To answer a question you’ve no doubt asked yourself at some point in the last few months: Yes, that chair you saw in that trendy new restaurant was upholstered with an old coffee sack. No, your eyes did not deceive you; and yes, it was probably deliberate. Gathering momentum from crafty websites like Etsy and Pinterest, a repurposing revolution is sweeping across the design world, inspiring new (and old-made-new) ideas for everything from furniture and home decor to clothing and accessories. Burlap in particular is a hot commodity in the world of repurposed home decor; its natural, rustic look combined with its remarkable versatility make it a decorating powerhouse for almost any project. So let’s take a closer look at the wonder that is burlap:
Defining The Appeal Of Burlap
A key component of what I like to call the “Reduce, Reuse, Re-style” decor trend, burlap is renowned for its ability to complement almost any color or style. Its neutral hue allows it to work with numerous colors, both subtle and bold; it can also serve as a lovely background for on-trend accents like chevron patterns and stars. Plus, burlap’s interesting texture adds a one-of-a-kind look and feel to your home furnishings, clear enough to stand apart as a pattern but subtle enough to blend in with your style. The fact that it’s biodegradable and relatively easy to find doesn’t hurt its appeal, either.
Do you have a specific decor theme in your home? Chances are, it can be enhanced in some way with burlap accents. Coastal decor enthusiast? Combine it with hues of blue and ivory with a few decorative seashells for accents. A fan of the farmhouse decor style? Mix it up with shades of rustic red and cream. Like the eclectic aesthetic of the Parisian Flea Market look? Almost anything can go here; try blending burlap with darker and washed out hues of blue, red, and yellow with a few decorative blooms thrown in the mix. Even if you’d rather not follow a specific theme with your home decor, burlap works just as well with everyday style. Use it to add a little countryside flavor to any setting and really make your accent colors pop. Burlap can even be added to more formal spaces—like a formal dining room—to make them feel a little more casual when the need strikes.
Using Burlap In Your Home
The answer? Pretty much however you wish.
Burlap can be used to reupholster dining room chairs; match that with a burlap table runner and some delightful spring floral, and you’ve got a country dining room that’s just waiting for spring dinner parties. You can also use it for the front door, adding it to a non-seasonal wreath for an understated rustic touch. If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can breathe new life into a lamp by redoing the lamp shade in burlap and accenting it with some boldly colored ribbon along the top and bottom of the shade. Or you could break out the sewing machine and churn out some DIY burlap throw pillows; there are plenty of online tutorials out there if you need ideas or inspiration.
Looking for something a little less involved? You can use burlap to add a little flair to standard home decor accents. Wrap a strip of burlap ribbon around a pillar candle or jar candle and finish it off with a hand-tied bow. (If you’re wrapping burlap around a pillar candle, I would highly recommend removing it before lighting the candle, as it is quite flammable.) You could also use burlap to add a country accent to picture frames by using it as a picture mat.
Burlap Gifts & Country Home Decor
Not the crafty type? No worries—Kirkland’s has plenty of burlap accents and decor options that require no effort outside of deciding the best ways to use them. Our Burlap Gifts collection includes tote bags, monogrammed throw pillows, garden flags, ribbon, and more. We love the look of burlap, and we know you will, too!
It’s always fun to find new uses for everyday things. Today’s ordinary potato sack or coffee bean bag can easily become tomorrow’s chair cushion or throw pillow. But no matter what your decorations are made from, the most important aspect of your home decor is how cozy and content it makes you feel in your own home. That’s one of the things we love about burlap; something about it just makes any place feel like home.