{friday finds: the seamy side of grasscloth}

You have found the perfect grasscloth for your dining room. You’re ready to order, but first ask yourself if you’re able to embrace the idiosyncrasies of these natural beauties.

With grasscloth, natural or dyed, you will see seams when the paper is up on the wall. If the paneled effect bothers you then grasscloth is not for you. As we like to say in the business, “That’s the inherent beauty of grasscloth.” You won’t have as many seams with grasscloth, because it is 36″ wide compared to 20 1/2″ or 27″ wide standard wallpaper. Grasscloth is a natural fiber and there can be shading variations from roll to roll, even if it is dyed, you will see color variations.

With that being said, grasscloth is timeless and has been a favorite of designers for years. It brings another layer of texture, color, warmth, and in some cases, another pattern to a room. Grasscloth can be the rock star of a room or the back-up singer, the decision is up to you.

What are your feelings on grasscloth? Have you used it in your home? Do you prefer a natural color or a dyed version?

All papers are available at Hirshfield’s.

1. Palmer Weiss
2. Phillip Jeffries
3. Amanda Nisbet
4. House of Turquoise
5. Thibaut
6. Thibaut
7. Bryn Alexandra
8. House of Turquoise
9. Phillip Jeffries
10. House of Turquoise

{grasscloth wallcoverings}

Looking to add some warmth and texture to your space but not ready to commit to an intense wallpaper pattern? Grasscloth is reemerging as the wallcovering of choice for its timeless look and added character. Grasscloth has actually been around for millennia — its most popular period in recent history was the seventies.

Available in a variety of colors and textures, grasscloth can be woven into just about any design aesthetic. Additionally, grasscloth gives you the option to create your own patterns and designs, as this photo from Hirshfield’s Design Resource illustrates.

By simply cutting the grasscloth wallcoverings into the shapes and sizes you desire, you can create a truly unique, never to be duplicated design. Grasscloth is also eco-friendly, since it is prodouced from natural elements—reeds, grasses, bamboos, etc.

Sustainably sourced, ever-popular grasscloth is now printed with dramatic designs – large-scale florals, damasks, scrolls – and available in a delicious range of colors, significantly broadening its versatility.

Odi et Amo also offers some great grasscloth design inspiration on her blog. If these images don’t leave you feeling inspired, I don’t know what will!

The beauty and benefits of natural fiber wallcoverings:

  • Grasscloth brings a natural, serene effect to your room, bringing a bit of nature indoors
  • Absorbs noise and adds texture
  • Heavier wallcoverings such as grasscloth, fibers and fabric will cover any slight imperfections in walls
  • Grasscloth & natural fiber wallcoverings are environmentally friendly
  • Depending on your decor grasscloth and natural fiber wallpapers can lend an exciting backdrop to modern, country or tropical decor
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