Looking for an inexpensive way to give your home a touch of good ol’ country charm? Bring on the burlap with these simple decorating ideas.
If you’re looking for easy ways to adopt a rustic, country, or farmhouse look for your home, you should definitely consider burlap. A versatile and relatively inexpensive fabric, burlap (also known as Hessian fabric) is a must-have when it comes to down-home country décor. Also called Hessian fabric, this coarsely woven fabric is generally made of jute, a natural fiber second only to cotton in its variety of usages, which of course includes attractive burlap décor for your home! With plenty of ways this fabric can be incorporated into your décor, you can stop wondering, what are burlap decorating ideas for home?
Whether you’re looking for something for your dining room table, your next party, or your bathroom, decorating with burlap fabric has never been easier. Here are some simple ideas to get you started.
- Burlap for Your Table
There’s no easier way to dress up your table with a farmhouse feel than with an attractive burlap table runner. Keep it simple with a plain burlap runner for a dose of rustic charm, or pair it up with lace for a slightly more elegant feel. You’ll love the cohesive look a runner can bring to your table, tying together your centerpiece, place settings, and other linens. Plus, with so many options when it comes to table runners, you can play around with what arrangement works best for your space:
* Use a shorter runner for a more informal look, letting it run down the center of the table without reaching the edges.
* Use a longer runner for a dressier look, letting the runner hang off the edges of the table (six inches or so on each side is a good length).
* Place two runners together in a crisscross pattern for a round or square table, giving off the effect of a placemat at each of four seats.
Make your new burlap runner your everyday table décor or get ready to bust it out for your next party or springtime brunch.
Burlap Table Setting Ideas
Another way to easily incorporate burlap into your tablescape is with burlap placemats. If you’ve been wondering, “What can I make out of burlap?” and you’re feeling particularly crafty, burlap placemats make an easy DIY. All you have to do is cut rectangles in your desired size (12 by 18 inches or 14 by 20 inches are pretty standard) and stitch a quick seam around the edges. Pull at the extra burlap around the edges until you have a pretty, frayed border.
With these burlap placemats, you can easily create attractive, shabby-chic place settings for any occasion. Pair up with plain white ceramic dishes if you’ve got them and inject some color into your setting with pretty pastel linens for spring and summer, harvest colors for fall, and festive reds, greens, and plaids for winter. Talk about a versatile year-round piece!
Burlap Flower Centerpieces
In case you’re not into table runners or placemats, you can still dress up your table with a simple centerpiece. Whether you opt for a rustic flower arrangement or one of these easy dining table centerpieces, burlap centerpiece mats are a lovely way to set off your centerpiece to perfection. Or, if you prefer, bring the burlap directly into your centerpiece with pretty burlap flowers. Make your own or find these beauties at your local craft store. You’ll love the immediate charm they’ll bring to your table.
Burlap Party Décor Ideas
If you’re looking for a little something extra for your next party, burlap is a versatile party decoration that adds easy charm and style to your set-up. Table settings with burlap and mason jars set the perfect tone for a country chic or simply southern party theme while a burlap tablecloth is a lovely backdrop for your cake or gifts table. Get the party started with a burlap banner welcoming guests and send them off in style with burlap gift bags.
- Burlap for the Bedroom
Burlap runners aren’t just for tables. Add some texture to your dresser for a lovely rustic feel. Complete the look with a vintage jewelry box, a flower bouquet, or a distressed metal clock.
Another way to bring burlap into the bedroom is with burlap throw pillows. Use them on your bed if they complement your bedding or place them atop an accent chair or window seat for some easy country charm.
- Burlap for the Bathroom
Can burlap be used in beautiful bathroom designs? Absolutely! Bring a welcoming farmhouse feel to your guest bath with some of these nifty burlap bathroom ideas:
* Burlap Wall Décor
A framed burlap sign, a homey cross-stitch done on burlap, or anything in distressed wood with burlap accents.
* Dress up your towels
Large burlap bows tied around towels are perfect ways to dress up guest bath towels that aren’t used often.
* Line your baskets
Upgrade your bathroom storage with attractive metal baskets lined with burlap. Not only do they look great, but they’re an easy way to stow unattractive objects like hair dryers and extra toiletries. (especially for those with pedestal sinks!)
* Hide that shower
If you’re looking for a big statement piece for your bathroom, a burlap shower curtain will certainly get the job done. Make sure you get one that’s properly lined.
Enjoy the easy farmhouse feel a little burlap can bring to your space. How have you used burlap in your home décor?