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Decorating trends: Grasscloth

Design editor Christine Hanlon shows you how to use today's glam grasscloth to give your rooms polish and panache.

A decorator staple in the '60s and '70s, grasscloth is enjoying a big comeback, with fresh designs being used in exciting new ways.

What is it?
A wallcovering made of woven plant fibres.

Where do you use it?
I count on grasscloth to provide a decorating element that defines a space. It works in both casual and formal living areas in traditional or contemporary interiors. Tip: Not the best choice for moist areas.

Why use it?
Grasscloth lends natural texture to a room and can add a jolt of juicy colour or bold pattern.

How do you install it?
Typically not pre-pasted, and wider than other wallcoverings, grasscloth can be difficult to manage when hanging. For large areas, I recommend hiring a pro. If you're an intrepid DIYer, go for it in smaller applications.

Who's using it?

Some of my favourite designers, like Jamie Drake, Mary McDonald and Windsor Smith.

1 The look Modern rustic
Why grasscloth works Today's designs epitomize the use of traditional materials in new ways -- like this metallic paper, which makes a salvage-glam statement when combined with raw wood.

Image courtesy of Crezana Design



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