Meet The Material: Grasscloth

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Grasscloth is experiencing something of a revival as ideas such as the slow home movement have begun to reshape the way we look at the use and design of our homes. Last popular back in the 1970s, with the expanded choices of colors, patterns and weave available now, grasscloth is a natural decorative material. It can add great warmth and style to homes of varying décor. And now creative DIYers have gotten into the act. They’re pasting grasscloth onto bookcases, nightstands, mirrors and all sorts of other places in the home.

 

Grasscloth wallpaper from National Geographic

Grasscloth Wallpaper from National Geographic

What is grasscloth? Grasscloth is an interwoven fabric of natural grasses and fibers, such as bamboo, sea grass, arrowroot, rush cloth or jute that are glued to paper or fabric. Though grasscloth comes in many varieties, the most are single strands of sea grass held together by a thin cotton thread.

What are some of the cool properties of grasscloth? It’s eco-friendly, renewable, and since most are constructed from natural fibers, grasscloths are usually 100 percent recyclable. As a decorative medium, grasscloth is also quite functional. When applied to walls or ceilings, it absorbs noise and helps to hide any surface imperfections.

How is grasscloth used? It’s typically used as a wall covering. You may also encounter it being used to make tablecloths, place mats or even rugs.

What can you use grasscloth for? In addition to wallpapering a wall or ceiling, consider experimenting with grasscloth in other areas of your home. You can use scrap pieces of grasscloth to give added texture to a tabletop or serving tray, to jazz up a switch plate cover or to make an alcove in your home a little more inviting.

Read on and you may find yourself inspired to use grasscloth in ways you would never have imagined.

 

Image of a Brightly Colored Grasscloth Ceiling

Image from COCOCOZY via Christian Murphy Interiors

 

Adding grasscloth to the fifth wall of your home will take it to stunning new heights. Notice how the vivid grasscloth application used on the ceiling by Christian of Christian Murphy Interiors makes all the other elements in the room stand out, from the retro modern lighting to graphic patterned chair and espresso wood flooring.

 

 

When you see wainscoting in a home, it’s typically beadboard or panels made from moulding. Here, designer Gabriel Hendifar shows you how the inherent warmth, texture and natural beauty of grasscloth can give a room heightened presence.

 

 

Using vertical stripes on a wall is a clever trick used by many interior decorators to make small rooms appear larger. The folks at Beach Chic Design wrapped planks of wood in metallic grasscloth to give this bedroom a more expansive feel and create a stunning backdrop for the luxurious gold pendants

Take a look at the wide selection of grasscloth wallpaper available from The Home Depot.

Meet the Material is a series designed to introduce you to some of the everyday goods sold at The Home Depot. Is there a material you’d like to know more about? Just let us know in the comments!

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