Grasscloth has an intense level of beauty and depth that few other home decor elements can match.It is a specialty item that packs a lot of punch.
The framework of all-natural materials distinguishes grasscloth from other types of wallpaper.The most common materials are arrow root, raw Jute, cork, hemp, and reed.
These materials are usually woven together through a complicated process using thin cotton threads and sea grass strands, both of which are fastened to a lightweight backing, usually rice paper.It is not recommended that you use the material in a high traffic area because it is very lightweight and delicate.
The interest in real grasscloth has gone up over the past year.The long and tedious process of hand-weaving natural plant fibers together produces an unforgettable product, unlike the grassy smell and texture it produces.It is becoming the high end for many different designers.
It is not possible to match one piece of grasscloth to another.The finished product is so beautiful because of the slight variations of color that are inherent in natural materials.It is not designed to be matched, so don’t worry, grasscloth will not be uniform in color.
Standard wallpaper has different dimensions due to the sheets being wider.A roll of grasscloth is 36 inches wide and 24 feet long.The standard double roll width is 27 inches and 21 inches.
Grasscloth is not prepasted like other standard wallcoverings.Specialty wallpaper glue is required to get it to stick to your walls.If you want to hang your wallpaper, you shouldprime your walls first.Shellac or any wallpaper primer is fine.It will hang for quite some time if you do this step.
There are two different ways to hang wallpaper and grasscloth.Natural grasscloth wallpaper can cost anywhere from $50 to $250 per roll.If you don’t know what you’re doing, hire an experienced paperhanger to hang your grasscloth.
Our company used to tell our installers to soak the grasscloth in water so that it would expand before they hung it.If they didn’t, condensation from the wall and glue would cause air bubbles to pop upThe chance of a tear in the paper or a sloppy installation increases when the grasscloth is smoothed out and re-adjusted.
The glue on the front of the wallpaper isn’t a big deal.The only thing you have to do is wipe it off.The same cannot be said of grasscloth.You don’t want glue to get on the face of your paper because it is not pre-pasted.There will be a visible mark from the glue despite most attempts to wipe it off.
The solution to this problem is not to wet the grasscloth.Put the glue on the wall first.Slowly angle your grasscloth to the position you want it to be.There are significant lessons to be learned from the chance of any glue getting on the grasscloth.
If you have a bathroom that does not remove humidity well, we wouldn’t recommend installing grasscloth in it.You should not hang grasscloth next to the toilet bowl.The grasscloth is absorbent and cannot be washed with a regular bathroom cleaner.Flying water and late night sicknesses will make it difficult to get out.Most modern homes come with fans and vents in the bathroom that are specifically designed to remove excess water from the area before it becomes a problem.
You can hang natural grasscloth on your walls.It is more expensive to buy, harder to install, and more complicated to maintain.There are vinyl faux patterns on the market for people who want the look of real grasscloth but not the hassle.
Every single year, wallpaper manufacturers are getting better at making these fakes look real.If that is a sticking point for you, you can find a better print that cuts down on that look.Modern printers would not have been able to achieve realism in the past.
Some of the faux grasscloth patterns from certain designer collections are made so detailed with the design, color, and texture that you can barely tell it is not real.We recommend faux grasscloth for high traffic areas, homes with small children, and showers that don’t have exhaust fans.