Some love it. Some hate it. Very few have no opinion at all. Talking about burlap is like discussing politics or religion… most of us have strong opinions about the virtues of BURLAP! It’s my humble opinion that burlap is here to stay. It’s the new classic. So let’s embrace it… gently… and use it to embellish our homes. We don’t have to cover our walls with it, but a little accessorizing with burlap can update and breathe a little new trendy life into a room!
Burlap is a fabric woven from the skin of the jute plant or sisal fibers. It has a rough texture and a distinct odor, so it does not make a great fabric for any decor that will come in constant contact with our skin and clothes. But it is very inexpensive and simple and has a wonderful hand, so it’s perfect for home decor accents!
Burlap can be very rustic or upscaled to something quite elegant! Because of it’s versatility, it’s become a decorator’s favorite go-to fabric!
Here are some helpful tips when using burlap in our decor!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Because burlap is a very straightforward, simple fabric… it is what it is… burlap works best in accent decor. Yes, you can cover a chair or a sofa but it really shines in a more supportive decorating role.
BURLAP TABLE RUNNER
An great way to ease into the land of burlap is to use it as a table runner! It makes a fabulous, neutral base when we want to layer on top of it! I like to choose a stiffer burlap that does not shed too much for table runners.
Make your own woven burlap table runner using wired burlap ribbon. It’s easy and sheds less than than using burlap from the bolt. You will love how it adds texture and interest to your decor! See how to make a WOVEN BURLAP RUNNER, HERE.
Burlap pillows can add a great trendy element to our decor. I adore pillows… and burlap pillows top the list! Yes, they can be a tad rough, but mostly they play so nicely with almost any decor. And why? Because they can be up or downscaled to suite the season, our decor and our mood!
Burlap comes in so many different colors and patterns, like the burlap flower on the pillow below. So if you are not a fan of simple plain burlap try something more colorful and refined!
Try at least one burlap accent pillow! I bet you will love it!