All grain sack isn’t created equal. There’s linen and burlap, classic and vintage-made-yesterday. You will find tasteful stripes and loud farm-friendly images. And, of course, there is overuse and the ideal touch.
Personally, I like the stuff. But my love isn’t unconditional. I prefer a grain sack accent (it is French, incidentally) to a country-cute, French-cottage-theme room. I like to see it in unexpected places, with unforeseen companions: a contemporary seat, perhaps, or a Craftsman home. Yes, even the white-on-white cottage look is beautiful, but too much of a good thing is, well, you know.
Here are 14 distinct ways to utilize grain sack judiciously to bring a wee French accent. It is the difference between throwing on a stylish necklace and dressing up like Marie Antoinette.
A beautiful white-on-white bedroom with layers of of grain sack pillows and throws. Distinctly cottage but not too cutsie.
Another white-on-white beauty with just some grain sack for color.
An easy chair upholstered in burlap grain sack adds a kind of elegant rustic look for this bedroom. This particular seat from Wisteria is discontinued, but it is possible to peruse Etsy for comparable finds or attempt a very simple DIY project with a staple gun and a few upholstery-weight grain sack.
Look! More grain sack upholstery at a non-French-cottage setting. It can be done. Just look at how good it seems in this neutral, modern room.
Gramercy Wingback Chair – $699
This neutral grain sack wingback chair could survive nearly anywhere — from the beach to the French countryside to a funky Manhattan attic.
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Hemp grain sacks made into pillows in Provence
Pillows are the ideal means to get just a tiny grain sack love in your life. This wonderful big pile of classic allure is powerful inviting.
More grain sack pillows, this time along with a lake-cabin type of thing. Very eclectic casual.
Grainsack Basket Black Stripe Vintage Design by jennilyons81 – $39.99
A storage bin. It could hold potatoes, papers, blankets, knitting, toys. And it may look good doing this.
A burlap grain sack bulletin board. A very simple DIY project.
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Only some grain sack goes a long way. These lampshades do not dictate the design of this room, but everyone seems to get along well.
Classic Grainsack Lampshade by lampshadelady on Etsy – $135
A custom made linen grain bag lampshade out of Etsy.
A dressing table ruffle curtain. It would look great under a kitchen sink too.
Living room curtains. You can discover similar types on Etsy or purchase lace by the yard and also have them made.
A table runner classic.
Guide to French Country Style