Decorating with burlap? YES! Burlap can be your best decorating friend! It’s downright cheap, can add tons of texture, brings a bit of unexpected warmth to a home and is so very versatile! Take a look at all the ways you can decorate your home using burlap.
This post is part of the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW SERIES. These series are like guidebooks and exhaustive resources on different decorating topics.
Today we are talking about BURLAP!
IT’S A CLASSIC
Burlap has earned its place in decor as a classic! But like all things, it can be overdone. No longer just for farmhouses and French vintage looks burlap has come a long way!
No longer a homespun look burlap can look perfectly comfortable next to silk and finer fabrics. As a matter of fact, burlap will help give a refined or formal look much needed juxtaposition!
Think of burlap as a way to add a big punch of texture to a room without being visually forward. OW
Used best in accents and small doses. So if you on the fence about using burlap in your home try adding one or two small accent pieces like burlap covered books or a burlap lampshade to your decor!
Burlap is a fabric you might not have considered for your home, but once you decorate with just one piece you will be hooked! It makes such a difference in how a room can look!
WHAT IS BURLAP
Burlap is a natural fiber made with the skin of the jute plant. It is also called hessian. Jute is one of the strongest and cheapest natural materials. Did you know that burlap is second to the most popular material made, cotton?
It is a coarse fabric that usually has a loose weave and is very textural. The downside to burlap is that it can have a distinctive smell that will fade over time and it sheds a bit.
Burlap has long been used by the world for clothing, for packaging, for gardening, and for furniture to name a few. In fact, jute was found to be part of the textiles used over 3,000 years ago!
BURLAP IN DECOR
Today, with the rise in popularity of Farmhouse and French Country styleS burlap has gained popularity too. This very inexpensive and durable fabric has been elevated to decor status!
But burlap has transcended those styles and now is used alongside the most elegant and the most modern styles too!
HOW TO DECORATE WITH BURLAP
Burlap has gained so much popularity it can be seen in furnishing and home decor accents.
Here are just a few ways to use burlap to decorate your home…
- chair pads
- bed skirts
- covered books
- table runners
I think burlap is best used in most homes in accent decor! A little bit of burlap goes a long way!
Think about adding burlap when a bit of texture is needed in a room. Balance it by using it a few places around a room.
By far my favorite way to use this textural fabric is in covered books. Covering books with burlap gives them a uniform look that looks beautiful in a bookshelf! They are also perfect for risers or tucked into other decor!
Covering books with burlap is an easy DIY. Even if you are not crafty you can do this! Make sure to MAKE BURLAP COVERED BOOKS.
OTHER EASY HOME DECOR DIY’S
Here are a few easy burlap diy’s! Burlap comes in so many pretty styles and colors! Check out your local fabric and craft store!
Here are some fun and easy burlap home decor projects you can make…
Burlap is so versatile, it can be used to MAKE A NO SEW FLOWER PILLOW
This burlap wreath is still one of my most popular posts! After all these years! I guess a burlap wreath is a classic too!
Or how about making something as easy as a burlap bow. This one is so so pretty and just as easy!
And here a more burlap decor easy diy’s…
- Mr. And Mrs. No Sew Burlap Pillows
- Burlap Covered Accent Balls
- Woven Burlap Table Runner
- Toile And Burlap Acorns
- Burlap Leaf Pillow
- Burlap Book Page Garland
- No-Sew Fun Burlap Tags
- Burlap Christmas Joy Banner
- No-Sew Architectural Wall Art
And one more favorite…
FRINGE BURLAP TABLE RUNNER. I made this runner in under 30 minutes! Instant texture!
MAKING BURLAP SOFT
Decorating with burlap does not have to be a rough and scratchy business! There are so many types to choose from.
One way to change the feel and look of burlap is to wash it. When burlap is washed it takes on a soft and lofty look. Similar to thick linen. So pretty!
What is your favorite way to use burlap in your home or garden?