The Return of Grasscloth
December 10, 2011
Nothing adds warmth and texture to a space like grasscloth wallpaper. Grasscloth is reemerging as the wall covering of choice for its timeless look and added character. Yeah, sure it got a bad wrap in the 1970’s (along with swivel chairs) but it’s back and more chic than ever. Available in a variety of colors and textures, grasscloth can be woven into many different looks and textures and can be cut into a variety of patterns… I like it hung horizontally for a modern look.
Check out this spread featured in House Beautiful. Modern and masculine, the grasscloth walls make the perfect backdrop for the sharp angular bed and the heavy fur blanket and rug. Funny that something could look as good with modern furniture as it does with say traditional wainscoting and Chippendale furniture. Grasscloth goes from beach house to city house, and looks good doing it. The best news? It’s not expensive. Well it can be, but don’t over pay because you really don’t have to get a great look.
This is the dining room of Elle Decor’s Editor. I love it mixed with the painted accent wall in the niche and the collection of seashells is the perfect. Natural accents to compliment the natural wall covering and the soft tonal color palette is restful allows the textures to catch the eye. I think I see a seagrass rug on the hardwood floors, a good choice here but be careful… too much of a good thing – woven textures, natural materials – is too much of a good thing. Counter balance the light absorbing textures with reflective finishes like mercury glass, burnished gold sconces or antiqued mirror.