You all know I am a huge fan of using millwork to add character to home. I am not going to say I feel as strongly about wallpaper, but I have been feeling really good about it recently.
I’m not talking about floral patterns or modern geometrics that date easily. I am talking about grasscloth wallpaper being used to add texture to a room or hall. We had grasscloth wallpaper in our family room when I was growing up and it is still in style today.
Here are a few examples where I have used grasscloth wallpaper to add texture and character to room…
This walk in pantry was made more special with a light paper that used woven material in white, a subtle silver, and some natural brown threads.
I think I would be motivated to keep this pantry looking great!
In this study, dark navy grasscloth makes this room a cozy, intimate space, despite the high ceilings.
Bathrooms can be a challenge to accessorize, but using wallpaper allows you the freedom not to feel like you have to hang art or décor on every wall in the room. In this room, I used a subtle, soft green to tie into the floor and shower tile.
I also recently used grasscloth wallpaper in my own home. I had a dark little back hall going to the guest bedrooms that was so drab.
Unfortunately, this is the only ‘before’ picture I have in my files. Guess there wasn’t too much worth taking a picture of! I had a piece of wall art on the opposite wall, so it seemed awkward to me to have art on the other side, just 4 feet away.
With the texture from the wallpaper, now the wall looks perfectly good with no additional adornment (I removed the painting from the opposite side).
Just a couple of things to think of before embarking on installing wallpaper:
1) Avoid anything too trendy- you don’t want to list your house and have people screaming about dated wallpaper having to be removed.
2) Your walls will need to be prepared before the paper is applied, especially if your walls have a texture on them (‘orange peel’). Many people are game to hang paper themselves. Not me, I think if you are doing it, it needs to look professional, so I would not skimp on the installation technique.
3) You will see vertical seams where each roll of wallpaper touches. It doesn’t bother me, but it may surprise you when you first see them if you aren’t expecting it. You can see this here:
I think the benefits far outweigh any other concerns. There are a lot of great photos on Pinterest if you want to see some more examples of grasscloth wallpaper in beautiful homes.
I’ve pinned a few to my board “Favorite Places & Spaces”- you can access it here:
Pinterest: Favorite Places & Spaces
Let me know what you think about using grasscloth wallpaper in various rooms through out the house!
I love grasscloth! I’m nervous to use it in our house though, because of the small wild people who also live here. Are there types that are more durable than others? I’m worried about snagging and grubby fingerprints.
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I love the navy blue grass cloth in the study. Any idea who makes it? Thanks.
Do you happen to know the manufacturer or model number of the grasscloth in the pantry photos? Wonderful texture. Just beautiful.
Hi Crystal- it has been awhile and I just can’t find it in my notes. I think it was from Schumacher, if not, then Phillip Jefferies. Sorry I can’t do more, but that will help you get started!
Love the owl prints- any information on them?
So sorry I missed your comment! The Owl pictures are very large- I think about 30″wx48″h. Quite dramatic. If that size range works for you and you want more information, feel free to email our shop: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Any chance you can share the name/ brand of the dark navy grasscloth?! Would really appreciate it!
It is a Phillip Jeffries wallpaper which can be ordered through our store. The style is “Juicy Jute Grasscloth – Navy Bean.” I hope that helps!
How are these pantry shelves being held up? This is perfect for my space.
Thank you for reaching out! They are custom built-ins. They are installed and secured wall to wall.