Stretching the Paper to Avoid a Pattern Mismatch / Color Shading in Grasscloth

Two things about this photo. First, you can easily see the color difference between the narrow panel on the left, and the one to its right. You can also see that the color of the grasscloth darkens 2/3 of the way down the middle strip.

This variation in color is normal – even expected – in grasscloth, and is called “shading,” or “paneling.” It’s referred to as the “inherent beauty of this natural product.” But, personally, I don’t care for it.

Read my informative page to the right, to learn more about grasscloth.

Another thing to note … this corner is the last corner in the room to be papered. Virtually always, this last corner ends in a pattern mis-match – which can jar the eyes. So I placed it up over the door, in the least conspicuous space I could find.

Indeed, since the distance between the motif on the final strip did not sync with that on the first strip, the pattern was going to end up with a floral stem being split in the corner, leaving half of the greenery visible and half cut off. I didn’t want any cut off flower stems.

So I “grew” the paper. The distance between the flowers was supposed to be 5″. I used some scraps of paper to cut a strip 3.5″ wide, and another 4″ wide. This gave me an expansion of 7.5″ – wide enough to bridge the final distance without cutting off any flowers, but not wide enough for the eye to detect that the spacing was not exactly as the artist originally plotted.

The pattern is “Acanthus” and the manufacturer is Schumacher.

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2 Responses to “Stretching the Paper to Avoid a Pattern Mismatch / Color Shading in Grasscloth”

  1. Louis Dacquisto Says:

    Sheet should have been cut evenly, measure wall and trim all sheets to equal evenly.

  2. thewallpaperlady Says:

    Thanks for reading my blog, Louis. You have a valid comment. With most plain grasscloths, trimming all the strips to the same width is a way to “balance” the wall and get a uniform look. However, this is Schumacher’s “Acanthus,” which has a foliage-like vertical stripe pattern (barely visible on the far right of the photo). So all strips have to be trimmed to the 34″ width the manufacturer specs, to keep the pattern spaced correctly. Also, it’s hard to tell in the photo, but this narrower strip butts into a corner over a door, which is a handily inconspicuous place to position a piece that is a little out of sync.

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