Let’s all take a moment to be forgiving and pardon burlap for its itchiness. After all, it makes up for it in so many other ways: the neutral hue works with so many other colors, it’s inexpensive, and get this—it’s biodegradable! So you can dress up your home while doing the earth a favor.
The Key to Burlap’s Success
There’s a whole debate as to whether the appeal of burlap is its faux humility, but as a designer, burlap appeals to me because of its extraordinary versatility.
The key is its neutral, earthy color and unique texture. Its quiet, subdued hue can be combined with any other color to create a pleasing color combination, but the interesting texture lets it hold on its own.