Posts Tagged ‘spa’

(Mostly) Nice Faux Grasscloth

January 10, 2021

Even though it’s quite popular right now, I am not fond of real grasscloth, for many reasons. See my page to the right. Or click here https://wallpaperlady.wordpress.com/grasscloth-a-general-info-pack/

So I’m always happy when clients take my advice to consider other options. These homeowners chose a faux grasscloth with an embossed texture (that mimics the tactile appeal of the real stuff), a pattern that can be matched (eliminating jarringly visible seams), on a non-woven substrate (easier install / easier removal when it’s time to redecorate), with a surface that is resistant to stains (as opposed to real grass, which can be stained easily by toiletries, cleaning agents, or even plain water), and, because it’s man-made, greater assurance of homogeneous color – effectively eliminating the woes of paneling and shading and other color variations between and even within strips.

I was pleased with most aspects of this product. For some reason, my camera made the texture look zig-zaggy, but in real life, it really did mimic real grasscloth. The close-up photo gives you a good idea.

One thing that surprised me – and disappointed me – is that, even though this is a man-made material controlled by factory standards, there ended up being a slight color difference between the right and left side of each strip. Look at the fifth photo, particularly the top, and you will see what I’m talking about.

Since this is made in a factory using inks that are mixed at the same time, poured into the printer at the same time, and applied to the wallpaper at the same time, I really don’t understand how the material can have this color variation. Especially since virtually all of the products I have hung by Brewster have been very consistent in color.

In this case, the color variation was fairly minor, was less noticeable when I removed my 100 watt work light, and pretty much reflects what real grasscloth looks like, anyway. The homeowners were fine with it.

The wallpaper is by Exclusive Wallcoverings, which is made by Brewster. It is on a non-woven substrate, and can be hung via the paste-the-wall or paste-the-paper methods. The home is in the Memorial / Beltway 8 / Briarpark area of west Houston. I hung this in a guest bathroom.

I would call the home’s style as contemporary / industrial. This faux grasscloth really softened the room. The horizontal lines in the wallpaper complimented the lines in the shower’s tile. The overall look went from cold and commercial to soft, inviting, and almost spa-like.

Companion Wallpapers in a Two-Room Bath

January 15, 2016

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This is a master bathroom in Bellaire that had just been completely renovated. The homeowner wanted a serene spa look. When I first consulted with her, she was pretty set on a very plain, cream colored paper that almost matched the countertops and floor. I told her I thought it was too inert. I suggested something with a soft pattern, to fill the space on her 10.5′ high walls. And I told her that a little stronger color would add definition by standing out just a little, against the tile and woodwork.

I also mentioned that it’s more interesting to use different – but complimentary – patterns in the main room and the potty room.

She considered my points, went to my suggested source for wallpaper, and came home with this. BINGO! What a wonderful choice!

The palm leaves are soft and earthy, lending to the spa feel, and are the perfect scale to fill the high walls. The color goes nicely with the stone in the room, and it stands out just enough to give the room definition. The companion bamboo pattern went in the toilet room. In the last photo, you can just barely see how the two patterns work together.

Both these papers are by Anderson Prints, by EcoChic, and were a positive delight to work with. And they are paper, not vinyl, so the homeowners do not need to worry about humidity causing the seams to curl.

This wallpaper 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.

More Foresty-Looking Wallpaper

May 15, 2015

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These tree patterns are really popular. I did one just a week or two ago. I like this one a lot, and find it well-suited for a guest bathroom. The tan/cream/silver/grey color scheme and the nature feel of the trees are soothing, and helps the space feel spa-like.

This wallpaper pattern is by Designer Wallpapers, and I hung it in the guest bathroom of a new home in the Galleria area of Houston.