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20 Living Rooms with the Textural Beauty of Grasscloth

In our quest for the right living room color and the perfect patterns to bring it alive, we often ignore another very important facet of interior design that can play a huge role in shaping a perfect home. Texture is as important as color in creating a beautifully balanced and exquisite living room. In fact, you can use just a couple of simple neutral shades, embrace a tone-on-tone approach and use just texture to design a dashing room! While we regularly turn to concrete, wood and creative furnishings to add texture to the room, grasscloth is another great choice.

Infuse the living room with some gray this fall 20 Living Rooms with the Textural Beauty of Grasscloth
Infuse the living room with some gray this fall [Design: Thom Filicia]

Grasscloth wallcoverings offer a versatile and organic way of adding both color and pattern to the living room without committing to any other major changes. If you are bored of those boring old walls in white, grasscloth promises to drape the room in texture and alter its ambiance with natural freshness. Perfect for modern interiors dominated by glass and stone, here are 20 captivating inspirations to get you hooked on grasscloth!

Color Your World!

For those who are unfamiliar with this diverse wall covering, grasscloth is woven from slender strips of natural fiber that generally varies from jute to hemp and even silk. Often, the fiber that is used to create the grasscloth will determine its price and the look that it brings to the living room. With consumers gravitating towards sustainable and nature-friendly products in the last few years, grasscloth has made a comeback of sorts. Add to it the revitalized popularity of wallpaper and wallcoverings, and it definitely is part of the current trend to embrace texture and pattern for visual contrast.

Living room colors inspired by the ocean 20 Living Rooms with the Textural Beauty of Grasscloth
Living room colors inspired by the ocean [From: Annie Santulli Designs]
Innovative use of orange in the living room [Design: Willey Design]
Innovative use of orange in the living room [Design: Willey Design]

Since grasscloth comes in a wide range of weaves, you can pick a pattern that you like to give the living room walls a glamorous upgrade. But it is not just texture that these ‘wall wonders’ offer. By picking a grasscloth in a vivacious color, one can easily create an accent wall without turning towards paint. But when using grasscloth in a bright color, make sure that you do not overwhelm the room and create a gaudy, intense space.

Exciting, eclectic living room in blue and yellow [Design: Scott Sanders]
Exciting, eclectic living room in blue and yellow [Design: Scott Sanders]
Cool grasscloth wallcovering in yellow for the living space [Design: Branca]
Cool grasscloth wallcovering in yellow for the living space [Design: Branca]
Wallcovering in light blue looks truly exceptional [Design: Herrick Design Group]
Wallcovering in light blue looks truly exceptional [Design: Herrick Design Group]
Gorgeous wallcovering is an easy way to transform the living room instantly [Design: Hudson Interior Design]
Gorgeous wallcovering is an easy way to transform the living room instantly [Design: Hudson Interior Design]

Classy and Neutral

Last week we talked about the revival of wallpaper, and one of the biggest reasons for this is the use of neutral hues and understated patterns by designers. Modern wallpapers like the Woods add pattern to the room without disturbing the existing color scheme. Grasscloth in neutral colors is similar in its effect and adds ‘understated texture’ without altering the color palette of the room. Be it trendy gray or simple beige, grasscloth brings excitement to the neutral background while firmly keeping away any color. This is arguably the biggest reason why both designers and homeowners are starting to fall in love with it!

Asian inspired living room has a tranquil, organic appeal [Design: Lori Levine Interiors]
Asian inspired living room has a tranquil, organic appeal [Design: Lori Levine Interiors]
Grasscloth backdrop lets the framed artwork standout beautifully [Design: Croma Design]
Grasscloth backdrop lets the framed artwork standout beautifully [Design: Croma Design]
Tan & cream grasscloth in living gives you a cool backdrop [Design: Amanda Austin Interiors]
Tan & cream grasscloth in living gives you a cool backdrop [Design: Amanda Austin Interiors]
Addition of grasscloth gives the room a cozy, intimate atmosphere [Design: Eminent Interior Design]
Addition of grasscloth gives the room a cozy, intimate atmosphere [Design: Eminent Interior Design]
Contemporary living room with a hint of green [Design: Erica George Dines Photography]
Contemporary living room with a hint of green [Design: Erica George Dines Photography]
Dashing living room with a midcentury modern flair [Design: Kenneth Brown Design]
Dashing living room with a midcentury modern flair [Design: Kenneth Brown Design]
Textured grasscloth gives the transitional room a serene ambiance [From: Croma Design]
Textured grasscloth gives the transitional room a serene ambiance [From: Croma Design]

A Touch of Texture

Does your budget not allow you to give your living room a grand textural makeover? Not a problem, as you can settle for smaller yet equally effective textural touches! Use grasscloth for the shelves in the living room to visually separate the space from the rest of the area. This is easier than covering an entire wall and obviously far less expensive. Others use this wall covering to bring a sense of coziness and inviting warmth to an already small living space. If you are in a particularly creative mood, you can even use smaller grasscloth squares in contrasting tones to fashion a brilliant checkered design.

Blue textured grasscloth for the living room bookshelf [Design: D2 Interieurs]
Blue textured grasscloth for the living room bookshelf [Design: D2 Interieurs]
Grasscloth wall acts as a cool room divider [Design: Gary Lee Partners]
Grasscloth wall acts as a cool room divider [Design: Gary Lee Partners]
Squares of grasscloth applied in a checkboard pattern [Design: Laurie Gorelick Interiors]
Squares of grasscloth applied in a checkboard pattern [Design: Laurie Gorelick Interiors]

While grasscloth gives any room an impressive new look, you still need to be careful about a few things. For starters, do not expect this natural material to have an even shade throughout, as there will be slight natural variations. Also, stay away from using grasscloth in a home with high humidity. In addition, make sure your walls are free of dents or imperfections before applying it. Just get these simple basics right and grasscloth will bring your living room walls alive!

Smart use of grasscloth for the living room shelves [Design: Rachel Oliver Design]
Smart use of grasscloth for the living room shelves [Design: Rachel Oliver Design]
Bamboo chairs add to the style of the grasscloth [Design: Burnham Design]
Bamboo chairs add to the style of the grasscloth [Design: Burnham Design]
Trendy use of grasscloth in bookshelves [Design: Westwood Cabinetry and Millwork]
Trendy use of grasscloth in bookshelves [Design: Westwood Cabinetry and Millwork]

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