Wallpaper is Back!
Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Wallpaper. Either you love it, or you hate it.
Most people assume wallpaper is an outdated trend better suited for their great grandmother’s dining room than for their modern homes. However, those same people might not realize how far wallpaper has come over the years.
A popular trend among homeowners these days is grasscloth wallpaper. Grasscloth has been around for many years, but it has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. It is on the high-end spectrum for wallpaper due to its unique characteristics.
Real grasscloth wallpaper is made from single strands of fiber, i.e., seagrass, hemp, bamboo, etc., with small threads of cotton binding each row together. Every bolt is hand dyed, creating color variations throughout the same bolt of wallpaper.
Many people select grasscloth to be used for an accent wall. The client featured in the slideshow below chose to have the wallpaper hung on a wall in her dining room and her living room. The grasscloth she chose added to the beachy theme that was being carried throughout the rest of the house.
The homeowner chose grasscloth because she had always liked that particular wallpaper style. She had friends previously install wallpaper that mimicked grasscloth, but she wanted the real thing.
Initially, the project started with just a living room wall being wallpapered, but the homeowner loved it so much she added it to a dining room wall.
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Keep in mind, grasscloth is not for everyone. It tends to be on the higher end of the budget scale and is extremely delicate. This wallpaper needs to be applied with a special adhesive. Unless you are willing to shell out for the extra time and money if you mess it up, my recommendation is to hire a professional (like Fears Construction)!
A distinct characteristic of grasscloth wallpaper is that it has visible seams. Make sure you look at plenty of example photos before you make your decision. No two bolts will be exactly alike, and it will be nearly impossible to create a perfectly cohesive pattern throughout the room.
Additionally, grasscloth wallpaper is not recommended for bathrooms as there will be too much moisture in the air and the adhesive will inevitably fail. When cleaning this wallpaper, stick with a light dusting. Like I said before, water is not a friend to this fragile fabric.
In addition to the wallpaper, our crew members painted the other walls of the living room, dining room, and the kitchen to create a cohesive flow from room to room.
The result is the ideal beach paradise in the middle of the Midwest!