I recently spoke to 25 women at the Chattahoochee Plantation Women's Association and was answering design questions from the audience when someone asked what to do for her dining room that needed some texture and color if I didnt recomend window treatments for her.
She has plantation shutters, a wood table, chairs, and no room for art. Lots of wood can be boring in a room, so I always recommend using some form of texture. Which can be found in fabrics, rugs, accessories, lighting, and wallpaper.
I told her to use grasscloth wallpaper and watched everyone nod in agreement.
I love using grasscloth wallpaper in my design projects and the most common materials are arrowroot, raw jute, sisal, cork, hemp burlap, and reed, and java/triangle grass.
If you plan on hanging grasscloth you need to remember these 5 things:
One of my favorite wallpaper companies is Phillip Jeffries known as a leader in handcrafted wallpapers. An example can be seen below in a room designed by my friend, Cathy Rhodes, for the 2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorator's Showhouse. The wallpaper she used was Arches - Chocolate Brown on Ivory Manila Hemp.
I recently did 2 bathrooms using grasscloth wallpaper and what a difference adding grasscloth to the rooms. The wallpaper below is from Seabrook.
I want to share with you my current design project where I did a Botox Renovation on small powder room. I updated the bathroom with new tile, toilet, vanity, new beadboard wainscoting. And of course, navy grasscloth from Thibaut!!
See the difference of a minor makeover in the before and after shots below.
Are you thinking about adding grasscloth to a room?
If you want to make an impression or add texture to your room, think about using grasscloth wallpaper.
As my York wallpaper rep, Millard said to me last week at my office, "Paint is one note, wallpaper is a melody!"
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Robin LaMonte is the acclaimed interior designer behind her company, Rooms Revamped Interior Design based in Atlanta, Ga.