Grass Cloth Wallcoverings

by J on January 13, 2010

Wallcoverings have been around for thousands of years. Wallpaper’s origins can actually be traced back to ancient China when as early as 200 B.C., the Chinese were gluing rice paper onto their walls and hand painting it. Since those days, wallpaper has evolved into many different forms and styles. Today’s homeowner has a dizzying array of wallpaper to choose from, including some natural fiber wallcoverings that can add a bit of the serene and exotic to your décor.

Grass cloth is one such natural fiber that makes a beautiful wallcovering. Grass cloth is made of a variety of woven fibers and is valued for its texture. It can have a fine or coarse feel and appearance, depending upon the material that is used to make it. The following materials are some of the ones commonly used in natural fiber wallcoverings.

*Arrowroot        *Bamboo            *Cattail                 *Hemp                 *Jute                     *Paper Weaves                                                *Reed                   *Rush                   *Seagrass            *Sisal                     *Stones

Using these natural fibers in your décor can bring a touch of outdoor serenity and tranquility inside your home, attributes that many of us need in our busy lives. Since this wallpaper is 3D, it is forgiving to wall imperfections and will easily cover small holes or rough patches on the walls. Grass cloth can also help absorb the noise of a busy household. In addition to all this, grass cloth is eco-friendly, so you can rest assured that your choice of wallpaper is healthy for the environment.

You may be wondering how grass cloth could possibly complement your design scheme in your home. One of the attributes of grass cloth is its versatility. It is available in a variety of colors as well as textures. When incorporating it into your home, choose to either contrast or complement what is already there. For example, if you want to use it to contrast, choose a more coarse wallpaper pattern and pair it with softer or silkier fabrics in the room. To use it to complement your décor, use other natural materials in the room such as leathers and rough-hewn wood to evoke a fresh, outdoorsy feeling. Grass cloth and other natural materials can actually work with a variety of styles such as modern, country and exotic/tropical.

You can also use grass cloth in other ways besides on the walls. Be creative and try it on cupboard doors or the ceiling, perhaps pairing it with a wall mural if you have a fun room you want to make over into a tropical retreat. If you need help with the wallcovering installation, be sure to call in an expert who will be able to help you get the look you’re after.

By following in the design steps that were established thousands of years ago, you can actually bring some fresh energy and style into your home today.

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