Grass Cloth Wallpaper is back - Here's what you MUST know!

October 30, 2017

Grass cloth wallpaper has been around for decades. It has always come in different styles, thicknesses and textures. Here are some tips and advice on what to expect from grass cloth.

 

First of all, you can't get the front of it wet. I have a lot of clients who want to put this in a bathroom or a kitchen. Although it may look really good in a magazine or in a wallpaper book that features it in a bathroom, that is not reality. "But we don't use the powder room that much, why not in there?" Here's why: you can't police everything that happens in your powder room. People tend to shake their hands off after washing their hands before reaching for a towel, thus staining the paper with water spots. This tends to keep on happening until the paper needs replacing. And let's not forget to mention 7 year old boys who think they can "Make it from here." That all being said, you can't just replace one sheet of paper that is stained because you will get the sheet next to it wet when you are stripping it. And so on and so on until you need to replace the whole room. Grease from a kitchen will do the same thing. So, my recommendation is to not put grass cloth papers in these rooms. 

 

Here are some different types of grass cloth: This is a sisal grass cloth. It has a very fine weave. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This a a more standard weave with obvious natural fibers going horizontally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok. So here is the trick with this. YOU WILL SEE EVERY SEAM! That is the beauty and uniqueness of this natural fiber. Usually, the more expensive the product, the more you will see the seams!

 

It depends on your taste, some people don't want to see every panel of wallpaper and some people can appreciate it for what it is. So, what I usually do is to find the center of the wall and hang it symmetrically. It looks better because you don't just have a thin section on the end of the wall. That looks like no thought or planning took place at all. You will have to look at this for years to come and it is a timeless and beautiful product, so I make it look like a work of art by hanging it correctly. If you really don't like seeing the seams at all, then most grass clothes are not for you.  This can be a classy and expensive look if done right.

 

I will leave you with these last photos of a room I did with black silk grass cloth. I centered every piece with the beams because I did the ceiling too and I made the seams continue down the wall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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