15 Modern Grasscloth Wallpapers for Fall

by Grace Bonney

I love a flat, shiny wallpaper as much as the next girl, but sometimes it’s nice to use wallpaper to add some texture to a room. Grasscloth often gets a bad rap as being a little too 70s, but I think when used in the right context, it can look modern and sophisticated and add just the right amount of warmth to a room. I didn’t know until recently, thanks to Better Homes & Gardens, that “grasscloth” is actually a catch-all term for a range of natural fiber papers made of everything fromĀ hemp and jute to reed and arrowroot. So today I rounded up 15 of my favorite textured grasscloth papers for anyone looking to add some texture and warmth to their walls this season. xo, graceĀ 

Geneva might be my favorite grasscloth I've seen yet. It's got all the cool geometric print I love in a modern paper, but the classic background of a textured grasscloth (this one is made of sisal).
I love this print, Albert's Cross in Nantucket, because this, to me, feels so different and fresh. Especially compared to some of the rougher styles of grasscloth that can feel a little like Tiki Hut decor. This periwinkle blue color is so sweet and soft.
This "Basketry" print from Holland & Sherry is part of their HUGELY impressive collection of printed grasscloth papers. They weave (no pun intended) together timeless grasscloth styles with gorgeous modern metallic prints so effortlessly.
Fitzrovia is a sisal paper that comes in cool blues and silvers. I love seeing examples of how grasscloth papers can feel cool and modern and not just warm and slightly retro.
This sisal paper has a nice mix of tan and silver that would look just as beautiful in fabric form. This is always the sort of print I'm looking for in upholstery -- something that looks both timeless and modern.
Conesus has a groovy pattern on top of classic tan sisal.
This Nishiki Diamond Weave straw wallpaper takes its cues from traditional African weaving and has such a beautiful, soft pattern.
Because not all grasscloth is tan, I love this raspberry colored hemp paper. It's a nice dose of rich berry pink.
Honeoye is a sisal paper with a flame chevron-style pattern. It comes in warmer yellow/gold hues, too.
Huron has a nice series of calligraphy-inspired swirls and embellishments on top of a deep chocolate brown sisal paper.
Twenty2 Design's Gingko print grasscloth was my first introduction to "modern" grasscloth design back in the early 2000s when I first started blogging. This style still feels just as fresh and classic at the same time.
Twenty2 also makes this great geometric print on grasscloth in a wide range of colors from green and blue to raspberry and a bright lime green.
This paper is called "Grass Roots" and has a nice rustic weave to it with threads of green woven through it. I love how bright that green is contrasted with the neutral grass material.
The silvery chain link pattern on this Phillip Jeffries grasscloth paper is so shiny and fun against the warm grasscloth backdrop.
Last but not least, this hemp wallpaper actually has rivets on it! I love the dark brown background and the shine you get from the gold detailing.

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  • Wow. I love these. We have actually had grasscloth in our apartment for years…the living room wall was accented with it when we moved in! Lately, I’ve been wanting to see if we could change it up. Seeing this made me think that instead of taking it down maybe I could try painting on it or even blockprinting it to make a new look…I love how it brings texture without looking heavyhanded.

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