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Plotting A Wall With Grasscloth

February 9, 2014

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Digital ImageMost grasscloth comes 36″ wide. Because the material cannot be matched, all of the seams and strips are very noticeable. So rooms look better if the strips of grasscloth can be “balanced” on each wall. Meaning, they should be plotted and centered and sized to fit the space.

In addition, most grasscloth, including high-end brands like this Phillip Jeffries “Juicy Jute” pattern, have blotchiness at the edges, where the dye is not applied evenly. To get rid of this discoloration, an inch or more can be trimmed off the edges of each strip.

To balance the strips on a wall, the width of the space has to be measured, the center has to be located, and then a little math needs to be put to use, to figure how wide each strip should be to cover the space, hopefully landing either a seam or the center of a strip in the center of the wall.

Confusing? Well, trust me – it’s worth the effort and mental gymnastics to plot out how these panels will fall on the wall.

Also note the “shading” or “paneling” (difference in color) between strips. This is normal with grasscloth, and is not considered a defect. If you want grass cloth, be prepared to live with this look.