Soft Faux Grasscloth for Backdrop in Family Room and Family Photo Wall

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Happily, the owners of this new home in the Houston Heights listened to my lecture about variations of color in natural grasscloth, and instead chose this paper knock-off.

The paper does not have texture, but it looks like it does, and the whole wall dissolves into a muted, serene, almost tactual backdrop for the large flat-screen TV that will cover most of the wall. On the other wall, the paper will be a background for family photos.

The wallpaper had a pattern match, but, interestingly, the match was off a bit, matching at the top of the strip, then 6″ down it would not line up, but 6″ further down, the pattern match was spot-on. When there is a pattern match, you hang strips next to each other, so the pattern on one strip can be lined up with the pattern on the next strip.

But when I hung this material as instructed, there was color paneling. Meaning, a noticeable difference in color between one strip and the one right next to it. This is pretty common in natural materials like real grasscloth, but I didn’t expect it with this manufactured product.

Yet, there it was – and the solution was fairly simple. I reversed every other strip, hanging one right-side-up and the next strip upside-down. That way, the edge of each strip of wallpaper is placed next to itself, which pretty much eliminates color variations.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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