Using Grasscloth and Natural Wallcovering for Eco-Friendly Decor

 

Our homes are one of our primary outlets for self-expression. Whether we are entertaining guests or simply welcoming friends and family, our home decor says a lot about who we are and the type of atmosphere that we wish to present. For those with eco-friendly or earth-based style preferences, finding wallcoverings which project your personal style can sometimes present a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of grasscloth and natural wallcovering options which will flatter any living space while complementing your home’s existing eco-friendly style.

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In case you are unfamiliar with these products, grasscloth wallpaper is a type of wall covering which is created by weaving dried grasses together and affixing them to a paper backing. Based upon the types of grasses used, it comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and with textures varying from fine to coarse. Because it is crafted from sustainable, natural materials, grasscloth wallpaper is considered an environmentally-friendly option for both homes and commercial spaces.

Note, however, that there are some factors that you should consider when choosing grasscloth wallpaper. The first is that because this is a natural product, it varies in color and pattern. That means you will not be able to perfectly match the rolls to one another. The result is visible seams which can be disconcerting to those who are used to flawless wallpaper patterns. Also, note that you should not use grasscloth or other natural wallpaper in smaller bathrooms or any space in which humidity might be a problem.

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Most varieties of grasscloth wallpaper feature a single piece of seagrass held in place by a thin cotton thread, which is attached to the paper backing via a light adhesive. This means that grasscloth wallpaper is susceptible to damage if placed in a high traffic area. While grasscloth makes a lovely wallcovering choice for many homes, you should consider your space itself before making the grasscloth choice.

For spaces in your home for which grasscloth simply is not well-suited, there are a great number of designer wallpaper options from which you can choose. Options vary from vintage to modern styles, and textured options provide a great way to add depth to any living space. Choose a simple floral pattern or a unique color scheme to suit your home’s decor. Best of all, most wallpapers are suitable for any room, and provide a beautiful alternative to natural wallcoverings in the high-traffic and potentially humid parts of your home.

grasscloth_wall_designWhether you choose a grasscloth or other natural wallcoverings, you should take your time in making your selections. Unlike artwork, mirrors or other decor items, wallpaper of any kind is not easily interchangeable. Therefore, you should choose a pattern which does not overpower your space and can accommodate a variety of decor pieces should your preferences change over time. With a respectable time investment, you are sure to find something which will bring beauty to your home while showing off your personal style.

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By |September 24th, 2016|Design, Fixtures, Modern design, Products, Surfaces, Tips|0 Comments

Make Your Furniture Mock an Antique With These 7 Pro Tips!

Introduction: Distress Technique       

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In the earlier times, if furniture was distressed, it indicated that those were there for generations and majority of the paint had faded due to nicks by too many movements or rubbing by hands for years. Nowadays, the distressed look has emerged as a desired option as may believe that it adds to the style and character of various types of décor. Surprisingly, the techniques are quite simple. Let’s have a look at the most sought after techniques to distress your furniture.

  • Wet-distressing technique: This technique allows you to develop a ‘natural’ looking worn off effect.
  • Dry-distressing technique: This is ideal for using when you want to uncover the actual wood layer and using only one color.
  • The ‘Resist’ technique: This highly simple technique helps you give your furniture a chippy paint look.

Distressing technique using Vinegar

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If you want a rustic, beat up look of your furniture, using vinegar is a simple way to achieve the goal. First, dust off the furniture with a damp, clean cloth and then paint it with your preferred color. You can make a couple of coats based on the paint’s quality and the darkness of your furniture. When the paint has thoroughly dried, pour vinegar (either apple cider or distilled vinegar) and small amount of water in a spray bottle and spray it onto the piece. Withdraw some of the paint by wiping down the piece with a white, clean cloth and you’re done.

Distressing technique using Vaseline

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With some materials easily available at home like Vaseline, damp cloth, paint and brush, you can give your furniture the much sought-after aged look. Before you paint the final color, add a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) over the areas you want to have a natural worn look. You’ll need to apply a foundation coat either in stain or diverse color. Once you’re done with the painting, allow it to dry slightly and then rub over the desired areas with a damp cloth.

Distressing furniture with chalk paint

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For this distressing technique, you just need two main supplies – chalk paint and soft wax. Apply two coats of contrasting colors as the first and second coats. You can use a dark color as an undercoat and a light colored thinner coat, if you want the former to be visible after distressing the furniture. After the paint has dried, polish the finished areas with sandpaper. Now take the soft wax and start to apply it on the areas where you want it to be distressed. If you want to attain optimum amount of distressing, you can scuff the other areas as well.

Distressing technique using wax

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First, you’ll need some natural wax and dark paint and blend the paint into the wax. Then brush on with a rag or any type of brush. Remember to work in small areas and allow the wax not to get too dry. Rub the wax and quickly wipe off the excess part. If you want to remove more of the wax, try doing it with a clean cloth.

Distressing technique using paint

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In this technique, first you’ve to hand sand the piece to eliminate the sanding dust. Then cover the areas of the furniture that you don’t want to be painted. Apply primer, before doing the top coat of paint, and allow it to be completely dry and finally, paint your main color. If you want a glazing finish, you can use one of the many available things including acrylic paint, wood stain and faux finish glazes.

Distressing technique using sand paper

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This technique is just what it sounds. Depending on how antique you want your piece to look, you’ve to be careful with the sanding. Generally, you should sand away majority of areas leaving some untouched. This’ll allow the old finish to be viewed unevenly, which will enhance the weathered look of the final piece. Finally, clean the entire piece with a tack rag to eliminate any dust generated from the sanding process.

Conclusion

Distressed furniture provides an image of rustic, worn and rugged look. This look can add warmth and beauty to any home. Additionally, furniture with a sense of antiqueness and age works fine with almost any interior design scheme. All of the above techniques are quite simple and handy, which can be applied with some simple available-at-home supplies. What’s more! Most of distressing techniques are part of DIY projects so you don’t even need the help of professionals.

Author Bio
Nicholes Ammons is an editor and is working in Furniture industry for quite some time. He is currently associated with Austin Furniture Repair and is seen contributing on their blog too. Having worked in this field he has gathered enough experience and knowledge about the field and loves sharing it with others. His love for home interiors and writing has contributed well to make him an editor for the furniture world.

By |September 20th, 2016|Furniture, Tips|0 Comments

Sofa Beds for Tight Spaces

Sofa beds aren’t what they used to be. Now there’s really good quality sofa beds to choose from, ranging from wide variety of styles, comfort and budget.

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If space is an issue, sofa beds are a great addition to your household, offering adaptability and flexibility. You can use them in any room and today’s sofa beds are far more comfortable than the ones you slept as a youngster. However, as with anything in life, there are a few things you need to know before taking the plunge. Here are six vital points to consider when buying a sofa bed.

The Mattress is Critical

Sofa beds come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important feature is the mattress. A good mattress can add a little extra to the retail price of the sofa bed, of course. But they will also last for years and keep your guests comfy whether they are sitting or sleeping. If the foam mattresses that are available these days are a little out of your price range, consider buying a topper. They will add that little extra layer of comfort and are a lot more affordable. There are also some huge health benefits from using the right mattress.

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Decide on Your Frame

Hardwood frames are thought to be one of the best materials for sofa beds – particularly kiln-dried hardwood. It makes for a durable, more comfortable sofa that will last for many years.

Measure It!

Don’t make the mistake of buying a sofa bed without taking measurements first. Don’t forget that the bed will extend when you use it – you might be surprised at the amount of people who make this mistake! You will need to keep your sofa bed in a reasonably clear area. You don’t want to be moving hundreds of objects out of the way every time a friend stays over.

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They are Perfect for Saving Space

Your sofa bed can also save you a lot of space, so make sure you are taking advantage. It’s especially the case if you live in a small home or are furnishing a tiny room. Not all of us are blessed with enormous homes, and many people don’t have space for a guest room. But with a small, compact sofa bed you still have options when it comes to having guests over. However, be aware that the bigger hardwood beds can sometimes take up as much space as a standard sofa or single bed!

Always Check the Mechanisms

You have to be comfortable with using the folding mechanisms of your sofa bed. Some can be tricky to operate; others can have sharp edges that cause issues with your sheets when you are making your bed. Make sure that you try out your bed to get to know it, and find out if it is suitable for you. The best beds are easy to operate, and anyone can put them up in a few seconds. You should look for a very smooth mechanism if you don’t want to suffer frustrations in the future.

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Make Sure You are Comfortable With the Weight

High-quality sofa beds can be heavy, due to mattress thickness and the use of sturdy materials to make them. It can cause problems with people that aren’t strong enough to operate them. It also might be an issue when it comes to getting your sofa bed up a flight of stairs. Make sure you are strong enough to operate your bed before making your purchase – or you’ll never get to enjoy using it!

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Author Bio
Kevin sleeps and breathes interior design. He first got into interior design when he moved into a tiny city flat and needed to research creative ways of living in a functional area whilst space was a premium. Interior design and space saving is now a passion.

By |September 6th, 2016|Furniture, Products|1 Comment

Furniture Can be Fun to Assemble and Take Apart

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People that move from place to place often either have to rent already furnished apartments, or they rely on flap pack furniture, which is inexpensive and easy to assemble. However, even IKEA furniture turns rickety, if you try to disassemble and reassemble it one too many times. That’s why it’s always nice to see alternatives, which were built with frequent disassembling in mind, such as this line of modular furniture designed by UK-based Sam Wrigley. The furniture line is called CRISSCROSS and consists of flat pack cupboards, wardrobes and desks. Sam is a recent graduate, and his main goal in creating it was providing furniture, which would be easy to pack up and take with you when you’re moving. (more…)

By |August 23rd, 2016|Furniture|0 Comments

Gorgeous Furniture Made From Fallen Tree Branches

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There are a lot of ways to get “back to nature” some of which are readily apparent, while others are more unique. The beautiful furniture pieces made by Sebastian Errazuriz, a NYC-based designer from Chile, certainly fall into the latter category. He uses fallen tree branches to make bookshelves, tables, and more, while the idea behind his work is to recycle the wood in its natural shape, rather than processing it into some new and unrecognizable form. (more…)

By |May 17th, 2016|Furniture|0 Comments

Books Turned Into Chairs

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Bookniture is a book, which can be transformed into a chair. It was created by Mike Mak, a designer from Hong Kong and has already been successfully funded through Kickstarter. Folded up it looks like a book, but it unfolds to create a three-dimensional support for a seat, side table, coffee table or a worktable, when two are stacked one on top of the other. It would certainly make a great addition to any tiny home and is without a doubt one of the most innovative furniture ideas.

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By |March 4th, 2015|Furniture|0 Comments