If you’ve ever spent hours (days? weeks?) scraping off old and ugly wallpaper, you may be understandably hesitant to embrace its resurgence.
But wallpaper is undeniably back. It’s all over the design magazines, from bold patterns to metallics to full mural installations.
If you still aren’t sure, consider using wallpaper to add texture to a room that needs a little something. Grasscloth is an easy place to start. Though it fell out of favor 30 years ago, some people never stopped admiring the subtle and natural look of quality grasscloth.
In this living room, grasscloth lends a wonderful backdrop to furnishings and artwork that have an eclectic, collected feel.
Textured paper can add interest to built-in shelving. Here, a richly colored Seabrook grasscloth defines the bookshelves and piano wall of this living room.
Silk is another (usually more expensive) option. Wallpapers made of paper-backed silk fabric add significant glamor and a bit of texture to rooms that don’t receive a lot of traffic. Keep in mind that as with grasscloth, seams will show in silk wallpaper installations. Quality silk wallpaper generally is treated to be stain resistant; still, reserve it for rooms that don’t see a lot of sticky fingers.
In this dining room, the charcoal silk paper by Designtex adds a weighty counterbalance to the bright and bold art and fabric.
A bedroom is another ideal location for silk paper, here in a gauzy blue-grey from Phillip Jeffries.
Want to bring subtle texture to your walls but worried about durability? Many top wallpaper manufacturers offer faux silk and grasscloth wallpaper made of vinyl. This family room features a lovely – and scrubbable – vinyl faux silk wallcovering from Thibaut.
Grasscloth can look beautiful in the modern bathroom, but the material also is known to absorb humidity and odors. A vinyl faux grasscloth like Phillip Jeffries’ Vinyl Arrowroot can be an excellent substitute.
Whatever you choose, make sure your walls are clean, smooth and well prepared for your new paper. Often your installer will be able to do this for you as part of the installation process.