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When you decide to renovate your home, you might be tempted to head to the design showroom and pick out all of your favorite things. Unfortunately, that shade of green you adore now might not be your favorite six months from now. I have spent a lot of time and money designing my own home, and I know how easy it can be to make a few expensive mistakes. That is one of the reasons I decided to create a website dedicated to helping other people make smarter design decisions. By reading these articles, you might be able to create a beautiful, luxurious space.


Paperweave Wall Coverings 101

If you desire a natural and unique wall covering for your home, look no further than paperweave. These highly textured wall coverings are attractive and timeless in their design.

What Is Paperweave?

Paperweave is sometimes referred to as grasscloth. It is an all-natural wall covering. It is made from woven papers, reeds, and grasses that have been hand-dyed in the color values desired. These materials are then mounted on a rice paper backing so that the wall covering can be installed in a fashion similar to wallpaper.

Each roll of paperweave is unique. Although every roll in the same design lot will be made of the same materials and dyes, natural variations in the process and in the absorbency of the materials means that no two rolls are exactly the same. If you opt for a striped weave, for example, the stripes may not line up exactly so your wall will have a paneled effect. It's important to remember that this is part of the charm of using paperweave on your walls.

Where Does Paperweave Work Best?

Not every room in the home is well-suited to paperweave wall coverings. Moisture is the main concern since the natural grasses in these products can mildew or mold from repeated exposure. For this reason, paperweave is rarely used in bathrooms, and it is also not recommended for use in kitchens. Any area with a lot of air moisture is best avoided.

The natural materials can also be more prone to sun fading compared to other types of wall coverings. Avoid using paperweave in areas with heavy sun exposure, such as on the back wall of a sunroom. Paperweave is best suited for interior dining rooms, living areas, and bedrooms.

How Can Paperweave Be Protected?

There are some issues that paperweave must be protected from. It can easily be torn or scratched up, particularly in homes with pets or small children. In this case, it makes sense to install wainscotting lower on the wall and paperweave higher up and out of the reach of the most common types of scratches, bangs, and bumps.

Corners often take the brunt of the damage, so it may also be desirable to protect corners with trim or clear corner guards. The wall covering can also be treated with sprays to seal against stains or odor absorption if this is a concern.

Contact a dealer of paperweave handmade wallcoverings for more help.