projects for added architectural interest. I love this!!!
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Fretwork Mirror Designs 2 of 11These cool mirrors echo fretwork designs. You might find yourself inspired by this approach and try making similar designs with other materials.
Learn more at Grandin Road
Beautiful Fretwork Rug 3 of 11Again, fretwork doesn't have be actual fretwork -- it can be fretwork-inspired, like this lovely rug with a fretwork pattern.
Learn more at Home Decorators
Fretwork Trellis Pattern Pillow 4 of 11This talented designer has put an intricate trellis design on this pillow. What intricate designs can you think of?
Learn more at Koozi on Etsy
Walnut Fretwork Mirror 5 of 11This fretwork frame makes a dull round mirror a focal point for the room and adds detail, visual interest.
Learn more at Howchow
Fretwork Window 6 of 11Put a Fretwork Panel in front of awindow for a little privacy and design style! If you don't have a fretwork panel, imagine how you might stencil one on a sheer.
Learn more at Full House via Domino
Add a little Fretwork Pattern with this rug 7 of 11This rug, too, is fretwork-inspired, but it takes a slightly different, less bold approach. Note how the geometry echoes fretwork without having to pick up every possible line.
Learn more at Shades of Light
Fretwork on an Ikea Dresser 8 of 11I love Ikea. Its furniture can be like a blank canvas for making it your own -- and this talented designer has made a lovely fretwork design on the Ikea Malm dresser!
Learn more at Amanda Carol
Fretwork Pillows from Target 9 of 11These Fretwork Pillows from Target would go perfectly in a coastal bedroom I just created for my daughter. Adding pillows is an inexpensive way to try out a trend on the cheap!
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Fretwork Wallpaper 10 of 11This might not be something you want to do on your own! But this intricate fretwork wallpaper goes well with a cabinet or bookshelf to line the interior or back -- a whole wall of this would be cool but difficult to pull off without being too busy.
Learn more at Schumacher
Yellow Fretwork Door 11 of 11Fretwork can look embossed, too -- like on this plain door dressed up by color (yellow) and texture (fretwork).
Learn more at Little Green Notebook
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