GREAT WAYS TO USE BURLAP IN HOME DECOR

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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!

USING BURLAP IN HOME DECOR-Burlap is a classic and here to stay. Here are some helpful tips for decorating with it.-stonegableblog.com

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

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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

USING BURLAP IN HOME DECOR-Burlap is a classic and here to stay. Here are some helpful tips for decorating with it.-stonegableblog.com

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

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BURLAP PILLOWS

USING BURLAP IN HOME DECOR-Burlap is a classic and here to stay. Here are some helpful tips for decorating with it.-stonegableblog.com

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!

To learn how to make this NO SEW BURLAP FLOWER PILLOW, click HERE.

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Try at least one burlap accent pillow! I bet you will love it!

BURLAP CURTAINS

Burlap is a perfect fabric for curtains. They hang well and are light filtering! And burlap curtains curtains are so neutral. Perfect backdrop for any decor! Just look at how dressy these curtains from Ballard Designs look. Just stunning! I would use these in any room in my home! I think they are exquisite!
 

BURLAP LAMP SHADES

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I must admit, I love love love burlap lamp shades! They are my go-to shades for most any lamp. I love the way the light filters through them and how textural yet neutral they are!
 
If you want to use a burlap lampshade make sure to get a clear lightbulb so you don’t see the bulb through the lampshade when it’s not on.
 
If you want a lampshade that makes a statement try a patterned burlap lampshade! Don’t you love the ruffles? To make this very easy and sassy NO SEW RUFFLED BURLAP LAMPSHADE click HERE. I bet you have an old lampshade laying around. Here’s a great way to recycle and upcycle it!
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COVERED BURLAP BOOKS

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Decorating with books is a great way to amp up your style!!! Books can work in vignettes, as risers and so much more. And if they are burlap books… WOW!  Talk about texture and  versatility!
 
Choose a simple, neutral burlap or go a little more daring with a fun print!
 
USING BURLAP IN HOME DECOR-Burlap is a classic and here to stay. Here are some helpful tips for decorating with it.-stonegableblog.com
 
Books can be covered and still used. To learn how to COVER BOOKS WITH BURLAP click HERE.
 

BURLAP BANNER

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Banners are a quick and fun way to bring a little of the season into your home! And what’s more popular than a burlap banner right now? Use them to mark a celebration like a birthday or add them to the decor you already have to call attention to the season.  If you are not ready for a lot of burlap in your home this is a great way to ease into burlap!
 
My favorite place  to use burlap banners in my home is on my mantel and mirrors!
 
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To see how to make these very easy and fun BURLAP BANNERS click HERE.

BURLAP WALL ART

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Add burlap to wall art. It make such a fabulous, neutral background to any 3D art! There are so many possibilities!
 
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BURLAP WREATH

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If you still aren’t sold on using burlap in your home, how about putting it on your front door?  Burlap wreaths are big and fluffy and make a big welcoming statement! They are also very hardy and can take a little bit of  the elements! 
 
And a burlap wreath can be embellished for any season!  To make this BURLAP WREATH click HERE.
 
There are so many great home accents that look fabulous dressed in burlap. Burlap is here to stay… so let’s not forget to add a piece or two to our home decor!!!
 
How about you? Do you love it… or not so much? What burlap home accents do you have? And what would you be willing to try?
Let’s share!
 
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35 Comments

  1. You’ve given us some great ideas, Yvonne! I LOVE burlap and it was an item used on the tables in my daughters wedding reception this summer. Here’s another idea: I made burlap coasters out of wide burlap ribbon, about 4″, folded 3 times and blanket stitched around with black embroidery floss. You can monogram them or leave them plain.
    P.S…….thanks for all of your beautiful posts. I love having coffee with you before I’m off to work!

  2. I have just started to introduce burlap to my home. I made burlap valance for my sewing room. The roommate is connected to my kitchen/dining room! It looks great! Even hubby likes it! Is there anyway for us to share photo’s?
    Thanks again for sharing.

  3. I absolutely LOVE burlap! I don’t sew, but had some burlap chair pads custom made for my kitchen chairs and I love them. I also have a burlap with fringe dust ruffle on my bed, and the same lady who made my chair pads made my valances for my bedroom. I’m glad it’s here to stay! It’s great for every season, winter, spring, summer, Fall and Christmas! I love to paper craft, and make my own cards and using burlap in crafting is a fun and easy way to add a natural element. It also goes with any color! That’s the beauty of burlap. Great post, I love these ideas! Like another reader said, I love having coffee with you in the mornings! It’s one of the highlights of my day. I truly mean that!

  4. I have just started using burlap in my home. I made a table runner & now I’m inspired to make a burlap wreath. Thanks for the great ideas you post. Have a great day,
    Cindy

  5. Love this post Yvonne! Great reminders of how simple burlap can add just the right touch to any look really. It can make a room feel like home.

  6. I love using burlap in my home. I will try to make a burlap fall wreath for my front door. I’m not too crafty but the one you have shown looks fabulous. I have wall art in my living room with burlap and I love the look it gives a frame. Best, Silvana

  7. Such a fun post! Thanks for all the neat tips! I had not thought of using as a background to artwork or a matt. Your ruffled lamp shade is too cute along with the joy banner.Pinned the whole page 🙂
    Have a great day.

  8. Burlap has been around for a VERY long time. I’ve used the fabric as a backdrop when I was doing window decorating for a friend’s boutique years ago. Great texture~great backdrop. I love seeing all your new ideas for using burlap.

  9. another beautiful eye-candy post! thanks so much for sharing your talent. thinkin of having my 2 dearest friends over to cover books…..

  10. Yvonne, thanks for the great tips. I have added some accents with burlap but would like to add more~particularly in lamp shades. Can you offer some guidance on how to determine the size of a lamp shade compared to the size of the lamp? I have purchased the wrong size too many times..it’s usually just hit or miss. Thanks!

    1. Hello from Ontario, KittyLuvr: go on “How to Decorate.com and type in “how to choose the right size of lampshade” and you will get the answer. I am jotting it down too but I usually can “eyeball it”. They have the diagrams for the correct height AND the correct circumference. Hope this helps you.

  11. Yvonne
    Just reading your ids for using burlap in home decorating!! Especially the table runner, lamp shades, so expensive to buy and the idea of using burlap drapes.

  12. Love decorating with burlap. As usual your posts are great and also your followers have wonderful ideas. It is such fun just to click on your blog and see what you are up to for that day and also your followers. Makes my day. I have used it in a lot of ways in decorating and it is so cheap compared to some other fabrics. Look forward to the next exciting blog.
    Betty Whatley

  13. I’ve always liked burlap too. My first adventure with burlap was in 1968 when I sewed a hot pink lined garment bag and matching lined tote bag. Loved it! It held up very well too.
    A short time later I was living in another country and made panel curtains for my living room with brown burlap. The light filtered through, as you mentioned, so I lined them.
    I had forgotten about all this!
    Thanks!
    Portia

  14. I love your post! They give such great tips. I am definitely trying the pillow idea. I already have burlap curtains, lampshades and table runners! It is one of my favorite fabrics also.

    Thank you again for your blog. I look forward to openjng it every day!

    Have a great day!

  15. I really do love touches of burlap. I recently purchased a new burlap lamp shade and it’s make a big difference in my living room. I have a couple of pieces of art work with burlap in the same room. My whole room just looks so much better!

  16. I have never used burlap for anything, but after seeing everything you can do with it, I want to run about and buy some! I love the burlap covered books. The burlap with the letters is awesome!

  17. Thanks for the great ideas. I’m absolutely on the burlap bandwagon in small doses. I have a few burlap accents in my living room and I love the nice change that they have made.

  18. I love burlap!!!!!.I have made pillows, placemats,bows and wreaths.My next project is to make those cool napkin holders that have buttons on them.Thanks for all your great ideas!!!

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