Grasscloth is a classic; a designer staple that is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. We love the variety of colors and textures available and it is a great tool for adding a layer of interest to a space, whether on the walls, ceiling or lacquered onto a piece of furniture. The term “grasscloth” is used to describe an entire group of wallcoverings constructed from natural materials on a rice paper backing. (You might see it by names like hemp, reed, arrowroot, jute, etc. While they have different looks, they all fall into the ‘grasscloth’ category.)

Some of our favorite grasscolths come from Phillip Jeffries and Thibaut:

phillip jeffries wallcovering via porterdesigncompany.com

Thibaut wallcovering via porterdesigncompany.com

…and we are quite smitten with these printed grasscloths from Celerie Kemble for F. Schumacher:

Celerie Kemble wallcovering via porterdesigncompany.com

Grasscloth has a distinctive look. High textured panels, in natural colors, brighter shades, printed or embellished all offer a different effect:

grasscloth wallcovering via porterdesigncompany.com

 (images sources, clockwise from top left: Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, House of Turquoise, Sarah Dorsey Designs)

It has impact in small doses. For instance, we love the clever use of grasscloth in this alcove:

photo wall via porterdesigncompany.com

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…and how it was used here to back a bookcase:

bookshelf via porterdesigncompany.com

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…and of course, applied and lacquered on furniture:

grasscloth furniture via porterdesigncompany.com

 (images sources, clockwise from top left: Bungalow 5, Candelabra, Williams Sonoma Home, 1stDibs)

Some important things to note about grasscloth:

It’s not supposed to get wet, so using it in a small bathroom that experiences high levels of humidity is not practical. You may also want to avoid using it in high traffic areas, as real grasscloth is not washable in any way. There are numerous faux grasscloths, however (and they are quite good looking!), that can stand in for the real thing in wet or high-traffic spaces.

There will be visible seams as it is impossible to match up the strands of grass. (This is called the ‘panel effect’). Embrace them. They are all part of the ‘look’ of grasscloth.

Because the base of grasscolth is rice paper, special pastes that do not stain are required for installation. We’d leave this job to the pros, but in the event you want to have a go, try searching for a tutorial or video online.

09/24

What We’re Loving: Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary Collection

Schumacher Iconic Leopard via porterdesigncompany.com

In celebration of it’s 125th anniversary, Schumacher has just released a line of fabrics in patterns collected from it’s archives. Founded in 1889, Schumacher has a wealth of amazing pattern and color to pull from. We personally think they picked some winners here. Here are a few of our faves….

We love using animal prints, […]

09/17

Get the Look: Blue and Coral Bedroom

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Today we are finding inspiration in this serene bedroom designed by Lee Ann Thornton. We are drawn to the mix of pale blue and coral and the eclectic mix of furniture; all contributing to the coastal vibe that we love.

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What we first noticed about this space […]

09/16

That blue!

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Researching content for the blog we can’t help but notice certain trends. This time it’ s a color. That blue that is not navy, not quite royal, kind of like cadet, but more cerulean; it’s our favorite blue at the moment and we keep bumping into it out there on the internet.

This space […]

09/12

Fashion Friday: Fashion Trends Influencing Interior Design

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At an art gallery opening last night I saw a woman in a beautiful, summery ikat printed dress and couldn’t help but think of the ikats we use for projects here at the studio. There is no question, fashion and interior design trends influence each other.  Here are some recent places where we’ve noticed the […]

09/10

#tbt: Toile Edition

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It’s #tbt (aka Throwback Thursday’) and today we are focused on another interior design-related throwback that is making a comeback.

toile: noun, \ˈtwäl\: an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen, or silk in one color on a light ground

Toile experienced huge popularity in the 90′s and today we’ve got some fresh takes […]

09/9

What We’re Loving: Lacquered Walls

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There is no question, lacquered walls are luxurious.  The process is labor-intensive and not inexpensive. Hours of labor go into wall prep, as the glossy paint finish will emphasize every bump and imperfection on the surface. When done correctly, however, the result is breathtaking.

Lacquered walls are a reflective and dramatic backdrop to the objects in a space, […]

09/8

Get The Look: Nursery Edition

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We’ve noticed that nursery design is trending towards a clean, simple aesthetic. Themed and juvenile rooms are being replaced with rooms that have thoughtful, sophisticated design elements. We see this trend clearly represented in this pared-down nursery space, designed by  Jessica Packard.

This room features a few of the trends we mentioned in our previous […]

09/4

#tbt: Chintz Edition

pyne hollyhock

In the tradition of #tbt (a.k.a Throwback Thursday) we’d like to feature an interior design trend that is making a comeback. Today our focus is on chintz.  It seems like all of our favorite lines are starting to carry chintzes again and we could not be happier. Rooted in tradition, floral chintzes, whether hollyhocks, rhododendrons, […]